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NPS updates oil and gas rights rules

The U.S. National Park Service has adopted a final rule updating its regulations governing the exercise of non-federal oil and gas rights. The NPS states that the rule improves its ability to protect park resources, values, and…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

FERC 2016 Report on Enforcement

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's enforcement program has shown consistency in recent years, according to a presentation by Office of Enforcement staff to the Commissioners. On November 17, 2016, the Commission's…more
| Energy & Utilities

Maine considers community solar rules

As Maine utility regulators consider changes to the state’s net metering rule for solar panels and other customer-owned generation, revisions proposed by the Public Utilities Commission could change how consumers can participate…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Maine utility water supply inquiry

As Maine utility regulators consider how drought and other factors affect water utility supplies, staff at the Maine Public Utilities Commission have again requested comments and information on water supply emergencies and…more
| Energy & Utilities

Maine Workers’ Comp Alert: Appellate Division Addresses Distinction Between Employees Covered Under the Act and Volunteers

In Huff v. Regional Transportation Program the Workers’ Compensation Board Appellate Division affirmed a decision finding that an individual was not an employee but, rather, a volunteer. The individual was a driver for a…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Worker’s Compensation

Eleventh Circuit Decides Surrender Means Just That

In the recent opinion of In re Failla, the Eleventh Circuit ruled that when a debtor indicates in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy schedules case that she or he intends to “surrender” property subject to a secured claim, the debtor can’t…more
| Bankruptcy, Finance & Banking

There Can Be Only One Reason Romney's Kissing Up to the Donald Now

To the pundits and members of the chattering class I would say, Stop wracking your brains trying to figure out what was Mitt Romney thinking when he came courting Trump in New Jersey right after the election; instead, keep it…more
| Elections & Politics

FERC considers hydro license term policy

U.S. hydropower regulators have requested public comments on whether to revise a policy setting the length of license terms for hydroelectric projects. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's notice of inquiry could lead to…more
| Energy & Utilities

Alert: Texas Court Issues Preliminary Injunction Blocking DOL’s New Overtime Rules

A United States District Court in Texas has issued an order enjoining, on a preliminary basis, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing and enforcing regulations that increase the salary threshold for exempt…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Heed Harvard's Lepore and Barney Frank: Inequality Gave Us Trump

Trump wins and I can’t get out of my head the comments of a good friend who’s a relative by marriage, a true-believing Republican who’ll tell you that Barney Frank caused the subprime mortgage industry meltdown that caused the…more
| Elections & Politics

If We Really Did Now What McConnell Said, Garland Would Get on Top Court

Hey, Elizabeth Warren! Hey, Ed Markey! Listen up. Please. I have an idea for a speech for you to give in the U. S. Senate. If you decide it’s not worth an entire speech, use it as a talking point in a constituent newsletter…more
| Elections & Politics

Adding micro-hydro to licensed hydropower project

What happens when a FERC hydropower licensee applies for a preliminary permit to study the feasibility of developing a micro-hydro project, where the new project will be sited at an existing project's dam? In a recent case…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

There's a Better Way to Put a Roof over the Head of a UMass President

What could be more obvious in human behavior than this: rational human beings act in their own economic self-interest. I act that way when I am in rational state, which, alas, is not my default mode…more
| Education

BLM rule for renewable energy leasing of federal lands

The federal Bureau of Land Management has issued a final rule establishing a competitive process for leasing federal lands for renewable energy development. The Obama administration describes the rule as strengthening the…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Nova Scotia tidal turbine installed

A Canadian tidal power developer has installed a turbine at a test site in the Bay of Fundy. Cape Sharp Tidal's project off Nova Scotia could demonstrate the feasibility of larger-scale marine hydrokinetic power plants connected…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law
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