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BLM Publishes Final Public Lands Fracking Rule, Industry Responds with Lawsuit

The federal Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”), within the Department of the Interior (“DOI”), published their final rule on hydraulic fracturing last Thursday, March 26.  (Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands, 80...more

Department of Interior Releases Revised Rules on Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands

A final rule that seeks to address perceived risks associated with hydraulic fracturing was published by the Department of Interior (DOI) in the Federal Register on March 26, 2015. The rule revises existing Bureau of Land...more

BLM Issues Final Rule Governing Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands

On March 20, Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the release of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) final rule, titled, “Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands,” which BLM announced will...more

Procedures Introduced to Administer and Coordinate First Nation Consultation

On February 4, 2015, the Aboriginal Consultation Office (ACO) and the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) released the Joint Operating Procedures for First Nations Consultation on Energy Resource Activities (Procedures). ...more

Tribe’s Gamble That Casino Land Transfer Approval Not Subject to CEQA Pays Off

Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians v. Brown, C074506 (9/24/2014) - In a recent Third District Court of Appeal published opinion, the court in Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians v. Edmund G. Brown, Jr. (3rd....more

Renewable Energy Update -- December 10, 2012

In This Issue: Renewable Energy Focus - California lawmakers make plans to spend $2.5 billion in new energy funds; DOE unveils new procurement policy for renewable energy development on tribal lands; California's sprint...more

Focus on Mining: The New Fisheries Act: What Miners Need To Know

The repeal and enactment of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (“CEAA”) and amendments to other federal legislation is the most significant change in federal environmental assessment (EA) since the legislation was...more

Judge Gold Issues Another Historic Everglades Order This Week: EPA Proposal Moves Forward

United States District Judge Alan Gold makes news this month (again) with another Everglades Order: you'll recall that he issued a pretty big ruling last fall with his decision to put the federal government and not the State...more

A New Paradigm for Aboriginal Consultation in Ontario: What Miners Need to Know

The repeal and re-enactment of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (“CEAA”) and amendments to other federal environmental legislation amounts to the most significant change in federal environmental assessment (“EA”)...more

McAfee & Taft RegLINC - July 2012: Two federal agencies issue draft rules on fracking By Jared Burden.

After several years of anticipation, the federal government has finally entered into one of the most contentious debates in recent environmental history – hydraulic fracturing. In this process, sometimes called “fracking,”...more

Canada’s New Environmental Assessment and Aboriginal Consultation Regime: What Miners Need to Know

The federal government has proposed a complete overhaul of federal environmental assessment in Canada as part of the federal budget. The repeal and re-enactment of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (“CEAA”) and...more

Federal Agencies Move to Regulate Aspects of Hydraulic Fracturing

The U.S. Department of the Interior issues proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issues draft Underground Injection Control program permitting guidance...more

Renewable Energy Update -- May 1, 2012

In This Issue: Discovery of Indian artifacts complicates massive desert solar project; Largest Solar PV Plant in North America Comes On-Line; Navajo community banking on proposed solar array; NV Energy pulls wind...more

Renewable Energy Update -- March 21, 2012

In This Issue: Solar power firms in Mojave Desert feel glare of tribes, environmentalists; Wind energy set to grow six-fold in California, but not without concerns; Mitsubishi Heavy: No PTC, no U.S. wind turbine plant;...more

The 2012 IFC Performance Standard on Indigenous Peoples: What's the Fuss?

The new IFC Environmental and Social Performance Standards -- in particular, Performance Standard 7 on indigenous peoples -- present a range of management and operational challenges for certain companies. For the first...more

Cabazon Band of Mission Indians Agrees to Air Quality Rules

In a landmark agreement, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) reached a “government-to-government” agreement with the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians to enforce some of the SCAQMD’s air quality regulations...more

Renewable News - November 29, 2011

Inside This Issue: - 1 SunCarrier LL C Completes Development of Solar Project at the Navajo Tribal Authority District Headquarters - 2 Polsinelli Shughart to Sponsor Solarpraxis Conference in Phoenix - 2...more

Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies (some of) the Limits of the Duty to Consult

On October 28, 2010, the nine justices of Supreme Court of Canada issued a unanimous judgment in the Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. and British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority v. Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, 2010 SCC 43 appeal...more

Richmond Casino Case: How Early Is Too Early for CEQA?

In Parchester Village Neighborhood Council v. City of Richmond, the California Court of Appeal recently held that the City of Richmond’s decision to enter into a Municipal Services Agreement (MSA) with a Native American tribe...more

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