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“I Am Rather Stuck”: Divining the Jurisdictional Reach of ‘Waters of the United States’
This presentation will discuss the status of the ‘waters of the United States’ (WOTUS) litigation, where things stand before the Supreme Court, and why the Court’s ruling on a procedural issue (the proper venue to fight over the actual substance of the rule) matters to wetlands professionals, developers, and conservationists alike. The presentation will also discuss the Trump Administration’s efforts to repeal the WOTUS rule and replace it with a revised rule; how the WOTUS decision on venue could affect jurisdictional determinations; and regulatory practice before the Corps of Engineers post-Harvey.
Brandon M. Tuck practices environmental law with Vinson & Elkins in Houston, with an emphasis on regulatory compliance, environmental litigation, and enforcement defense. A core component of his practice is helping clients obtain and defend permits and authorizations for energy, industrial, and commercial development, and he regularly advises clients on natural resource matters involving the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and similar federal and state statutes. Before law school, Mr. Tuck worked in natural resource management for the federal government, where he focused on water resource management for hydropower generation, irrigation, and fish and wildlife preservation; National Environmental Policy Act compliance; and Endangered Species Act litigation.