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The Office of Natural Resources Revenue of the Department of the Interior recently issued a proposed rule to change the valuation process for the payment of royalties for oil and gas produced from Federal onshore and offshore...more
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
When a Native American tribe acquires a hydroelectric power plant licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, does the project become exempt from some federal regulations?
Yes, according to a FERC order...more
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
New regulations enacted by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) applicable to tribal leases will have far reaching impacts on businesses, particularly renewable energy projects, utilizing tribal lands....more
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
The Bureau of Land Management has proposed a rule intended to regulate the use of hydraulic fracturing on the 756 million subsurface acres of federal and Indian mineral estate overseen by the BLM. The proposed rule, which...more
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
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
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
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
In This Issue:
- 2 GAO issues report on safety of federally unregulated gathering pipelines
- 3 Advisory bulletin issued to natural gas cast iron distribution pipelines
- 3 PHMSA’S FY 2013 budget focuses on hiring...more
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
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
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
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
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