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Status Update: The Paris Agreement

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Those of you who know me know that Wyoming is my first love and Paris is my second – but that is not why Paris is on my mind today. Instead, it is on my mind because of a big breakfast meeting that going on this morning...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

Hurricane Irma: To Facilitate Storm Recovery, Governor Scott & FDEP Issue Statewide Orders, Extending Development Approvals &...

by Akerman LLP on

To facilitate storm response, recovery, and reconstruction efforts, before Hurricane Irma's landfall, Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) issued twin emergency orders on September...more

Trump Track: WOTUS Wrangle

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

We have strange bedfellows, as business groups, states and environmentalists maneuver before the Supreme Court over the Obama Administration regulation defining “waters of the US” (“WOTUS”) under the Clean Water Act (CWA)....more

Maine's energy legislation carryovers from 2017

by PretiFlaherty on

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

Endangered Species Act: Trump Administration's First Addition to Endangered Species List

The Center for Biological Integrity recently noted that the Trump Administration added its first species to the federal Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) endangered list. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service...more

Trump’s 2-For-1 Order: Still Arbitrary and Capricious After All These Months

In June, I posted about Foley’s brief in support of those challenging Executive Order 13771, the so-called “2 for 1” EO. By ignoring the benefits of existing and proposed regulations, the Order ignores the purposes behind...more

New Presidential and Interior Orders Target Environmental Permitting, NEPA Reviews, and Flood Risk Standards for Infrastructure...

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Infrastructure has been a headline topic since before the 2016 election, and perhaps never more so than during the unprecedented storm season. The current Administration, like its predecessors, has pursued means to expedite...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

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Air and Radiation: William L. Wehrum Nominated to be Assistant Administrator

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced in a September 7th news release that William Wehrum has been nominated by the Trump Administration to serve as Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air...more

Administration Invites Additional Public Comment on "Waters of the United States" Rulemaking

by Clark Hill PLC on

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency will hold nine teleconferences to solicit public comments and recommendations on revising the definition of "Waters of the United States" under the...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

Arkansas Natural Resources Commission: September 20th Meeting

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission Meeting (“ANRC”) will hold its next meeting on September 20th at 9:30 a.m. The meeting will be held at the ANRC headquarters at 101 East Capitol Avenue in Little Rock,...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

Trump Track: Is Superfund Small Ball Best?

The most active agency in carrying out the Trump agenda in its first year has been the EPA, where there has been a raft of efforts to roll back the regulatory initiatives of the Obama Administration. However, in one area the...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

Senate Democrats Are Eager to Invest in Infrastructure, Including Flood (but what about Climate Change?)

by Downey Brand LLP on

The democratic members of the Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee took the initiative to lay out their priorities for a future infrastructure package. Those priorities, totaling over $500 billion, are included...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - September, 2017

by Brooks Pierce on

The legislators finished up a second short session this week, adjourning until October 4th. Redistricting - The General Assembly approved new House and Senate district maps Wednesday just ahead of the court-ordered...more

New Bill Aims to Streamline LA Olympics Transit Projects & Clippers Arena

by Nossaman LLP on

According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, California lawmakers pitch a break from a key environmental law to help L.A. Olympic Bid, Clippers Arena, California lawmakers introduced Senate Bill 789 last week in an...more

Update on a Prior Post: Under Pressure SB 774 Has Been Amended – But the Appointed Toxic Substances Board Concept Remains in the...

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Senate Bill 774 (“SB 774”) was amended in July 2017 to delete a section of the bill that would have allowed the new California Toxic Substances Board (“CTS Board”) to adopt or amend relevant regulations. Under the revised...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

Executive Order Set to Expedite Permitting and Authorization of Infrastructure Projects

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

During the campaign and thus far in the current administration, the President has prioritized the modernization of the Nation’s infrastructure and promised a $1 trillion investment plan to help fund that vision. There is rare...more

Awaiting a monumental decision by the President

by Hogan Lovells on

As expected, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on Thursday delivered his draft report to the President regarding the fate of certain national monuments, as directed by Executive Order No. 13792. Specifically, the President...more

Seven Months into the Trump Administration, Outlook of Controversial Obama-Era Ozone Standard Remains Hazy

by Snell & Wilmer on

The status of a controversial rule establishing more stringent ambient air quality standards for ozone—promulgated by former President Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—remains unclear following a series of...more

Executive Order Aims to Speed Up Environmental Reviews of Infrastructure Projects

by Perkins Coie on

President Donald J. Trump issued Executive Order 13807, on August 15, 2017, which is intended to accelerate the environmental review and permitting for infrastructure projects that require an environmental impact statement...more

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