Peter Shelley

Senior Counsel CLF Massachusetts @peashell47

Peter Shelley is Senior Counsel at CLF Massachusetts. Until 2010, Peter served as Vice President and Director of CLF Massachusetts. He was awarded a Pew Fellowship in Conservation and the Environment in 1996 and the David B Stone Medal by the New England Aquarium in 2003. Before CLF, Peter served for five years as an Assistant Attorney General for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources. Peter has a BA from Hobart College and received his JD with honors from Suffolk University Law School. He is admitted to the bar in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, State of Maine, State of Pennsylvania and U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.


Recent Posts

Take Action: Support Legislation to Better Protect Environmental Resources from Development
Natural resources here in the Commonwealth face increasing development pressure, particularly in our coastal areas. While numerous state and local regulations are designed to protect our natural resources, one state law – known as the Dover Amendment – currently creates a potential loophole from local environmental protections when projects are proposed by nonprofit educational and…
Give Atlantic Cod a Break: Decades of Bad Management
This is part two of a three-part series on the current state of Atlantic cod in New England. Part two explores how poor decisions by New England’s fishery managers have led to cod’s demise. Read part one about the problem of inaccurate data here. New England’s storied cod population is on brink of collapse. The…
Court Upholds Only Ocean Monument in the U.S. Atlantic
President Teddy Roosevelt memorably observed that “there can be nothing in the world more beautiful” than the natural wonders of the United States. Roosevelt may have been talking about what would become iconic national parks like Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, but a recent federal court ruling recognized that New England’s underwater monument is fully on par with these other…
Update: CLF Stands Up for the Public Trust
Updated July 17: Last week, we filed a lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for diminishing the public’s right to the use of Boston’s waterfront. The suit challenges the approval by Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton of the city’s Downtown Waterfront Municipal Harbor Plan (MHP) and the municipal harbor planning process. Approval…
Federal Fisheries Bill Undermines the Health of Our Oceans
Right now, the United States has some of the best-managed fisheries in the world. But a bill that just passed the House of Representatives is putting that at risk. Many fishing communities in New England and across the country currently have the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) to thank for their economic health.…

 

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