10 Nat. Resources L. Newsl. 1 (1977-1978)

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Thanks to the combined efforts of many people, the
Section has had what I consider to be a successful
year. Special thanks should be extended to Burns Er-
rebo for his long and faithful ! .,
service as secretary of the Sec-
tion, and to Marian Zehner,
who has the responsibility of
breaking in a new chairman to
ABA procedures every year. Bill
Tell and Clyde Hampton were
largely responsible for our ex-
cellent Annual Meeting pro-
gram, and Joe Hammond made
the arrangements for our Sec-  Edward W. Clyde
tion Dinner. The committee chairmen and the coun-
cil members are for the most part all functioning in a
dedicated and conscientious manner. This, of course,
is where the Section work is being done, and the sup-
port of these people is indispensable to the success of
the Section. Our membership for the first time in the
section history exceeds 5,000 members. We have held
a significant number of workshops and programs
which have been useful and of excellent quality.
  The years immediately ahead are certain to prove
extremely important to the Section. We are for-
tunately well organized for the task. The necessity for
the development of a national energy policy should
be self-evident. Too little progress has been made
since the oil embargo. Conservation of energy has
been only moderately successful, and the task of con-
verting to other sources of energy is almost in limbo.
Coal leasing is at a standstill, and we are meeting our
ever-increasing demand for energy by more and more
imports of oil. Without an energy policy, the risks
are high, and we heard at the Annual Meeting that
the federal government is a major part of that
risk - and I agree.
   President Carter apparently intends to reformulate
a national water policy. There has, in my opinion,
been too little input on the part of the states, and in
any event, it seems to me that the national policy on
water should be developed in Congress. The present
                            (continued on page 2)


We begin a new year. For the ABA, a centennial will
be celebrated in 1978; and for the Section, more than
a half century has passed since our founding by a
small group of lawyers in Den-
ver's Brown Palace Hotel in
  Since those beginnings, much
has changed, but much has not.
Today, discussion of natural
resources is accompanied fre-
quently by the rhetoric of crisis
and occasionally by incomplete
information, mere faith, or
obsolete bias; but law, lawyers,  Carroll L. Gilam
and legal institutions still must fulfill their traditional
roles in civilized society. We still must provide means
for sorting fact from fiction, for orderly review of
conflicting positions, and for decisions consistent not
only with current perceptions of national needs, but
also with the existing rights of individuals and
legitimate expectations for the generations yet to
  Over the years, lawyers practicing in natural
  resources law, whether in law firms, industry,
government, or public interest organizations, have
shared an awareness of just how precious natural
resources are, and we thus should welcome the in-
creasing attention of those in power and the public
generally. We also cannot and should not stand aside
from current debate, because we do share in the
responsibility; and, as events of recent years reflect,
lawyers and legal institutions receive far more than a
fair share of blame when something goes awry.
                            (continued on page 4)

              Section Membership
              (as of August 31, 1977)
           Members     Associates    Students
     1977   5,041         67            631
     1976   4,610         75            828

Copyright , 1977 American Bar Association

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