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Natural Resources Development

Elective Course

3 Credit(s)
LAW 633

Natural Resources Development explores legal doctrines and conflicts associated with the ownership, allocation, use and protection of various resources including timber, minerals and water. The course also covers energy law issues such as wind power development and electric power generation and distribution. The course evaluates how resource rights arise from land ownership and how rights may be severed and acquired separate from land. We also consider a variety of practical legal issues such evaluating resource title issues, structuring resource transactions, and understanding regulatory schemes have been used to alter resource ownership and allocation. Finally, we touch on some of the unique environmental legal problems associated with resource and energy development, with particular focus on difficult legal issues associated with decades of hard rock mining. Grade is based on a take-home examination and class participation.