This episode features and interview with Jesse Richardson, legal advisor to the Water Systems Council. Richardson gives anchor and drilling expert Brock Yordy an update on the Sackett vs. EPA case before the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as other water and groundwater issues important to the industrial drilling and water supply industries. It’s episode 31.

“This is an opportunity for the court to come in and say here’s what you lower courts should do from here on in,” Richardson says. “Here’s how you should deal with these cases.”

The court is scheduled to start hearing arguments in Sackett vs. EPA on Oct. 3, 2022.

This episode covers:

  • Hearing safety and conservation for drilling, construction work
  • Projects to enhance drinking water access for the Navajo Nation in New Mexico
  • Waters of the United States (WOTUS)
  • The upcoming Sackett vs. EPA case before the Supreme Court
  • Legal and policy issues in groundwater in 2022

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