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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

Infrastructure Acceleration Effort Takes First Step in Right Direction – President Signs Executive Order to Streamline...

As has been widely discussed over the past decade, the U.S. transportation and energy infrastructures—from highways and bridges to airports, rail and ports to power generation and distribution—have seen a significant...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

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Release Report Recommending Ways to Improve the Resilience of Nation’s...

On July 20, 2017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) released a report directing the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop solutions...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

Pipeline Safety Updates: Drue Pearce Tapped for PHMSA; PHMSA and DOT Accept Comments on Pipeline Regulations

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

This Client Alert notes updates in PHMSA’s leadership and recent engagement of stakeholders in the regulation of natural gas pipelines. Trump Administration Appoints New PHMSA Deputy Administrator - Drue Pearce has...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

US Enacts “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” Expanding Its Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions Programs

by White & Case LLP on

On August 2, 2017, the President signed into law the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act," providing a number of new sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea. The President also issued a signing...more

FERC Quorum Restored, New Chairman Named

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On August 4, the Senate confirmed Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson as FERC Commissioners. Commissioner Chatterjee was sworn in on August 8 and Commissioner Robert Powelson was sworn in today, August 10....more

NAFTA And Natural Gas

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Natural Gas Exports To Mexico will loom large in NAFTA negotiations- The North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”) entered into force some 23 years ago and in simple terms, the Treaty created a free trade zone between...more

New Law Imposes Expansive New Sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea While Limiting the President’s Ability to Ease Russia...

On August 2, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (Pub. Law. No. 115-44, H.R. 3364) (the “Act”), which significantly expands economic sanctions against...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

President Trump Signs New Sanctions Legislation into Law

by Jones Day on

On August 2, 2017, President Trump signed the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act" ("Act") into law. The Act, which codifies and strengthens sanctions against Russia and expands sanctions against Iran and...more

Appeals Court Thwarts Trump Effort to Stall Implementation of Methane Rules

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Although the fight remains ongoing, a recent U.S. Court of Appeals decision requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately enforce Obama-era rules intended to reduce emissions from new oil and gas...more

Client alert: New law may significantly impact international trade

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The President signed into law the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (“CAATSA”) on August 2, 2017, which could have a significant impact on international trade. CAATSA targets three countries with new...more

New Law Marks Significant Increase in US Sanctions on Russia, Stays the Course on Iran, North Korea

On August 2, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (the Act), which significantly expands U.S. sanctions against Russia while enacting modest new sanctions on...more

Energy & Sustainability Connections Newsletter - July 2017

by Mintz Levin on

A Note from the Editors - Energy & Sustainability Connections brings the latest developments in energy investing, legal insights, company activity, and industry events straight to your inbox. This month’s Leader in the...more

Senate Confirms FERC Nominees

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Senate voted last week to confirm the nominations of Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson to fill two of the four Commissioner vacancies in FERC leadership. The nominations were approved by the full Senate, on a voice...more

Forging ahead: US M&A H1 2017: Power M&A loses its spark

by White & Case LLP on

A slew of blocked deals has caused a hesitant environment for deals within the utilities space, while the renewables sector offers an attractive alternative - The power sector is in a state of flux. While traditional firms...more

California Extends Cap-and-Trade Through 2030

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On July 25, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation extending the state’s cap-and-trade program through 2030. The signing ceremony for Assembly Bill (AB) 398 included former California Governor Arnold...more

Land Owners Could Be Paying Proposed Severance Tax

by Barley Snyder on

Whether or not the latest natural gas severance tax proposal gets passed into law in Pennsylvania, House Bill 542 contains some interesting language land owners who have signed lease agreements with energy companies need to...more

In the Chaos of (Trade) War, Where Does Your Company Find Peace?

On July 27, 2017, the U.S. Congress sent to President Trump’s desk a bill that imposes new financial sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea. It appears nearly certain that the president will sign that bill, now...more

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Solicits Comments under E.O. 13777 "Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda"

by Clark Hill PLC on

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ("Corps") announced that it is soliciting comments on existing regulations that should be considered for repeal, replacement, or modification pursuant to the President's Executive Order 13777....more

House Passes Appropriations Package, Including Energy & Water

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On Thursday, July 27, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act of 2018, by a vote of 235 -192. The package includes the individual appropriations bills for Military...more

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