[Film Screening & Discussion] Sackett v. EPA: A Tale of Wetland Regulations

October 25, 2023 at 6:00 PM ET

Washington, DC.
Attendees will receive the exact location upon registration.

Join the Federalist Society and the American Conservation Coalition for a film screening and discussion of Sackett v. EPA: A Tale of Wetland Regulations in Washington, DC. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided.

Following the film screening, a panel of leading environmental experts will discuss the property rights and environmental issues raised by Sackett v. EPA, the implications for agency implementation and enforcement of regulated waters under the Clean Water Act, and more.


  • Daren Bakst, Director of the Center for Energy and Environment and Senior Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute
  • William Buzbee, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law
  • Moderator: Morgan Brummund, Government Affairs Director, American Conservation Coalition

Film Description:

At what point can Americans go to court to defend themselves against agency enforcement action?

This crucial question arose for the Sackett family when they embarked on the initial stages of constructing their home near Priest Lake, Idaho. EPA agents arrived on their property and asserted that it was a federally protected wetland. The EPA subsequently issued a compliance order that would subject the Sacketts to a fine of $37,500 a day. What followed was years of legal battles between the Sackett family and the EPA, culminating in two pivotal Supreme Court decisions.

In the second episode of the Regulatory Transparency Project’s “Regulation and Red Tape” series, experts delve into the story of the Sackett family, their experience with the EPA, and the due process questions raised by the story.

Daren Bakst

Director of the Center for Energy and Environment and Senior Fellow

Competitive Enterprise Institute

William W. Buzbee

Professor of Law

Georgetown Law

Morgan Brummund

Government Affairs Director

American Conservation Coalition

Energy & Environment
Enforcement & Agency Coercion

American Conservation Coalition

The Federalist Society and Regulatory Transparency Project take no position on particular legal or public policy matters. All expressions of opinion are those of the speaker(s). To join the debate, please email us at [email protected].

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