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Inside the Mining Industry: An Arizona Mining Lawyer Discusses Key Challenges, Opportunities & Trends for 2014 and Beyond

Other than market forces, Federal permitting processes continue to be a primary cause of delay for new mines and the expansion of existing mines throughout the United States. The federal government manages a significant...more

Michigan Lawmakers Evaluate Lower Severance Tax and Infrastructure Bills for Carbon Dioxide-Injected Oil and Gas Wells

While legislation driven by the rapid growth of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing has dominated oil and gas legislation in recent years, this week, Michigan lawmakers considered bills to enhance viability of other...more

Overview of Amendments to the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, and Federal Laws “On the Customs Tariff” and “On the Continental...

On September 30, 2013 President Putin signed new Federal Law No. 268-FZ (Amending Law) introducing amendments into Parts I and II of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, as well as the Law of the Russian Federation “On the...more

California Supreme Court Update: Air Quality Emissions Reduction Credits May Be Considered in Assessing Unit Value of Power Plant,...

A power plant operator was required to purchase emission reduction credits (“ERCs”) to comply with the permitting process to build a power plant. Over the course of several years, the State Board of Equalization (“Board”)...more

Shale Exploration Benefiting Ohio’s Economy

Edward Hill, Ph.D., and Kelly L. Kinahan of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University recently published a report based on sales tax data that concludes Utica shale development is...more

Stormwater Alert: Maryland Fee Program About to Become a Reality

The so called "rain tax" is about to hit property owners in Maryland. In April 2012, the Maryland General Assembly enacted a law — known as HB 987 — that requires each of the 10 most populous jurisdictions in Maryland...more

Illinois House Passes Fracking Regulations

On Thursday, May 31, 2013, the Illinois House approved the Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act to regulate high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing and impose a tax on oil and gas produced from wells permitted...more

Huron County Seeks Clarification On Taxes

The Board of Commissioners for Huron County have resolved to not take any more action regarding wind energy projects until Michigan clarifies the legislation and taxation of wind turbine....more

Reed Smith Marcellus Shale Tax Update - Recycle, Reuse, Reduce Your Tax Burdens

Pennsylvania’s broad mining exemption from sales and use tax also includes an exemption for pollution-control devices that is less well known than the general exemption for mining equipment. The pollution-control exemption...more

2013 Federal Budget Impact On Mining Activities

The good news is that the mineral exploration tax credit of 15% has been extended for an additional year. In addition, the budget has made an amendment to Section 66.1(6) of the federal tax legislation to add the words...more

Budget Briefing 2013

The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, tabled Budget 2013 today. In his Budget Speech, the Minister lauded Canada’s economic strength and achievements over the last seven years, while acknowledging that there are...more

NJ On Offshore Wind: Let's Build A Project Already

Is New Jersey placing the cart before the horse when it comes to the establishment of rules regulating the state’s offshore renewable energy certificates? Instead of spending time analyzing how to mitigate the risks of...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - January 23, 2013

In This Issue: Environmental and Policy Focus - A conversation with outgoing EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson; A Challenge To Obama's Climate Change Pledge; BLM pulls proposed fracking rules, works on new version; Six Top...more

Damon Key Legal Alert (Dec. 2012) - Hawaii Renewable Energy Technologies Income Tax Credits

The State of Hawaii Department of Taxation (“DOT”) recently issued temporary administrative rules that will affect anyone planning on installing and placing in service a renewable energy technology system, including a...more

Understanding Renewable Energy: Solar

This article provides an introduction to solar energy, including the different types of solar projects, the benefits and limits of solar energy and the federal and state programs that promote this technology. This article...more

Renewable Energy Projects: Tax-Exempt and Other Tax-Advantaged Financing

The term “renewable energy” describes energy that comes from natural resources that are naturally replenished, including solar energy, wind energy, geothermal energy, bio-energy, wave power, tidal power and hydroelectricity....more

Trading In California’s Greenhouse Gas Allowances – Fraud’s New Frontier?

As part of California’s Cap and Trade Program, the Air Resources Board will issue will issue tradable permits (Greenhouse Gas (GHG) allowances) that authorize a permit holder to emit a specific quantity of GHGs. Entities...more

Pennsylvania and West Virginia Move Tax-Break Bills to Lure Petrochemical Plant, Hundreds of Jobs

Originally published in Marcellus Shale Law and Policy Update A legislative proposal that would expand Pennsylvania's tax-incentive zones is one of the lures the state is using to convince Shell Oil Company to...more

Gas Tax Advances, Statute Of Repose Comes Out of Repose

SSB3141, a bill that would increase Iowa’s gas tax by five cents per year in 2013 and 2014, took another tentative step forward this week when it was voted out of the Senate Transportation Committee. The bill would...more

Pennsylvania Legislation Authorizing Counties to Levy Unconventional Gas Well Fee Signed Into Law

On February 14, 2012, Pennsylvania’s Governor, Tom Corbett, signed into law legislation (House Bill 1950) authorizing counties to impose a fee on persons holding permits to sever natural gas for sale, profit or...more

Pennsylvania Passes Marcellus Shale Unconventional Gas Well Fee

After much debate, and ultimately compromise, last night Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law a bill that permits any of Pennsylvania's 67 counties to impose a fee on almost every natural gas-producing well drilled in...more

From Williamson Act Contracts to Solar Use Easements: New Law Offers Incentives to Meet California's Renewable Energy Goals

In April 2011, Governor Brown signed a bill requiring one-third of California's energy to be produced from renewable sources by December 31, 2020. This energy mandate has created a land rush, and developers and utilities are...more

Local And State Tax Revenues Jump In Drilling Areas, According To Marcellus Coalition

Collections of Pennsylvania sales tax, realty transfer tax and other local and state taxes remain robust in concentrated natural-gas drilling regions of the state, according to a Penn State University study commissioned by...more

Natural-Gas Tax Receipts Overly Optimistic, Industry Says

Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell's proposed natural-gas extraction tax would raise only a portion of the amount estimated by the state Office of the Budget, natural gas industry officials say. "His numbers are off by a...more

Real Estate Development Advisory: Massachusetts Court Rules that an I/I "Fee" for Sewer Connections Is Actually an Ilegal Tax

More than $670,000 has been returned to developers of new properties in Saugus, thanks to a recent decision by the Massachusetts Superior Court. In Denver Street LLC v. Town of Saugus, the court ruled that the Town of Saugus...more

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