The year 2020 has ushered in change and great uncertainty, and has also seen the mainstream emergence of the Black Lives Matter (“BLM”) movement. Although the current landscape is fluid and still evolving, it seems certain that the BLM movement and the attention paid to systemic racism endured by people of color will have tangible effects on environmental justice – long believed to be an aspirational goal rather than a concrete compliance point. Sidley lawyers Emily Mallen, Simone Jones, and Nicole Noëlliste analyzed the potential implications of the BLM movement on pipeline infrastructure planning and major facility siting in their recent webinar “Environmental Justice and Infrastructure Siting in the Black Lives Matter Era” which was cohosted with Celesq on October 7th, 2020. After providing a background on environmental justice, they specifically discussed relevant cases proceeding in courts, matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and federal and state legislation. The lawyers also provided meaningful ways in which companies can engage with communities of color and strengthen their partnerships with the communities they impact. Commitment to meaningful, positive engagement ensures that capital-intensive projects proceed in a timely manner, and that businesses maintain their credibility and remain welcomed community partners by avoiding litigation and other adverse consequences.
Environmental Justice and Infrastructure Siting in the Black Lives Matter Era
October 7, 2020