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Jeremy Greenhouse and Susan Wiens Win Award for MSBA Best Article of the Year

Bench and Bar Magazine Article - MN Races to Regulate Frac Sand MiningWe are pleased to announce that on October 16, 2014, the Minnesota State Bar Association announced that an article co-written by ELG attorneys Jeremy Greenhouse and Susan Wiens“There’s Sand in Them Thar Hills: Minnesota Races to Regulate the Frac Sand Boom”—was selected as the winner of the 2013-14 Elmer H. Wiblishauser Author’s Award. The award is presented annually by the MSBA Publications Committee to the individual member(s) judged to have contributed the best article to the MSBA’s official monthly magazine, Bench & Bar, in the preceding fiscal year. Among the criteria used in judging articles for the award are: quality of writing, timeliness of subject matter, breadth of interest to lawyers across the profession, and success engaging readers’ interest.

Jeremy Greenhouse and Susan Wiens Host Panel Discussion on Silica (Frac) Sand Mining Regulation

On Friday, September 12, 2014, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m., ELG attorneys Susan Wiens and Jeremy Greenhouse will speak and host a webinar panel discussion based on an article they wrote earlier this year. The seminar is titled, New Law Series: There’s Sand in Them Thar Hills – Minnesota Races to Regulate Frac Sand Mining. The list of expert panelists includes

For more information, including instructions on how to access the webinar and CLE credit for attorneys, please see Minnesota CLE’s website.

Jim Payne to Speak on Superfund

On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, ELG attorney Jim Payne will be speaking to the Minnesota Groundwater Association as a member of a panel addressing the Superfund cleanup process in Minnesota.



Jim Payne to Speak on Mining at University of Minnesota Law School

On Tuesday, September 9, 2014, ELG attorney Jim Payne will speak at the University of Minnesota Law school, addressing the environmental law aspects of metallic mining in Minnesota.

Bill Hefner, Jim Mennell and Jim Payne Named Among “Best Lawyers” for 2015 by U.S. News

ELG attorneys Jim Payne, Bill Hefner, and Jim Mennell have again been chosen by their peers for inclusion on the list of The Best Lawyers in America® for 2015. First published in 1983, Best Lawyers employs an exhaustive annual peer-review survey of more than 50,000 attorneys who vote on the legal abilities of other lawyers practicing in the same and related specialties in their geographical area. Jim, Bill and Jim are grateful to again be selected by their peers in the Minnesota environmental bar for this honor.

Bill Hefner to Present at AWMA-UMS Seminar in August

On August 28, 2014, ELG attorney Bill Hefner will once again  present at an upcoming Air & Waste Management Association – Upper Midwest Section workshop on current developments in environmental law.  Bill’s portion of the workshop will focus on Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2014 decision regarding EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations, and recent judicial challenges to the EPA’s water transfer rule.  For online registration and more information, please visit the AWMA website.

Governor Mark Dayton appoints Bill Hefner to Minnesota Petroleum Tank Release Compensation Board

On June 30, 2014, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton appointed ELG attorney Bill Hefner to the Minnesota Petroleum Tank Release Compensation Board. Among other things, the Board manages disbursements from the Petrofund, a multi-million dollar fund that provides up to 90 percent reimbursement to certain parties for reasonable and necessary costs incurred in connection with a petroleum tank release. Governor Dayton appointed Bill as the “public” member of the five-member Board, for a term ending on January 1, 2018.

Susan Wiens and Jeremy Greenhouse Silica Sand Article Published as Cover Story in Bench & Bar Magazine

Bench and Bar Magazine ArticleWe are pleased to announce that Minnesota’s state bar magazine, Bench & Bar, has just published an article by ELG attorneys Susan Wiens and Jeremy Greenhouse all about the silica or “frac” sand boom taking place in Minnesota. There is no actual “fracking” going on in Minnesota, but this state does have one of North America’s richest deposits of silica sand, vast quantities of which are required for hydraulic fracturing (i.e. fracking). Here’s a link to the article.