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Oregon Legislature’s Attempt to Protect Pot Users Poses Challenges to Employers

Some Oregonians are no doubt breathing clouds of relief with the introduction of Senate Bill 301, the Oregon Legislature’s proposal to protect employees from being fired for personal marijuana use. Employers, on the other hand,…more
| Labor & Employment Law

California Energy Related Bills Introduced in the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

February 17, 2017 marked the deadline by which legislators had to introduce bills for the first half of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. The Stoel Rives’ Energy Team has been and will continue to monitor bills throughout the…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Oil Transportation and Suction Dredge Mining Legislative Topics in Washington Too

Following up on last week’s post about Oregon legislative proposals, here are some of the mineral-related bills currently pending in the Washington State Legislature..…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Transportation, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Mineral-Related Bills Pending Before Oregon Legislature

The Oregon Legislature’s 2017 session officially kicked off last week. A variety of mineral-related bills have been introduced. Here are some of the ones to follow..…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities

FERC Revises Delegation Authority While It Lacks a Quorum

Today is Commissioner Norman Bay’s last day on the job at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which means that on Monday, FERC will no longer have the quorum of 3 commissioners that is necessary for it to do much of…more
| Energy & Utilities

MSHA’s New Rule on Workplace Examinations at Metal/Non-Metal Mines Scheduled to Take Effect Despite Regulatory Freeze

On January 23, and for the first time in nearly 40 years, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (“MSHA”) issued new rules governing the way in which metal/non-metal mine operators must conduct their regular workplace…more
| Energy & Utilities, Labor & Employment Law

Wyoming: Partying Like It’s 1899

Wyoming has one of the nation’s best wind resources. But if a contingent of state senators and representatives there have their way, electric utilities located in the state will be slapped on the wrist for using it (or other…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

New Drug Testing Rules in Oregon Follow OSHA

Employers are probably aware that OSHA’s new drug testing and anti-retaliation rule is now in effect. (See our post here discussing the rule.) However, as we blogged previously, many states have their own reporting…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Oil & Gas Law Alert: California Department of Conservation Issues Discussion Draft Rules for Oil Field Wastewater Injection

On January 21, 2017 the California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”) issued a Notice of Pre-rulemaking Public Comment Period for the development of updates to the regulations…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

80% of Oil and Gas Injection Wells under EPA Review Will Not be Shut-In on February 15 - Update

As an update to our prior blog post, on January 17, 2017, the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”) released a letter sent to notify the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) of California’s…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

California Cap-and-Trade Lawsuit Hits Milestone with Oral Argument at the Court of Appeal

Yesterday, California’s Third District Court of Appeal heard oral argument in the related cases California Chamber of Commerce v. California Air Resources Board and Morning Star Packing Co. v. California Air Resources Board. …more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Energy & Utilities, Taxation

While Washington DC Wrestles with Ratings, Massachusetts Proposes 100% Renewables by 2035/2050

Amidst all the focus in Washington DC over inauguration crowd sizes, at least one state is instead focusing on matters affecting jobs, security, and quality of life–renewable energy! A bill (SD.1932) introduced in Massachusetts…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Oil Industry Caught in “Catch-22” with New Wastewater Injection Approval Requirements; Files Suit Against California Agencies

On January 19, 2017, three oil industry trade groups filed suit against the California Department of Conservation and the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”) (jointly “Department”) in Kern County Superior…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

80% of Oil and Gas Injection Wells under EPA Review Will Not be Shut-In on February 15

As an update to our prior blog post, on January 17, 2017, the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”) released a letter sent to notify the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) of California’s…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

EPA Proposes to Require $7+ Billion of Financial Assurances from U.S. Hardrock Mining Industry Under CERCLA Section 108(b)

Last week the EPA officially published its proposal to impose over $7 billion of financial assurance requirements on the owners and operators of currently active or idle hardrock mines and mineral processing facilities. 82 Fed…more
| Energy & Utilities
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