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ELI publishes Research Reports available for free download that present the analysis and conclusions of the policy studies ELI undertakes to improve environmental law and policy. These reports contribute to education of the profession and disseminate diverse points of view and opinions to stimulate a robust and creative exchange of ideas. Those publications, which express opinions of the authors and not necessarily those of the Institute, its Board of Directors, or funding organizations, exemplify ELI’s commitment to dialogue with all sectors.

A Guide to Participating in the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assess

A Guide to Participating in the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Process

March 2017

When an oil spill occurs, natural resources like fish, birds, and marshes may be injured. A natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) is a process focused on figuring out what those injuries are, coming up with a plan to fix those injuries, and then fixing them. This document is intended to help guide you as you determine how to engage in the Deepwater Horizon NRDA process. Following some brief background, the document is divided into two parts. Read More >

Regulatory Reform in the Trump Era

Regulatory Reform in the Trump Era

Senior Attorneys Jay Austin, Tobie Bernstein, and James M. McElfish, Jr., and Public Interest Law Fellow Benjamin Solomon-Schwartz
March 2017

In response to the growing demand for unbiased answers and analysis on how deregulatory initiatives by the new Administration and Congress will impact environmental protection, governance, and the rule of law, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) has released Regulatory Reform in the Trump Era. The report explains the legal mechanisms and processes that may get deployed, how they work, and the effect on the current regulatory landscape. Read More >

Fast-Tracking “Good” Restoration Projects in the Gulf of Mexico

Fast-Tracking Good Restoration Projects in the Gulf of Mexico

February 2017

In April 2016, a federal court approved a settlement among the United States, five Gulf states, and BP. This settlement resolved all of the federal and state governments’ remaining claims against BP related to the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill. Under the terms of that settlement, billions of dollars will flow to the Gulf for restoration and recovery over the coming decades. This includes up to $8.8 billion that will be distributed through the natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) process, and $4.4 billion that will distributed through the RESTORE Act. Read More >