I thought I would kick off this blog (or “blawg,” as they are dubbed in legal circles) by explaining the title I have selected: “Fire on the River.” For the last few years I have been writing for the Minnesota State Bar Association’s monthly magazine, Bench & Bar, contributing brief updates on legal issues related to the environment, energy, and natural resources. This has been a useful pursuit—it is good to stay abreast of significant developments in environmental law when you are an environmental attorney! But it has also been fascinating. Consider that every change to environmental laws, however small, represents the formalization of some public policy regarding the environment, arrived at after much debate and input from citizens, politicians, regulators and others. Tracking…