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Infrastructure Acceleration Effort Takes First Step in Right Direction – President Signs Executive Order to Streamline...

As has been widely discussed over the past decade, the U.S. transportation and energy infrastructures—from highways and bridges to airports, rail and ports to power generation and distribution—have seen a significant...more

Blockchain Technology Could Extend To Oil and Gas Transportation

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

The oil and gas industry has seen huge advances in the extraction of resources, thanks to cutting edge technologies like fracking. But it hasn’t exactly been a leader when it comes to digital adoption....more

Regulation of Natural Gas Gathering Lines In the Face of Unprecedented Demands on US Pipeline Infrastructure

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Existing gathering line regulation reflects collaboration between pipeline operators and regulators, a model useful for new regulatory efforts as well. Background - America’s natural gas pipeline network transports...more

Pipeline Safety Updates: Drue Pearce Tapped for PHMSA; PHMSA and DOT Accept Comments on Pipeline Regulations

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

This Client Alert notes updates in PHMSA’s leadership and recent engagement of stakeholders in the regulation of natural gas pipelines. Trump Administration Appoints New PHMSA Deputy Administrator - Drue Pearce has...more

Sustainable Development Update - August 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Salesforce taps SF’s clean energy program to power its offices - San Francisco Chronicle - Aug 7 - CleanPowerSF, the green energy program run by San Francisco’s Public Utilities...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - CAISO approves changes to enhance demand response in wholesale markets - Utility Dive - Jul 28 - The California ISO (CAISO) has approved a measure aiming to enhance the ability of demand...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Reversing course, EPA will not delay an Obama ozone rule - Washington Post - Aug 3 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reversed its effort to delay Obama...more

California Supreme Court Rejects Attorney General's Challenge to SANDAG's Transportation Plan

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The California Supreme Court, in a 6-1 ruling, in Cleveland National Forest Foundation, et al v. San Diego Association of Governments (2017) ___ Cal. 5th __, Supreme Court Case No. 5223603 held that San Diego Association of...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Legislature Met on July 20 to Consider Bond Bills, Items from Special Appropriations Table - After...more

Electrification of the Auto Industry Steps on the Gas

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On the heels of Volkswagen announcing moves toward electrifying its vehicle fleet, and Tesla beginning its production run of its highly anticipated Model 3, several other recent developments show momentum continuing to build...more

An In-Depth Examination of China’s New Cybersecurity Law

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On June 1, 2017, China’s new cybersecurity law, the Network Security Law of the Peoples Republic China (“Cybersecurity Law”) went into effect. The Cybersecurity Law contains an overarching framework regulating network...more

Canada Proposes New Regulations to Strengthen Rail Security for the Transportation of Dangerous Goods

On June 24, 2017, the federal government proposed new regulations under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, entitled the Transportation of Dangerous Goods by Rail Security Regulations (Rail Security Regulations). The...more

NTSB Publishes Two Rules Governing Agency Investigative Regulations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on June 29, 2017, published a final rule covering 49 C.F.R. 831 subparts A-D and an interim final rule for 49 C.F.R. 831 subpart E, both of which are effective July 31, 2017...more

Natural Gas Pipeline and Underground Storage: Recent Developments in Pipeline Safety

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

This Client Alert notes two recent updates in the area of natural gas pipeline and underground natural gas storage safety. Latham & Watkins will continue to provide updates as additional events unfold in this area of rapid...more

Federal and State Regulation of the Safety of Pipelines and Underground Natural Gas Storage Facilities

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

This White Paper provides general background on the regulation of natural gas pipelines with special emphasis on underground storage, as context for recent and ongoing developments in this area by the Pipeline and Hazardous...more

Little Action During Presidential "Infrastructure Week"

by Clark Hill PLC on

President Trump declared an “Infrastructure Week” but did not accompany it with specific actions to increase infrastructure expenditures. President Trump campaigned on promises to increase infrastructure spending. If this...more

Environmental Case Law Update – 1st Six Months of 2017

On March 21, 2017, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of National Labor Relations Board v. SW General, Inc. This case concerns the operation and application of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 (FVRA). ...more

Car Sharing Act - New Benefits for Car Sharing Offerings in Germany

by White & Case LLP on

Over the last several years, car sharing has become a frequently used supplement to public transportation and an alternative to purchasing a personal vehicle. Car sharing not only provides expanded mobility and flexibility...more

Green Cars: Reducing Range Anxiety and Increasing Incentives

by Snell & Wilmer on

The “green car” market is growing. Tesla may lead the way in luxury, but almost all auto manufacturers are investing significantly in plug-in electric vehicles (EV(s)). Policy, law, and regulation must change as the EV market...more

The Paris Agreement and the Auto Industry

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

With President Trump announcing that he will withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, the Auto Industry is sure to be impacted. But, how is definitely not known. One impact may be the development of “green car”...more

2017 Minnesota Legislature Adjourns But After Special Session

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Minnesota lawmakers used every last minute available to them to try and complete their work prior to the deadline for the 2017 legislative session, but it was not enough time. At 12:01 a.m. early last Tuesday morning,...more

Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Investment Watch: “Parameters,” But Not Full Plan to be Released this Month

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Despite bi-partisan agreement on the urgency to invest in the nation’s infrastructure to meet fast growing demands on our roads, railroads and waterways, there has yet to materialize a bi-partisan framework for funding and...more

Sustainable Development Update - May 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Evidence of a decline in electricity use by U.S. households - Haas Energy Institute - May 8 - Between 1950 and 2010, U.S. residential electricity consumption per capita increased...more

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Withdraws Proposed Changes to Jones Act Rulings

In a move hailed as a win for international offshore marine contractors and oil companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico and decried as a setback for domestic shipping interests, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - EIA charts utility-scale solar’s ‘rapid’ five-year growth - Solar Industry Magazine - May 4 - U.S. utility-scale solar installations, including both photovoltaic (PV) and thermal...more

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