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Tank Barges, Tugboats, Buzzards Bay and Oil Spills: NEPA Foul Invalidates Coast Guard Attempt to Preempt Massachusetts Law

Thursday, November 3, 2011 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


Key counsel will discuss the First Circuit's recent decision in United States v. Coalition for Buzzards Bay, 644 F.3d 26 (1st Cir. 2011), which is the latest decision in a long running dispute  between federal and state authorities over precautions required to guard against oil spills from tank barges sailing through Buzzards Bay. Come hear a lively discussion about the tension in the positions of the federal and state authorities, the Coast Guard's effort to preempt state law, and the First Circuit's holding that the Coast Guard failed to comply with NEPA in doing so. This is sure to be an informative and enlightening session.

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Patricia Johnson


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