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DoJ Papers Indicate BP May Have Been “Grossly Negligent”

BP’s proposed settlement may not go as smoothly as the oil giant hopes, as recent Department of Justice court filings indicate that the DoJ believes BP could be held liable for gross negligence.  The papers focus on key safety measures that could have prevented the catastrophic 2010 Gulf Oil Spill.

Read the full article here.

Russian President to ‘Save’ Endangered Cranes?

On this rainy Wednesday in Brooklyn, ELS Blog brings you some news that may or may not brighten your day, may or may not be a joke, and may or may not be a heroic effort to guide endangered birds to their wintering grounds.  Several newspapers are reporting that Russian President Vladimir Putin will personally pilot a specially designed hang glider to help guide endangered Siberian white cranes on the first leg of their winter migration.  The cranes in question were raised in captivity, and therefore they need a “lead crane” to show them the way.  Is Putin committed to saving endangered species in Russia, or is this another publicity stunt?  Either way, if this works, it will be a boon to biodiversity in central Asia.

Click for the link to the article in The Guardian or The Seattle Times

Welcome Back & Internship Opportunity

Welcome back to school BLS students!  Environmental Law Society is looking forward to a great year filled with activities, activism, career panels, movie screenings, and more.  We hope your summer was fun and productive.


Please note the following internship opportunity if you are interested:

The EPA is seeking one additional fall intern for the Office of Regional Counsel’s New Jersey Superfund Branch (the internship is located in Manhattan). Interested applicants should immediately e-mail a resume and cover letter, preferably as a single Word or PDF file, to me at   The EPA is planning to hire the intern by the end of the week.

Also, a brief work on the New Jersey Superfund Branch:

New Jersey Superfund Branch:  This Branch is responsible for all legal matters arising in New Jersey under the Federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation & Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).  The Branch provides legal advice and support to the Region’s Superfund program office, including the initiation of enforcement and cost recovery actions, and the review of agreements for joint Federal/State funding of hazardous waste site cleanups and other contractual agreements.

HUGE Earth Day Rally Rocks Montreal

Some estimates place the size of the crowd at around 300,000!!!  Marchers were protesting the opening of the Canadian Tar Sands to industrial exploitation, the Canadian government’s plan to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol, and other environmental issues.

FRACKONOMICS: April 24, 2012

April 10, 2012 – Careers in Land Use Panel

Join ELS on Tuesday, April 10 for a conversation with Katie Kendall and Wesley O’Brien–two lawyers working at the intersection of land use and environmental law with extensive experience in both non-profit and City government settings.

Where: Brooklyn Law School, 250 Joralemon St.

When: 1-2PM (please arrive a few minutes early so we can begin promptly at 1)

*Lunch will be served.