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U.S. Penalizes Exxon for Violating U.S. Sanctions on Russia, May Have Complicated How U.S. Companies Do Business in Russia

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On July 20, 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced that ExxonMobil (Exxon) must pay a $2 million penalty for violating U.S. sanctions on Russia.  On the same day, Exxon responded...more

The Strange Case of OFAC Against Exxon for Sanctions Violations

by Michael Volkov on

In a bizarre enforcement action, The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (“OFAC”) assessed a $2 million civil monetary penalty against ExxonMobil (“Exxon”) for violations of the Ukraine sanctions....more

G20 Advances Climate and Energy Action Plan for Growth

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 8 July 2017, the G20 summit in Hamburg issued a Climate and Energy Action Plan for Growth (the Plan). The Plan reaffirms the commitment of the countries (excluding the United States (US) — which announced its intended...more

Apocalypse Now? Not Much Has Changed in the Last Six Months

by Snell & Wilmer on

It has almost been six months since the Trump administration came into power. At that time, energy and environmental stakeholders were either celebrating the advent of a period of progressive reform or lamenting the end of...more

NC Legislative Update: End of Session Wrap

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

2017 Session - After 23 weeks of session, lawmakers adjourned the 2017 long session of the North Carolina General Assembly on June 30th. The Adjournment Resolution passed by both bodies reconvenes the legislature on...more

Reconsidering Helium Production on Federal Lands Amid Privatization of Federal Helium Reserve

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On Wednesday the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will auction helium stored in its Cliffside Field underground storage facility in west Texas (aka the Federal Helium Reserve). This annual auction under the Helium Stewardship...more

Trump to Nominate Kevin McIntyre as FERC Chairman

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Last week, President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Republican Kevin J. McIntyre to be the Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). FERC has been operating without a quorum since the...more

Senate Passes Russia and Iran Sanctions Legislation

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On June 19, 2017, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill mandating sanctions against Russia and Iran and a 30-day congressional review period should the president attempt to reduce those sanctions....more

Massachusetts Sets 200MWh Energy Storage Mandate

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Massachusetts recently became the latest state to adopt an energy storage target, following California’s lead, and recent storage legislation in Nevada and New York....more

What Businesses Should Know About the 2017 North Carolina Legislative Session

by Brooks Pierce on

The North Carolina General Assembly has left Raleigh after enacting a biennial budget and considering hundreds of bills during a six-month session. Legislators will return in August and September to consider other matters...more

Indian Country Should Defend Environmental Protections

Doing exactly what he promised to do throughout his campaign, Donald Trump has been rolling back Obama-era environmental regulations since his first full day in office when he issued an executive order to expedite approval of...more

PA Supreme Court Restricts General Assembly’s Right to Spend Oil & Gas Royalty Money

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court continues to expand the reach of the Environmental Rights Amendment to the state Constitution. Adopted in 1971, the Environmental Rights Amendment recognizes that the people have a right to...more

Environmental Notes - July 2017

by Williams Mullen on

On June 1, 2017, President Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement (“Paris Agreement”). The Paris Agreement was signed by 195 countries in December of 2015. The goal of the...more

United States Withdraws From Paris Climate Agreement

by Williams Mullen on

On June 1, 2017, President Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement (“Paris Agreement”). The Paris Agreement was signed by 195 countries in December of 2015. ...more

Canadian Government's Proposal to Reform Canada's Environmental Assessment and Regulatory Regime

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On June 29, 2017, the federal government released a discussion paper entitled "Environmental and Regulatory Reviews" ("Discussion Paper"), which proposes broad changes to the federal environmental assessment and regulatory...more

STATE BUDGET UPDATE: In A Historic Move, House Votes To Override 11 of the Governor's Vetoes From State Budget

by Roetzel & Andress on

The last time the Legislature voted to override multiple state budget vetoes was exactly forty (40) years ago to this day on July 6, 1977 under then Governor James Rhodes (R) and former longtime House Speaker Vern Riffe (D)....more

Department of Defense and Federal Energy Procurement Programs Remain Attractive

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Trump Administration promotes an "all of the above" energy strategy, but many of the Administration's actions to date seem to favor coal and fossil fuels at the expense of clean and innovative energy solutions. Although...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - June 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - EPA moves to repeal its own Obama-era “Waters of the United States” rule - The Hill - Jun 27 - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formally proposed Tuesday to repeal the...more

Senate Proposes Legislation to Modernize Federal Energy Policies

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On June 28, 2017, the Senate introduced a bill that aims to revitalize and overhaul various federal energy and natural resources policies. Senate Bill 1460 (S.1460), sponsored by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Arkansas) and...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - June 2017

by Mintz Levin on

A Note from the Editors - Our June edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and features a list of upcoming energy industry events throughout the nation. The Leaders in the News...more

Article: June 2017: Energy Litigation Update

New Administration Leads to Pause of Major Energy-Related Litigation. In March, President Trump signed an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to “suspend, rescind, or revise” several...more

California Supreme Court Denies Request to Review Cap-and-Trade Case

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Yesterday the California Supreme Court denied a petition for review of the cap-and-trade lawsuits brought by a coalition of business interests, headed by the California Chamber of Commerce and Morning Star Packing Company....more

U.S. House Takes First Step in Moving Energy Spending Bill

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The House Appropriations Committee marked up the FY18 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill this week, which provides annual funding for various programs under the Department of Energy (DOE), the Army Corps of Engineers,...more

South African Mining Charter 2017

by Dentons on

The Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act 28 of 2002 (MPRDA) provides for the Minister of Mineral Resources to develop a broad-based socio-economic empowerment charter (the Mining Charter) that sets out targets for...more

Meet the New WOTUS. Same as the Old WOTUS.

Earlier this week, EPA and the ACOE began implementing the Trump administration’s efforts to deconstruct the Obama rule defining “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. EPA and the ACOE submitted for Federal...more

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