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California Environmental Law & Policy Update - June 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - EPA to reduce staffing by more than 1,200 this summer - Washington Post - Jun 20 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans on shedding more than 1,200 employees by...more

New York Court Holds Pollution Exclusion Applicable to Pollution Caused by Covered and Uncovered Causes

In its recent decision in Matter of Midland Ins. Co., 2017 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 5065 (N.Y. 1st Dep’t June 22, 2017), the Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division, First Department, had occasion to consider the...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

Does the Concept of Regulatory Takings Comport With Original Intent?

On June 23, 2017, the Supreme Court issued an important regulatory takings case, refining the test to be used to determine what is the appropriate unit of property to use to assess the impact of a regulation. It’s an...more

NY energy storage bill would launch program

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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

Article I, Section 27 Rights Strengthened In Recent PA Supreme Court Decision

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a majority decision issued June 20, 2017, with a complement of new Justices, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a ruling placing further emphasis on the importance of Article I, Section 27 of the PA Constitution. The...more

Biofuel Industry Sends Letter On RVP To Senate Environment And Public Works Committee

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 12, 2017, 28 companies representing the advanced and cellulosic biofuel industry sent a letter to the members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee requesting their support for the Consumer and Fuel...more

Taking it to the Limit: Recommendations from Alberta's Oil Sands Advisory Group

by Dentons on

On June 16, 2017, the Government of Alberta released the Recommendations on Implementation of the Oil Sands Emissions Limit (Report) prepared by the Oil Sands Advisory Group (OSAG). The OSAG was established by Alberta's...more

FERC Staff Questions Wind Farms on Calculation of PURPA’s One-Mile Rule

On June 9, 2017, Beaver Creek Wind II, LLC and Beaver Creek Wind III, LLC (together, “Beaver Creek”) responded to a deficiency letter from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) staff seeking...more

Biofuel Mandates Escape Current EPA Scrutiny

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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

NYSERDA and NY Power Authority Seek to Fund Proposals for New Clean Energy Projects: First Round Submissions Due July 13th

On June 2nd, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) issued record requests for proposals from qualified developers to build renewable energy projects...more

Sustainable Development Update - June 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Support for wind, solar power continues - Facility Executive - Jun 14 - Demand for renewable energy by consumers and businesses — along with a long-term commitment to cleaner...more

SPARK 2017, November 6-7, 2017, Edmonton, Canada

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) and Alberta Innovates are hosting SPARK 2017 to support game-changing solutions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and advance the bioindustrial sector. The conference will take place...more

FERC Conditional Approval of Natural Gas Pipeline Consistent with Clean Water Act Sequencing Requirements

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

In the midst of the U.S. energy boom, the expansion and modernization of the nation’s energy infrastructure has been a priority. The ramp up in shale natural gas production has spurred investments in pipeline projects,...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

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

Some Will Always Have Paris: Withdrawal from the Climate Change Accord May Not Reduce the Heat on the Health Care Industry

President Trump’s decision earlier this month to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement—an international, nonbinding agreement to take steps to limit global temperature rise—followed a series of moves at the...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

Renewable Energy Update - June 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Can California really hit a 100% renewable energy target? - San Diego Union-Tribune - Jun 9 - California takes pride in its clean energy credentials, but the state may be poised to take...more

D.C. District Court Determines that Dakota Access Environmental Assessment was Inadequate

On June 14, 2017, the District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Court found that the Army Corps of Engineers (“the Corps”) had not...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

DOE Announces $9 Million In Funding For Biomass Research And Development

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 5, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), announced that up to $9 million in funding will be...more

US considers Arctic offshore oil exploration

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U.S. regulators are evaluating an application by a company seeking to explore for oil in the Arctic. On June 12, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management or BOEM announced that it had deemed Eni US Operating Co.'s...more

Sustainable Development Update - June 2017 #3

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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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