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News from the Vermont State House - Legislative Updates for the 2017 Session

Newly-elected lawmakers in both houses got the news about where they will spend most of their days this session when committee assignments were handed out. Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson, D-South Hero, gave House members...more

ManattJones Global Strategies - January 2017

CEO’s Executive Summary: This longer-than-normal update covers an eventful few weeks in the Trump transition and in Mexico. The President-elect has nominated or appointed a team responsible for key aspects of U.S.-Mexico...more

'Twas the Night Before Christmas - Not a Creature Was Stirring, Except EPA - EPA Releases Final Fracking Report and General...

As the Obama era comes to a close, on Christmas eve the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued its final report on "Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: Impacts from the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle on...more

Water Act a “WIIN” for Infrastructure

Last month, in a strong display of bipartisanship in an otherwise tense post-election political climate, Congress passed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (“WIIN” or the “Act”). President Obama signed...more

A New Year Brings New Leadership at CPUC

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced on December 28, 2016, the appointment of Martha Guzman Aceves and Clifford Rechtschaffen to the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”), replacing Michael Florio and Catherine...more

2017 Regulatory Policy Forecast: Environmental & Energy Policy

Pulling from deep experience serving as counsel in highly-regulated industries and careers on Capitol Hill, Balch & Bingham’s team of energy and environmental attorneys forecast what to expect in 2017 in Balch’s 2017...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - December 2016

A Note from the Editors - Our December edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and features a list of upcoming energy industry events throughout the nation. In Leaders in the News,...more

A Rise in the Tides for Water Infrastructure

It’s been a productive time for advocates of water in the U.S. with President Obama signing into law the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN). WIIN includes the Water Resources Development Act of 2016...more

German Nuclear Phase-Out Legislation is Partly Unconstitutional

The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany (FCC) on December 6 ruled that while the phase-out of nuclear energy (enacted in 2011) is in compliance with the constitution, Germany’s energy suppliers which operate nuclear power...more

ICYMI: Energy & Environmental News Roundup

Oil & Gas - Bureau of Land Management Accepts Bids for Oil & Gas Leases in Wayne National Park - On Tuesday, December 13, 2016, the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) began accepting bids for oil and gas leases...more

Trump Cabinet Selections Signal Potential Changes to Environmental Regulations

As previously reported, President-elect Donald Trump’s victory could have profound implications for federal environmental regulation. Although the scope of the intended regulatory changes remains uncertain, President-elect...more

Times Definitely Are a-Changin’

On Dec. 10, Bob Dylan, in absentia, received the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature. The title track of Dylan’s 1964 album The Times They Are a-Changin’ is one of the most celebrated protest songs. Undoubtedly, times are...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2016 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump picks Perry for top U.S. energy job - Reuters - Dec 15 - President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday named former Texas Governor Rick Perry to head the U.S. Department...more

Pan-Canadian framework on climate change announced

At the conclusion of the December 9, 2016 meeting of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the leaders of Canada’s provinces and territories, the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change (PCF) was formally...more

WilmerHale ENsights - December, 2016 #2

WilmerHale ENsights is a weekly energy policy analysis on President-elect Donald Trump’s transition and the priorities of the new Congress. Our experienced lawyers from our Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Practice...more

Secretary of Interior Nominee Willing to Work for Tribes

President-Elect Donald Trump has officially announced Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) as his nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI). During his time in Congress, Zinke has addressed various DOI issues...more

Forecast for the Department of Energy Finance Programs

President-Elect Donald Trump announced former Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Dec. 13, 2016, as his selection for Secretary of Energy. To many champions of renewable energy, Perry is considered an adversary for his hardline denial...more

Energy in Transition: Trump Announces Additional Cabinet Nominees

President-Elect Donald Trump announced this week three new cabinet nominees who will certainly influence U.S. energy policy at home and abroad. This alert is intended to update clients on the President-Elect's nominees and...more

Solar Energy Continues to Shine in South Carolina

Donald Trump’s election as our next President throws the long-term outlook for President Obama’s Clean Power Plan into disarray. Nevertheless, South Carolina, a state historically reliant upon coal-fired power plants,...more

Renewable Energy Update - December 2016 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Trump names climate change skeptic and oil industry ally to lead the EPA - Los Angeles Times - Dec 7 - Donald Trump picked Oklahoma Atty. Gen. Scott Pruitt to run the...more

There’s Still Time For Congress To Void The SEC’s Resource Extraction Rule

Last June, the Securities and Exchange Commission belatedly adopted a rule requiring disclosure of resource extraction payments by issuers. As I wrote at the time...more

Federal Government Announces Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change

The federal government, along with most of the premiers, signed a new pan-Canadian framework (the "Federal GHG Framework") on Friday, December 9, 2016. The Federal GHG Framework is intended to address climate change on a...more

US, Canada grid security and resilience strategy

The governments of the United States and Canada have released a joint strategy for ensuring the security and resilience of their electric grid. In recognition of the interconnected nature of the North American electric grid,...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2016 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump picks Scott Pruitt to lead EPA - New York Times - Dec 7 - President-elect Donald J. Trump has selected Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general and a close ally...more

Trump Wins; Pruitt Nominated for EPA Administrator – What’s Next for Environmental Regulation?

There’s a new sheriff in town. Donald Trump’s election as President is likely to lead to significant changes in environmental regulation for American businesses. Some changes can (and will) take place very quickly, with the...more

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