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for September, 2014

Prof. Klass Quoted in Star Tribune on Dispute Between St. Paul and Railroad

September 19, 2014

Professor Alexandra Klass was quoted in the Star Tribune on the topic of federal preemption of state and local law. The article covered an ongoing dispute between the City of St. Paul and the Canadian Pacific Railway over the proposed expansion of a railroad switching yard. The city is concerned about the potential adverse environmental impacts of the expansion, including destruction of wetlands and wildlife habitat. But federal law limits the ability of cities and states to impose local and state laws on certain railroad operations.

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Prof. Klass Quoted in Article on Expansion of Alberta Clipper Oil Pipeline

September 17, 2014

Professor Alexandra Klass was quoted in an InsideClimate News article regarding the proposed expansion of the Alberta Clipper oil pipeline to bring tar sands oil from Canada to Superior, Wisconsin, where the oil is transferred to other pipelines for transport to refineries in the Midwest and South. The pipeline begins in Alberta and travels through Saskatchewan, Manitoba, North Dakota, and Minnesota before ending in Superior. Environmental groups oppose the pipeline expansion because of the adverse environmental effects associated with developing tar sands oil, which is the same type of oil at issue in the more well-known Keystone XL pipeline controversy. Enbridge Energy, the owner of the Alberta Clipper pipeline, is awaiting approval from the U.S. State Department for the pipeline expansion, which is required because the pipeline crosses an international border. While it awaits State Department approval, Enbridge has proposed to transfer oil from the Alberta Clipper Pipeline to a nearby pipeline with available capacity prior to the border crossing and then switch the oil back to the Alberta Clipper pipeline after the border crossing. Enbridge argues it may do this without State Department approval and environmental groups are threatening to bring legal action.

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Prof. Carpenter Writes Article for Washington Post Entitled "Justice Ginsburg: 'No urgency' Yet on Same-sex Marriage"

September 16, 2014

Professor Dale Carpenter wrote an article for the Washington Post about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's appearance at the Law School for the Stein Lecture on Sept. 16. Justice Ginsburg, he noted, told the audience that since appeals courts so far have been unanimous in striking down laws limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples there is no immediate need for the Supreme Court to review the matter.

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Prof. Borgida Quoted in Pioneer Press on Implicit Racial Bias

September 3, 2014

Professor Eugene Borgida was quoted in the Pioneer Press on implicit racial bias in the treatment of a man accused of trespass in a public area of the St. Paul skyway system, subjected to Taser, and taken to jail—all while waiting to pick up his children. Borgida comments, "One of the issues here for me is what is driving these officers to...quickly escalate in their rhetoric and actions... This is not a guy...doing anything illegal... But people of color daily experience these kinds of aggression..."

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