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HeadshotAlexander J. E. English is the founder and managing attorney of GreenSpring Legal, LLC. A graduate of Vermont Law School, Mr. English has extensive experience with environmental law and policy, and, in particular, with water law. He has dealt with the full spectrum of water law, from permitting issues, regulatory comments and challenges, stormwater management, and environmental enforcement issues. In addition to his work enforcing the Clean Water Act and other environmental statutes via citizen suits, his practice includes administrative proceedings and litigation under the Administrative Procedure Act and the Freedom of Information/Privacy Act, land use and zoning matters, and contract law.

Concurrent with his J.D. from Vermont Law School, Mr. English earned a Master’s in Environmental Law and Policy and a Certificate in Water Law. He holds a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Georgia, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bulgaria from 2007-2009. He is licensed to practice in Maryland State Courts, the Federal District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Columbia and the District of Maryland, the Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He also serves as a Committee Member for the Agricultural Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association.

Mr. English lives in Cloverly, MD, with his wife, daughter, and pets.

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D.C. Circuit Rules that FERC, In Some Circumstances, Must Consider Downstream Greenhouse Gas Emissions Resulting from Projects It Approves

Today, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Sierra Club, et al. v. FERC, No. 16-1329. The case primarily concerned the analyses of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and environmental justice in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC’s) Sabal Trail Project National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review. Writing for the majority, Judge Griffith announced an update to the Court’s black-letter NEPA jurisprudence:
“We conclude that at a minimum, FERC should have estimated the amount of power-plant carbon emissions that the pipelines will make possible.”

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