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G20 Advances Climate and Energy Action Plan for Growth

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 8 July 2017, the G20 summit in Hamburg issued a Climate and Energy Action Plan for Growth (the Plan). The Plan reaffirms the commitment of the countries (excluding the United States (US) — which announced its intended...more

Apocalypse Now? Not Much Has Changed in the Last Six Months

by Snell & Wilmer on

It has almost been six months since the Trump administration came into power. At that time, energy and environmental stakeholders were either celebrating the advent of a period of progressive reform or lamenting the end of...more

Reconsidering Helium Production on Federal Lands Amid Privatization of Federal Helium Reserve

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On Wednesday the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will auction helium stored in its Cliffside Field underground storage facility in west Texas (aka the Federal Helium Reserve). This annual auction under the Helium Stewardship...more

Indian Country Should Defend Environmental Protections

Doing exactly what he promised to do throughout his campaign, Donald Trump has been rolling back Obama-era environmental regulations since his first full day in office when he issued an executive order to expedite approval of...more

PA Supreme Court Restricts General Assembly’s Right to Spend Oil & Gas Royalty Money

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court continues to expand the reach of the Environmental Rights Amendment to the state Constitution. Adopted in 1971, the Environmental Rights Amendment recognizes that the people have a right to...more

Environmental Notes - July 2017

by Williams Mullen on

On June 1, 2017, President Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement (“Paris Agreement”). The Paris Agreement was signed by 195 countries in December of 2015. The goal of the...more

United States Withdraws From Paris Climate Agreement

by Williams Mullen on

On June 1, 2017, President Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement (“Paris Agreement”). The Paris Agreement was signed by 195 countries in December of 2015. ...more

Canadian Government's Proposal to Reform Canada's Environmental Assessment and Regulatory Regime

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On June 29, 2017, the federal government released a discussion paper entitled "Environmental and Regulatory Reviews" ("Discussion Paper"), which proposes broad changes to the federal environmental assessment and regulatory...more

Department of Defense and Federal Energy Procurement Programs Remain Attractive

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Trump Administration promotes an "all of the above" energy strategy, but many of the Administration's actions to date seem to favor coal and fossil fuels at the expense of clean and innovative energy solutions. Although...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - June 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - EPA moves to repeal its own Obama-era “Waters of the United States” rule - The Hill - Jun 27 - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formally proposed Tuesday to repeal the...more

Senate Proposes Legislation to Modernize Federal Energy Policies

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On June 28, 2017, the Senate introduced a bill that aims to revitalize and overhaul various federal energy and natural resources policies. Senate Bill 1460 (S.1460), sponsored by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Arkansas) and...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - June 2017

by Mintz Levin on

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

Article: June 2017: Energy Litigation Update

New Administration Leads to Pause of Major Energy-Related Litigation. In March, President Trump signed an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to “suspend, rescind, or revise” several...more

California Supreme Court Denies Request to Review Cap-and-Trade Case

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Yesterday the California Supreme Court denied a petition for review of the cap-and-trade lawsuits brought by a coalition of business interests, headed by the California Chamber of Commerce and Morning Star Packing Company....more

U.S. House Takes First Step in Moving Energy Spending Bill

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The House Appropriations Committee marked up the FY18 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill this week, which provides annual funding for various programs under the Department of Energy (DOE), the Army Corps of Engineers,...more

Meet the New WOTUS. Same as the Old WOTUS.

Earlier this week, EPA and the ACOE began implementing the Trump administration’s efforts to deconstruct the Obama rule defining “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. EPA and the ACOE submitted for Federal...more

June Washington Update

This month’s Washington Update offers an extensive overview of the major legislation that has recently been introduced on Capitol Hill, as well as the big takeaways from this month’s congressional hearings related to energy...more

Energy Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies hearing on the proposed budget estimates and justification for FY2018 for the Environmental Protection Agency. Date: Tuesday, June 27, 9:30...more

NY energy storage bill would launch program

by PretiFlaherty on

The New York legislature has unanimously passed a bill establishing an energy storage deployment program. The bill, S. 5190, aims to promote the installation of energy storage systems. ...more

Biofuel Mandates Escape Current EPA Scrutiny

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a regulatory program administered by EPA that requires petroleum-based transportation fuel sold in the U.S. to contain a minimum volume of various categories of biofuels. The program’s...more

Update: Oil & Gas Related Bills Introduced in the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Stoel Rives’ Oil & Gas Team has been monitoring bills introduced by California legislators since the beginning of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. June 2, 2017 was the deadline by which the Legislature was required to pass...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - June 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump administration backs away from fight over California's power to set automobile emission standards - Los Angeles Times - Jun 15 - The Trump administration is backing off its...more

Why Leaving the Paris Climate Accord Could Be a Good Thing

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

The climate change debate is too complex, agenda-driven, and politicized to be addressed adequately in these pages. But the hysteria and faux outrage over President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord...more

Attorneys General Continue to Battle the Trump Administration Over Environmental Regulations

Democratic Attorneys General have continued their efforts to combat the Trump administration’s attempts to roll back environmental regulations developed under the Obama administration in two recent actions. Thirteen AGs,...more

Sustainable Development Update - June 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - California and New York just sued to protect Obama’s final energy rules - Washington Post - Jun 14 - Eleven states, led by California and New York, have sued the Trump...more

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