Cuty of Oakland v. BP Amicus Brief

Daniel Sherwood filed this request with the Department of Justice, Evironment and Natural Resources Division of the United States of America.
Tracking #

2018-04806

Due July 18, 2018
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Daniel Sherwood


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All correspondences, meeting records, briefing documents, and notes sent, received, or maintained by the U.S. Department of Justice's Jeffrey H. Wood, Christine W. Ennis, Justin D. Heminger, and R. Justin Smith as they relate to the creation of the May 10, 2018 Amicus Brief filed in the City of Oakland v. BP, et. al (attached).

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Daniel Sherwood

From: Department of Justice, Evironment and Natural Resources Division

Received, Mr. Sherwood.

We will begin processing your request.

Charles Smiroldo
Department of Justice, ENRD
Law and Policy Section
P.O. Box 7415
Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044-7415
T (202) 514-0424
F (202) 514-4231
charles.smiroldo@usdoj.gov<mailto:charles.smiroldo@usdoj.gov>

From: Daniel Sherwood

Mr. Smiroldo,

Thank you for the acknowledgement. In the event that any further clarification or refinement is needed, I would be happy to discuss further. Also, my apologies for the typo in the subject line, it should read 'City of Oakland'.

Thank you again for your help.

Best,

Daniel Sherwood

From: Department of Justice, Evironment and Natural Resources Division

Dear Mr. Sherwood,

May I call you to briefly discuss your FOIA request? I could not find a phone number in the request.

Thank you,

Peter McVeigh
Attorney
U.S. Department of Justice
Environment and Natural Resources Division
Law & Policy Section
(202) 514-4642

From: Daniel Sherwood

Mr. McVeigh,

Thank you for your correspondence. I am happy to talk; my phone number is (248) 953-5327. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best,

Daniel Sherwood

From: Daniel Sherwood

Mr. McVeigh,

Thank you for your time yesterday evening. Following up from that conversation, I will refine the request to ask for records, as they relate to the attached amicus brief, between the named U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") attorneys and (1) third parties outside of the government and (2) other federal agency communications. For clarity's sake, I am requesting the following:

Correspondences, meeting records, briefing documents, and notes, as they relate to the creation of the May 10, 2018 Amicus Brief filed in the City of Oakland v. BP, et. al, transferred between the DOJ's Jeffrey H. Wood, Christine W. Ennis, Justin D. Heminger, and R. Justin Smith and the following:
(1) Third parties outside the government (i.e. NGOs, Corporations, Lobbyists, Trade Groups, etc.);
(2) Federal employees within the Executive Branch (i.e. agencies (EPA, DOE, FERC etc.) and divisions (CEQ)).

Please let me know if this successfully narrowed the scope of the request. I appreciate the engagement and thank you again.

Very Best,

Daniel A. Sherwood, J.D.
(248) 953-5327

From: Department of Justice, Evironment and Natural Resources Division

Good Morning Mr. Sherwood:

Please see the attached.

Thank you.

Charles Smiroldo
Department of Justice, ENRD
Law and Policy Section
P.O. Box 7415
Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044-7415
T (202) 514-0424
F (202) 514-4231
charles.smiroldo@usdoj.gov<mailto:charles.smiroldo@usdoj.gov>

From: Daniel Sherwood

Mr. Smiroldo:

Thank you for your correspondence. I would be happy to discuss further refining the request if the volume of responsive documents is too burdensome. Also, I would be happy to accept the documents on a rolling basis as you review and approve them.

Thank you again for your communication and I look forward to seeing the request move forward.

Best,

Daniel Sherwood

From: Department of Justice, Evironment and Natural Resources Division

Dear Mr. Sherwood,

We have completed our collection of documents from Ms. Ennis, Mr. Smith, and Mr. Heminger.

If you agree that we may stop our search there, that would save time. We could deem responsive any communications from or to Acting Assistant Attorney General Wood that we have already collected and that meet your criteria, but would not additionally collect documents directly from Mr. Wood.
Regards,

Peter McVeigh
U.S. Department of Justice
(202) 514-4642

From: Daniel Sherwood

Mr. McVeigh,

That would be sufficient, thank you. The request can be closed based on the documents you have already collected from Ms. Ennis, Mr. Smith, Mr. Heminger, and the communications from and to Mr. Wood.

I appreciate your communicativeness and look forward to reviewing the documents you've collected.

Truly,

Daniel

From: Department of Justice, Evironment and Natural Resources Division

Good Afternoon Mr. Sherwood,

Thank you for your patience. We continue to review the documents that we collected. After doing so, our proposed response will cycle through our management chain. We are hoping to have a response to you sometime in August. We are working diligently to complete your request.

Respectfully,

Charles Smiroldo
Department of Justice, ENRD
Law and Policy Section
P.O. Box 7415
Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044-7415
T (202) 514-0424
F (202) 514-4231
charles.smiroldo@usdoj.gov<mailto:charles.smiroldo@usdoj.gov>

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