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Examination of Vegetation Management Requirements for Electricity Assets Located on Federal Lands: September 19th U.S. Senate...

The United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing titled - To Examine Vegetation Management Requirements for Electricity Assets Located on Federal Lands - The hearing was also scheduled...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - September 2017#3

Trump is Still Pulling Out of Paris Agreement, Despite Chatter of a Reversal, Experts Say - "President Donald Trump is unlikely to reverse his position to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, despite the White House...more

Shaking Things Up – The Trump Administration, Regulatory Change, and Administrative Law: Allan Gates (Mitchell Williams) National...

My law firm colleague Allan Gates undertook a webinar presentation for the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (“NACWA”) titled: - Shaking Things Up – The Trump Administration, Regulatory Change, and...more

Greenhouse gas emissions trading schemes: A global perspective - United States

by White & Case LLP on

Individual states are expected to take the lead in regulating greenhouse gas emissions - In the US, the trading of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission-reduction credits is underway in a large group of states on the East Coast...more

Updates to Energy Related Bills in the 2017-2018

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Stoel Rives’ Energy Team has been monitoring and providing summaries of key energy-related bills introduced by California legislators since the beginning of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. Legislators have been busy moving...more

Trump Administration Rulemaking Process to Redefine Scope of Clean Water Act – How Your Company Can Participate

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

One of the most difficult and costly aspects of developing mining projects in the United States is the permitting requirements under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The Trump administration is currently undertaking a rulemaking...more

Recent Federal Actions to Streamline the NEPA Process

by Stoel Rives LLP on

There has been a string of actions in the past few weeks addressing the federal government’s policy goal of streamlining the NEPA review process. Although a number of actions have been taken, it presently boils down to this:...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - September 2017#2

- U.S. High Court Asked to Review WV Justice's Role in Gas Royalties Case - "The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to review West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Beth Walker's participation in a high-stakes natural gas...more

Maine's energy legislation carryovers from 2017

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When the First Regular Session of the 128th Maine State Legislature adjourned earlier this year, its committees reserved a list of bills for further debate in 2018. A list of these carryover bills published by the legislative...more

Financial assurance and mine rehabilitation reform in Queensland

by DLA Piper on

In May 2017, the Queensland Government released two discussion papers outlining proposed changes to Queensland's financial assurance and rehabilitation framework. The consultation period has now closed and the Queensland...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - September 2017

Groundbreaking Held for New Methanol Plant in Kanawha County, West Virginia - "US Methanol expects it will open its first American facility, Liberty One, in mid-2018, which will be capable of producing 200,000 metric tons...more

Massachusetts Joins Other States in Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Announcing Plan to Reduce Emissions by Additional 30...

On August 23, Massachusetts joined the eight other states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in announcing a plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by an additional 30 percent by 2030 relative to 2020 levels....more

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Assistant Administrator Office of Water: Trump Administration Nominates David Ross

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced in a September 2nd news release the nomination of David Ross to serve as Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water....more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - August 2017

Welcome to Spilman Thomas & Battle's weekly energy news e-blast - Currents. The purpose of this communication is to provide a synopsis of the top news stories for the week, but with a twist. We recognize that you may already...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Interior Department identifies 'a handful' of national monuments to shrink in its report to Trump - San Diego Union-Tribune - Aug 24 - The White House is getting ready to move on...more

Executive Order Reinforces Measures to Reform Infrastructure Project Review

by WilmerHale on

On August 15, President Trump signed an Executive Order calling for streamlined federal review of major infrastructure projects. The Order applies to federal approvals for infrastructure projects in the following sectors...more

Missouri PSC rejection of Grain Belt Express line exemplifies the regulatory uncertainty in getting a proposed project to market

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Since the presidential election last year, there has been lots of discussion about the need to make regulatory reviews of infrastructure projects more modern and efficient. President Trump has called for federal regulatory...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 22

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House Rules Committee Posts Text of Spending Bills, Striking DACA Provision: House Rules Committee posts text for eight appropriations bills, striking language in the fi­nancial services spending bill allowing participants in...more

In 2017 Legislative Sessions, New England States Continue to Lead in Clean Energy and Climate Change Measures

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In their 2017 legislative sessions, New England states continued to show support for clean energy projects and policies, as well as efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, and continue to look to each other in determining what...more

Corporate Sustainability Efforts on Upswing

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Despite the new administration’s efforts to rollback Obama Era environmental regulations, most businesses in the U.S. are maintaining their commitments to sustainability. According to Lucid’s 2017 Sustainability Outlook...more

Trump Executive Order Issued on Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and Regulatory Reform

by Downey Brand LLP on

August 15, 2017 was a busy day for the Trump Administration. While interacting with the press and other politicians regarding the protests and counter-protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, the White House was also issuing an...more

Has President Trump Done More to Further the Paris Climate Agreement than President Obama?

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A little over a week ago, the Trump administration finally documented President Trump’s previously stated intention to withdraw United States support from the Paris climate change agreement in an official notice delivered to...more

The New Administration’s Efforts to Deconstruct the Obama Climate Initiatives

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President Trump is spearheading a government-wide roll back of Obama Era climate initiatives. The president and his EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, have delivered a one-two punch. They both have denied the impact of human...more

California Attempts to Fill the Clean Water Act Breach - State Water Board Issues Revised Rule for Definition of Wetlands and...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Although the federal government under the Trump Administration is stepping back from regulations under the Clean Water Act (CWA) – see President Donald Trump's Executive Orderand proposed federal rule – the state of...more

The Trump Administration Delivers Much Needed Relief to the Coal Industry

by Snell & Wilmer on

During the first six months of the new Administration, President Trump has delivered much needed relief to the coal industry. The President and Congress have been particularly effective at rolling back policies proposed at...more

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