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Sustainable Development Update - February 2017 #3

Sustainable Development Focus - Developers find benefits to building sustainable - Bisnow - Feb 15 - Boston Properties vice president of engineering Danny Murtagh said the biggest trends in sustainable...more

Managing Water Releases From Dams to Protect Fish: A Tale of Good Legislation and Bad Engineering

Earlier this week, the 9th Circuit found that the Bureau of Reclamation had authority under 1955 legislation to order additional releases of water to the Trinity River from the Lewiston Dam beyond the amount designated in an...more

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

February 17, 2017 marked the deadline by which legislators had to introduce bills for the first half of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. The Stoel Rives’ Oil & Gas Team has been and will continue to monitor bills...more

What Does Your Reservation Clause Mean?

Webb et al. v. Martinez (Tex. App. San Antonio) - On December 14, 2016, San Antonio’s Fourth Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s take-nothing summary judgment regarding a property dispute in favor of Martinez. Webb...more

Chinese Nuclear Reactor Set for UK Generic Design Assessment

In a statement made to Parliament on 10 January 2017, Minister for the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Jesse Norman, confirmed that he had requested the UK’s nuclear regulators, the Office for...more

Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Update – Mountain/West Coast Case Law Highlights

Ninth Circuit Finds “Threatened” Designation For Bearded Seals Proper Based On New Long-Term Projections - Alaska Oil and Gas Ass’n et al. v. Pritzker et al., 840 F.3d 671, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 19084 (9th Cir. 2016)....more

U.S. Senate Confirms Scott Pruitt as EPA Chief, Signaling Conservative Re-Imagining of EPA’s Role in Society and Government

On February 17, 2017, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Trump’s nominee Scott Pruitt as the new administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Senate confirmation followed weeks of partisan and public attacks...more

Mine Safety Agency Issues Alert after Mining Deaths

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a “fatal accidents alert” after two separate mining accidents claimed the lives of two miners within a 24-hour period. The alert lists best practices to avoid accidents...more

Overview of REMIT for LNG Sellers to EU

With a robust demand for gas and a desire to reduce its reliance on Russian gas supplies, Europe is a market hotly pursued by liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) sellers and export project developers alike. Those seeking to sell to...more

Executive Orders Expected this Week Regarding Clean Air and Water Act Rules

In addition to a January 20th Presidential Memorandum freezing all, not yet enacted, rules and sending them back to the agencies and Office of Management and Budget for reconsideration, and the utilization of the...more

Outer Continental Shelf Leasing: BOEM Withdraws Controversial Sole Liability Orders

On February 17, 2017, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (“BOEM”), which manages oil and gas leasing in the Outer Continental Shelf, announced that it is withdrawing previously-issued orders to sole liability property...more

The Texas Supreme Court Clarifies “Common Carrier” Status Criteria

Client Alert Takeaways Background This article is a supplement to our previous note discussing the regulatory regime for the transportation of CO2 across public and private land in the United States and the procurement of...more

Senegal's new Mining Code

In October 2016, the Senegalese Parliament passed a new Mining Code (the New Mining Code), which affects the way mining permits are processed, places additional social and environmental obligations on mine operators and...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

A review of the Fed minutes released yesterday shows the willingness of some Fed Governors to start rate raising again sooner rather than later....more

ITC Macomb-Orchard Trail Subject of Media Attention

ITC’s filing of numerous condemnation lawsuits was the subject of press coverage by the Macomb Daily and WXYZ Television. I have discussed my representation of a large ownership group being impacted by ITC’s takings that...more

Key Issues for Sellers to Consider When Selling Trade Receivables on Electronic Platforms

Online receivables auction platforms are growing in number and prevalence, spurred by commercial and regulatory developments in the commodities and banking industries. This briefing looks at some of the high-level issues that...more

Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference March 1-3, 2017, Washington D.C.

The Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference 2017 (ABLC 2017) will be held March 1 - 3, 2017, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. ABLC is the gathering point for top leaders in the Advanced Bioeconomy -- bringing...more

MSHA decides that the White House’s Regulatory Freeze Does Not Apply to its New Rule

MSHA decided to move forward with its controversial Examination of Workplaces in Metal and Nonmetal Mines Rule without regard to a White House Memorandum requesting federal agencies to delay rules for sixty days. (see our...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for January 2017. 1. Audovisual...more

Repeal of Resource Extraction Disclosure Rule

On February 14, 2017, President Trump approved Congress’ joint resolution to repeal the SEC’s resource extraction disclosure rule. That action effectively brings to a conclusion the SEC’s efforts to implement a resource...more

California Energy Related Bills Introduced in the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

February 17, 2017 marked the deadline by which legislators had to introduce bills for the first half of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. The Stoel Rives’ Energy Team has been and will continue to monitor bills throughout...more

Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 – Securing PPP Value for Money and the Criticality of Monitoring and Root Cause Analyses

Introduction - Much of the PPP debate in Saudi Arabia has focussed on the importance of shifting the public sector expenditure burden to the private sector. Wherever this has been the sole focus of a PPP programme, the...more

Blurry Boundaries of Oil & Gas Joint Ventures Under the Securities Act and the Exchange Act

In Sec. & Exch. Comm’n v. Sethi Petroleum, LLC, 4:15-CV-00338, 2017 WL 192666, at *1 (E.D. Tex. Jan. 17, 2017), the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division, issued an opinion that clarifies the often-blurry boundaries...more

FERC and CPUC Approve Utilities’ Innovative Request to Own a 50 MW Solar Project in Partnership with a Tax Equity Investor

For the first time, a regulated electric utility, Liberty Utilities (CalPeco Electric) LLC (“Liberty”), recently obtained all state and federal regulatory approvals to partner with a tax equity investor to acquire, own, and...more

Joint Letter To Trump On China’s Trade Barriers

On February 7, 2017, the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, and the U.S. Grains Council sent a joint letter to President Donald Trump to request the Administration’s assistance in addressing China’s recent...more

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