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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

District Court Invalidates Wheat Ridge Anti-TIF Initiative

On September 8, 2017, a Jefferson County District Court ("Court") essentially struck down Ballot Question 300 (“BQ300”), approved by the Wheat Ridge ("the City") voters on November 3, 2015. The ballot question was an...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

Legislature Seeks To Prevent Local Voters From Enacting Many Types of Pro-Development Initiatives

by Perkins Coie on

The California Legislature just sent another “stop me before I vote again” bill to the Governor. Assembly Bill 890 proposes to limit severely the scope of voter-sponsored, pro-development land use initiatives. The Governor...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

The Texas Tree Mitigation Fee Credit Bill is Resurrected from the Dead

by Jackson Walker on

Many developers must remove existing trees in order to build new homes or buildings. Some cities have required developers to pay fees, known as tree mitigation fees, as a condition for permitting the removal of the trees....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

Further Opportunity to Extend Development Orders and Building Permits

by Bilzin Sumberg on

On August 4, 2017, Governor Scott extended the previously declared State of Emergency issued for the Zika Virus for the seventh time, affording holders of permits and development orders an expanded opportunity to toll the...more

August 2017 Federal Report: Infrastructure, Debt Ceiling and Budget

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

With the August work period coming to an end for Congress, there are the looming questions of the federal budget, and the debt ceiling hanging over the halls of the Capitol....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

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

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. Republicans Challenge Wording of Medicaid Expansion Question on Fall Ballot - Question 2 on...more

Amid the Chaos, Trump Signs Executive Order Streamlining Environmental Permitting and Disbands Infrastructure Council

This past week, a couple of new developments took place at the federal level on infrastructure, although if you blinked, you may have missed it....more

Time Will Tell If Trump Infrastructure Executive Order Shortens Federal Reviews

On August 15, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) (not yet numbered) that seeks to streamline federal environmental review and approvals of major infrastructure projects by imposing new timelines and...more

Developers and businesses take note: as the feds roll back wetland regulation, California is stepping in

by DLA Piper on

Land developers, commercial property owners and industrial entities should closely watch the major shifts in the ways significant wetland habitats are regulated, as the Trump Administration strips away relevant federal...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

New Executive Order on Infrastructure Ups the Ante on Streamlining the Environmental Review and Permitting Process

by Clark Hill PLC on

Since its earliest days, the Trump Administration has focused on eliminating delays in infrastructure projects, portraying environmental reviews and permitting as major choke points requiring change. On January 24, 2017, the...more

Trump Signs Executive Order to Streamline Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On August 15, President Donald J. Trump signed a second executive order "streamlining" the federal environmental permitting process with a goal of making construction of transportation, water, and other infrastructure...more

Executive Order Aims to Streamline Environmental Permitting of Infrastructure Projects

by Nossaman LLP on

In furtherance of the administration’s broad infrastructure initiative, President Trump on August 15 signed an executive order (EO) entitled “Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and...more

New Requirements for Planned Developments in Chicago

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Yesterday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued an executive order requiring all applicants seeking Planned Development (PD) approval to report intended and actual employment of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) as...more

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

by Sullivan & Worcester on

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

Caltrans Seeks Input on SB1 Planning Grants Guides

by Nossaman LLP on

We’ve previously reported on the recent passage of Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, which will raise approximately $52 billion in funding over the next 10 years specifically for...more

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