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Fate of U.S. - Canada dam license in question

by PretiFlaherty on

The holder of the U.S. federal hydropower license for a dam spanning the international border with Canada border has petitioned for approval to surrender that license, citing economic considerations. At issue is the Forest...more

Implications of declaration of boundaries of Konebada Petroleum Park - The Minister for Lands and Physical Planning has recently...

by Dentons on

The Minister for Lands and Physical Planning has recently declared a significant portion of land (including sea areas) on the Western side of Port Moresby to be the Konebada Petroleum Park (KP Park) under section 3(4) of the...more

RLUIPA Implications of Trump’s Immigration Executive Order

Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a district court’s issuance of a temporary restraining order prohibiting the enforcement of Executive Order 13769 – “Protecting The Nation From...more

Romanian Legal Update - Amendments to the urbanism and construction legislation

by Allen & Overy LLP on

New rules have been enacted in order to amend Law No. 350/2001 on urbanism and territorial planning (the Urbanism Law) and Law No. 50/1991 regarding the authorisation of the execution of construction works (the Construction...more

I'm dreaming of a White Paper…

by Hogan Lovells on

With an unusually warm 25th December forecast this year, the prospect of a white Christmas looks slim, but with the government's Housing White Paper due in early 2017 (The Year of the Rooster!), we consider what we might...more

Is Your Waste Coming or Going? EPA Revises Hazardous Waste Export-Import Rules and Reforms Generator Rules

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In late October 2016, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adopted two final rules that will very shortly change procedures for those who export or import Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)...more

EPA Report Addresses Voluntary Strategies for Reducing Air Pollution at U.S. Ports

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

As part of its initiative to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases at U.S. ports, the EPA recently released a report that assesses strategies for pollution control and sustainable growth. The “National Port Strategy...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: an announcement by the International Criminal Court regarding the...more

The Olympics’ Secret Use of Eminent Domain

by Nossaman LLP on

It’s an exciting time with the Olympics taking place in Rio De Janeiro. But what takes place before the Olympics ever gets off the ground involves years of planning, lobbying, and infrastructure development. That...more

Significant Developments in Canadian Energy – For the Month of July 2016

by Dentons on

Conventional - July 26, 2016 – TORC Oil & Gas Ltd. entered into an agreement with Zargon Oil & Gas Ltd. to acquire light oil assets in southeast Saskatchewan. The acquisition includes 1,120 boe per day (roughly 95 per...more

New Ninth Circuit Decision Precluding CERCLA Liability for Airborne Emissions

Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued in the long-running Pakootas v. Teck Cominco Metals, Ltd. litigation another important decision further defining the scope of liability under the federal Comprehensive...more

How Will Brexit Impact Environmental and Energy Law?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Following the recent UK referendum result, attention is now turning to the legal implications for specific policy areas. While the overwhelming majority of the UK’s environmental legislation is derived from EU...more

Brexit – Real Estate Update

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In the run-up to the referendum, many of the headlines focused on the economy and immigration. Little was made of the real estate market, which is surprising given that it is reported to be worth nearly £7 trillion; account...more

China Releases Ambitious Plan to Address Soil Pollution

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 28 May, the State Council, China’s highest administrative body, released the Action Plan on Prevention and Control of Soil Pollution (currently available only in Chinese) to address one of the nation’s most difficult and...more

Prime Minister Modi’s Visit to the U.S.: U.S., India Seek Stronger Ties, Increased Trade

by King & Spalding on

The world’s largest democracy and the world’s most powerful democracy continue to seek ways to create deeper ties. Given larger geopolitical trends, it appears the relationship is blossoming, which presents opportunities for...more

Qatar Market Update – June 2016

by Dentons on

In our June market overview we are seeing that the low price of oil is continuing to affect the economy in Qatar, with cut-backs and redundancies evident. However, despite the slow-down it is forecast that US $22.2 billion...more

Amendments to real estate legislation - Quarter 1 of 2016

by Dentons on

Amendments to federal laws - Federal Law No. 431-FZ dated 30 December 2015 “On Geodesics, Cartography and Spatial Data and on Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation” The law under...more

Overview of Real Estate in Morocco

by DLA Piper on

Morocco is an increasingly favoured target for international investors looking to diversify real estate investment opportunities. In 2014, the real estate sector represented 38.6% of foreign international investment compared...more

Pierce Atwood Environmental Regulatory Compliance Calendar (RCC)

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

NEW REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS - Federal - Draft Environmental Assessment, Habitat Conservation Plan, and Application for an Incidental Take Permit for Piping Plover, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and...more

Utah oil sands mine slowed

by PretiFlaherty on

A Canadian company developing an oil sands mining and extraction project in Utah has announced a decision to "reduce the pace of field construction in order to maintain working capital flexibility," based on low oil...more

Kuwait – Public Private Partnership (PPP) Projects

by King & Spalding on

Key Points - ..In July 2014, the Government of Kuwait enacted “Law No. 116 of 2014 Regarding Public Private Partnerships” (the “PPP Law”), which was officially published in August 2014. In March 2015, the Government of...more

Primer on Paris climate change talks: An optimistic outlook

by Dentons on

Between November 30 and December 11, 2015, leaders from nearly 200 countries convened in Paris, France, to seek agreement on a global approach to combatting climate change. Hopes were high, but the question on everyone’s mind...more

Belgian Retail Newsletter: The Legislation On Commercial Establishments Or So-Called “Socio-Economic Permit” Legislation: From...

by McGuireWoods LLP on

A prudent retailer seeking to open a point of sale in Belgium should check compliance with the legislation on commercial establishments1 which may require a declaration and/or a permit prior to the effective opening date....more

SHE Matters: The Medium Combustion Plant Directive

by DLA Piper on

Ambitious new emission limits are to be introduced for medium combustion plants such as electricity generators and heating systems via the Medium Combustion Plant Directive (the Directive). This Directive has been fast...more

Belgian Retail Newsletter: The Legislation On Commercial Establishments Or So-Called “Socio-Economic Permit” Legislation: From...

by McGuireWoods LLP on

A prudent retailer seeking to open a point of sale in Belgium should check compliance with the legislation on commercial establishments1 which may require a declaration and/or a permit prior to the effective opening date....more

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