17 Nat. Resources L. Newsl. 1 (1985-1986)

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   NEW AND RESTRUCTURED                                   NEWS FROM THE HILL


 The Council of the Section of Natural Resources held
 its Spring Meeting on April 19-21, 1985. The meeting
 was a productive one, resulting in the creation of
 several new general and special committees, the ap-
 proval of a Section membership drive, the nomination
 of officers for the next year, the briefing of incoming
 committee chairman, and the approval of numerous
   Chairman-Elect Clyde Martz presented to the
Council several significant organizational changes
needed to increase the opportunities for members to
participate in Section activities and to streamline the
administration of the Section. Two committees were
restructured and three new committees and a subcom-
mittee were established. The Oil and Natural Gas
Committees have been restructured into three
separate committees: Oil and Natural Gas-Explora-
tion and Production; Oil-Marketing and Transpor-
tation; and Natural Gas-Marketing and Transporta-
tion. A new General Committee was established as
Energy and Natural Resources Litigation. Two new
Special Committees were established: (1) Toxic and
Environmental Torts Litigation, and (2) Native
American Resources Law. Finally, a subcommittee
for issues concerning the Toxic Substances Control
Act and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and
Rodenticide Act was established in the Environmental
Quality Committee.
  The Council also approved a plan that Chairman
William Diener proposed for soliciting new members
for the Section. The membership drive will focus on
ABA members in five cities-Dallas, Denver, New
Orleans, Oklahoma City and Salt Lake City-cities in
which the Section of Natural Resources should be able
to attract more members.
  The Nominating Committee reported the slate of
Section Officers, to be voted on at the ABA Annual
Meeting in July. Nominated for Vice-Chairman was
Edward S. Renwick; for Secretary, Frank M.
Morison; for Treasurer, John R. Rebman; and as
members of the Council, Sheila S. Hollis, Thomas E.
Root, Richard G. Stoll, and George Vranesh. Chair-
                            (continued on page 9)

Off to the slowest start in 25 years, the 99th Congress
has finally begun to work on a variety of important
energy, natural resources, and environmental issues.
  Superfund-Reported by the Senate Finance Com-
mittee shortly before the Memorial Day recess (S. 51).
Finance retained the key features of the bill approved
by the Environment & Public Works Committee in
March including increasing the Fund to $7.5 billion
from a new tax on manufacturers and raw material
producers with receipts of more than $5 million a
year. The tax is calculated on the value-added at
various stages of the production process. It exempts
exports and taxes imports. In addition to being con-
troversial in and of itself, this provision could be a
sign that Finance will be receptive to a value-added
tax (VAT) when it considers general tax reform pro-
posals later this year.
  Senate floor action is possible in June but more like-
ly to come later. Judiciary Committee is concerned
about several liability issues raised by Superfund, in-
cluding the extent of indemnification of clean up con-
tractors and how to apportion liability among parties
responsible for hazardous substance releases.
  House probably will not begin work until after final
Senate action.
  Clean Water-Senate floor action expected in early
June. Intense opposition to a new State allotment for-
mula for sewer construction grants seems to assure
prolonged debate. Eighteen states would have their
allotments cut. Another point of controversy involves
the role of state common law in resolving interstate
water pollution disputes. Should the law of the
upstream state in which the alleged pollution violation
                           (continued on page 12)

              AT A GLANCE...
 Martz Assumes Chairmanship .................... 3
 Annual Meeting Program ........................ S
 Section Calendar ....................................  6
 Meet Your Committee Chairmen ................ 7
 Join in Other Coming Attractions ............... 10

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