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Rural Nevada Anti-Fracking Group Seeks to Enjoin Oil and Gas Lease Sale

Reese River Basin Citizens Against Fracking filed a complaint in federal court on June 27, seeking to enjoin the United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from holding an oil and gas lease sale. The rural group is...more

Further Clarification On The Constitutionality Of Exported Coal Reclamation Fee Is Delayed

The D.C. Circuit has decided against ruling on the substance of whether the Abandoned Mine Land reclamation fee and the regulatory methods the Office of Surface Mining uses to collect it on exported coal create an...more

Mediating Alternative Energy Disputes

Energy disputes are usually complex and very expensive to litigate, so those in the traditional oil and gas industries have used arbitration and mediation successfully for years. Most contracts in the energy sector have ADR...more

Texas Environmental Update

Gunnison Sage Grouse Continues Its Wobbly Path Toward Listing Energy Legal Blog, May 14, 2014 - Last week, the Gunnison Sage Grouse took another detour on its road to being listed under the Endangered Species Act...more

Cattle Battle on Federal Land Likely Avoided

An anticipated showdown between a Nevada cattle rancher and the federal government will likely pass without the violence and fanfare many anti-government groups had been hoping. The background of this fight stemmed from the...more

Bureau of Land Management to Focus Anew on Venting and Flaring on Federal and Indian Lands

Consistent with the administration’s ongoing focus on methane emissions, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is initiating a process of inviting feedback for the anticipated rulemaking regarding Onshore Oil and Gas Order 9,...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds BLM’s Environmental Assessment Allowing Expansion of the Reid Gardner Generating Station

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld summary judgment in favor of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regarding its assessment of the potential environmental impact of a proposed expansion of the Reid Gardner...more

Tighter Regulations Amid the Fracking Fray: The Bureau of Land Management’s proposals could affect production on 700 million acres...

The federal government is poised to tighten regulation of hydraulic fracturing — the drilling method behind the boom in U.S. natural gas production — by proposing to revise rules affecting 700 million acres of federal and...more

US Department of Interior features energy as a priority

The United States Department of the Interior has updated its regulatory priorities for the coming six months, with energy issues featured prominently. The nation's principal steward of federal public lands and resources, the...more

District Court Upholds Biological Opinion For Wind Energy Project In Imperial County, California

On November 20, 2013, the United States District Court for the Southern District of California rejected a challenge by various plaintiffs and upheld the biological opinion and incidental take statement issued by the U.S. Fish...more

Bureau Of Land Management Continues To Develop A National Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today issued a draft Oregon Greater Sage-Grouse Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement (LUP Amendment/EIS) for the Oregon Sub-Region. Once finalized, the LUP...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 19, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Court Upholds State's Authority to Sell Carbon Allowances at Auction: Reuter's - Nov 14 -- The California Air Resources Board (ARB) can sell carbon emission allowances at...more

U.S. Bureau Of Land Management Issues Draft Proposal To Protect Nevada And Northeast California Greater Sage-Grouse

On November 1, 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), as lead agency, and the U.S. Forest Service (Service), as cooperating agency, issued the Nevada and Northeast California Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Land Use Plan...more

BLM Clarifies Bond Requirements

The Bureau of Land Management released a new Instructional Memorandum 2013-151, clarifying the re-evaluation of bonds required for operations on federal lands. The purpose was to clearly define the terms and conditions now...more

GAO: BLM Needs To Improve Oil and Gas Well Inspections

In addition to reviewing the BLM’s oil and gas permitting workload, the GAO report analyzed actions BLM took to mitigate the environmental impacts of federal oil and gas development. Based on its review, the GAO recommends...more

Envirnomental Regulatory Update: Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy - Volume 32, Issue 3 - October 2013

Oil and Gas Update - Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations - Bureau of Land Management: On May 16, 2013, the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a Supplemental Notice of Proposed...more

GAO Recommends That BLM Do a Better Job of Permitting Oil and Gas Development

The Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) conducted a review of certain aspects of the Bureau of Land Management’s (“BLM”) management of federal oil and gas resources. Following this review, the GAO produced a report of...more

Concerns about BLM’s Failure to Protect Trade Secrets Headline Rulemaking Comments

When the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) issued its Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking related to hydraulic fracturing on federal lands on May 16, 2013, it believed that it had struck a balance between industry and...more

Environmental Groups Set Stage for Litigation Challenging BLM’s Proposed Hydraulic Fracturing Rulemaking with Claim That BLM Is...

Eighteen environmental organizations – lead by the Sierra Club – are claiming that the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) will violate the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) if it finalizes its proposed rulemaking...more

BLM Announces an Environmental Assessment to Address Fracking in California

Last week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to address hydraulic fracturing on federal lands...more

House Committee Advances Bill to Override BLM Fracking Regulations in Favor of State Rules

Last Week, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Natural Resources Committee advanced a bill that would require the Department of Interior (DOI) to defer to state rules regulating hydraulic fracturing on federal lands. HR 2728,...more

Federal Agency Puts Plan to Lease Mineral Rights in Ohio Forest on Hold

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has temporarily delayed its plans to auction off the mineral rights to over 4,500 acres of property in the Blue Rock State Forest in Muskingum County, Ohio....more

REGULATORY: U.S. Regulatory: As Coal Exports Hit Record Highs, Interior Inspector General Questions Lease Valuations

Even as U.S. coal exports surge to record highs, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is being taken to task for (among other items) failing to take account of the burgeoning export market when calculating the fair market...more

Obama Administration Acts on Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations With the Release of Its Revised Rules

On May 13, 2013, the Department of Interior (DOI) and its Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a set of revised proposed rules governing hydraulic fracturing on federal lands. The revised rules come on the heels of...more

BLM Releases Final Environmental Impact Statement for SunZia Southwest Transmission Project

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), after a multi-year environmental review process, has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and two related Proposed Resource Management Plan Amendments (RMPAs) for the...more

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