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.
menu of sources
U.S. Constitution and Federal Statutes
Federal Judicial Decisions
- U.S. Supreme Court:
- U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals: Recent Natural Resource Decisions
State Judicial Decisions
- N.Y. Court of Appeals:
- Appellate Decisions from Other States
Key Internet Sources
- U.S. Dep't of the Interior
- Federal Agencies
- Congressional Committees
- State Agencies
Useful Offnet (or Subscription - $) Sources
- Good Starting Point in Print: Laitos & Tomain's Energy and Natural Resources Law in a Nutshell, West Group (2004)