Environmental Law at the Borders

Natural Resources & Environment, 2017

3 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2019

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J. B. Ruhl

Vanderbilt University - Law School

Date Written: November 17, 2017


This brief essay provides the legal background of two border projects generating intense environmental controversy--the Project XL pipeline border-crossing permit and the so-called border wall. In both contexts the law affords the Executive Branch a surprising degree of discretion and near-total freedom from environmental regulation. The litigation that has continued since this essay was written thus far confirms that "environmental law at the borders" is remarkably thin in these two contexts.

Keywords: Project XL, Border Wall, Presidential Permit, Waiver

Suggested Citation

Ruhl, J. B., Environmental Law at the Borders (November 17, 2017). Natural Resources & Environment, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3471310

J. B. Ruhl (Contact Author)

Vanderbilt University - Law School ( email )

131 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203-1181
United States

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