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Looks Like Frack is Back, Governor Abbott Signs House Bill 40

Yesterday, Governor Gregg Abbott signed into law House Bill 40, also known as the Denton Fracking Bill, which leaves municipalities with minimal power to regulate the oil and gas industry. The bill takes effect immediately...more

The NEPA Sky Is Not Falling: Why the Hand-Wringing Over CEQ’s GHG Guidance?

From the halls of Congress to the pages of mainstream environmental media, numerous warnings of increased regulatory burdens and litigation mischief stemming from the Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) Revised Draft...more

The U.S. Crude Oil Export Ban: An Outdated Relic Of The Past

The ban on the export of domestic crude oil dates back to a time when members of Congress did not have computers and Richard Nixon was president. Much has changed in the past 40 years. Today, that antiquated law is severely...more

New Executive Order on Federal Sustainability Promotes Responsible Government Procurement Policies

In March, President Obama issued Executive Order 13693, “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade.” It replaces and updates a number of Executive Orders and Memorandums, most notably replacing Executive Order...more

Womble Carlyle Legislative Update - May 18th

House Budget - It was a week of herding cats for the House Leadership as they worked their budget through caucus, subcommittees, caucus, committee, caucus, then caucus again, caucus again, and caucus yet again, then an...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

The state House passed their two-year, $22.1 billion spending proposal early this morning on a vote of 93-23 after a long week of debate that saw delays because of the sheer number of amendments to the bill. House Bill 97,...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Texas Enacts House Bill 40 To Regulate Oil And Gas At State Level

The Texas Legislature recently passed House Bill 40, which is intended to keep the bulk of oil and gas regulation at the state level—as opposed to myriad standards set by cities, counties, or other political subdivisions. ...more

Senator Angus King Introduces the Free Market Energy Act of 2015 to Promote the Integration of Distributed Energy Resources

On May 6, 2015, Sen. Angus King (I-ME) released a discussion draft of the Free Market Energy Act of 2015 (the “Act”), a bill that would radically change the landscape for distributed energy resources (DERs) – small-scale...more

New Law in Texas Prohibits Local Municipalities from Banning Hydraulic Fracturing

On Monday, May 18, 2015, Texas Governor Gregg Abbott signed House Bill 40 into law, prohibiting cities, towns, and local municipalities in Texas from enacting bans on fracing. The new law provides that “oil and gas operations...more

Sprint to the Finish! Fast Work at the Conclusion of the 2015 Minnesota Legislative Session Results in Few but Significant Energy...

In a literal sprint to the finish, the Minnesota legislature passed a bill, which included energy policy provisions as part of a Senate Floor Amendment, just seconds before the State constitutional deadline. Pertinent energy...more

House subcommittee considers reliability draft

A congressional committee is considering legislation to assure reliability and security of the U.S. electricity grid. The House Subcommittee on Energy and Power's discussion draft includes a series of provisions designed to...more

TSCA Reform: House Subcommittee Holds Markup of Revised Draft TSCA Bill and Passes Amended Draft

On May 14, 2015, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a markup of a revised discussion draft of the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015, prepared by Subcommittee Chair John Shimkus (R-IL)...more

Energy & Environment Update - May 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate - Congress - Administration - Department of Commerce - Department of Education - Department of State - Department of Treasury -...more

It's Time to End the Crude Oil Export Ban

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AL), the chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has announced that she will introduce a bill to end the 40-year-old ban on exporting crude oil. The legislation will attract broad...more

Salazar Says Draft NEPA GHG Guide Leaves Host Of Unresolved Issues

Former Obama administration Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is warning that the White House’s proposed guide for assessing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) leaves open a host of...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Budget Work Continues, Gains Momentum in Appropriations - As the clock ticks towards the...more

North Carolina General Assembly Active on Renewable Energy Issues in 2015 Long Session

Two bills with significant renewable energy provisions were among those that survived the North Carolina General Assembly’s self-imposed “crossover” deadline of April 30, 2015. Most substantive bills must pass at least one...more

Senate adopts Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act

On May 7, 2015, the US Senate voted 98-1 to adopt the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (the "Act"). The Act is the culmination of months of legislative maneuvering and a debate over foreign policy and separation of...more

Five Georgia Environmental Bills to Watch in 2015

Georgia legislature warms up to solar panels, gets protective of coastal marshes, withdraws support for electric cars, and sacrifices LEED certifications in favor of jobs. April 2, 2015 marked final adjournment of the 2015...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

This week, in a press conference at the state capitol building with House and Senate leaders, Gov. Pat McCrory (R-NC) announced that North Carolina had paid off the $2.8 billion debt it owed to the federal government for...more

Federal Funding for Water Projects and Indian Water Settlements

In recent years, the parties proposing Indian water settlements have struggled to find federal funding, and budget offsets, to pay for settlement projects. But a concurrent by the House and Senate Budget Committee may pave a...more

Louisiana Severance Tax Exemptions in Jeopardy

The 2015 Louisiana legislative session is in full swing and the lawmakers are dealing with a projected $1.6 billion budget shortfall. Of the many tax credits, exemptions and deductions that are in the legislature’s...more

News from Second & State

It was all hands on deck this week, with two bills to amend the Tax Reform Code on the House voting schedule. These bills, if called up, would have been perfect vehicles for Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed changes to the...more

State Officials Welcome Clean Energy Advocates to State House for NECEC Clean Energy Day, Weigh in on Hot-Topics Facing the State

On Tuesday May 5th, members of state government, clean energy advocates, and business representatives assembled at the Massachusetts State House for the New England Clean Energy Council’s (NECEC’s) fourth annual Clean Energy...more

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