Natural resources

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natural resources law: an overview

Natural resources, as defined in the Code of Federal Regulations (40 C.F.R.), encompass land, fish, wildlife, biota, air, water, ground water, drinking water supplies, and other such resources belonging to, managed by, held in trust by, appertaining to, or otherwise controlled by the United States, any State or local government, or any foreign government.

See Environmental Law to obtain specific information regarding a particular natural resource. The relevant sections of the United States Code are: Title 16 dealing with Conservation; Title 30 dealing with prospecting; Title 40 dealing with Public Property; Title 42 dealing with Public Health (and how natural resources relate to public health); and Title 43 dealing with Public Lands.

See Energy Law to obtain specific information about laws and regulations governing the conversion of natural resources into energy, and various issues that arise during this process.