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Interior Department Announces Regulatory Reform Comment Opportunity

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In a June 22, 2017 Federal Register notice, the Department of Interior (DOI) became the most recent federal department or agency to initiate a comment cycle to solicit public input on regulations that should be repealed,...more

Using An Old Hammer in a New Context: ONRR and DOJ Adopt Aggressive False Claims Act Strategy for Royalty Underpayments

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The government is dramatically shifting its strategy for pursuing alleged underpayments of royalties owed on production from federal and Indian mineral leases. For decades, the Department of the Interior (“DOI”)’s Office of...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 13

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Internal House GOP Budget Feud Threatens Agenda: House GOP efforts to write a fiscal 2018 budget are deadlocked amid Republican infighting, a divide that threatens to undermine President Donald Trump’s agenda by stalling tax...more

Secretary Zinke Orders Review of Sage-grouse Management Plans

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On June 8th, 2017, Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke signed Secretarial Order 3353, entitled “Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation and Cooperation with Western States.” This Order initiates the assessment of both...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 11

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House Appropriators Float 12-Bill Omnibus Before Recess: House Republicans are weighing an ambitious plan to pass a 12-bill appropriations package for fiscal 2018 ahead of the August recess, top GOP appropriators told CQ Roll...more

President Trump Orders Review of National Monument Designations Under the Antiquities Act

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On April 26, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13792, Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act (“Order”), which requires the Secretary of the Interior (“Secretary”) to review all Presidential designations...more

Opportunities Abound in the U.S. Offshore Wind Market

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Offshore wind projects have taken root in America. The country’s first operating offshore wind farm, in Block Island, Rhode Island, began contributing energy to the power grid in December 2016. Now, more than 23 offshore wind...more

Nevada Solar Project Survives Ninth Circuit Review Despite Impacts to Tortoise Connectivity

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On May 18, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s summary judgment decision in favor of the Secretary of the Department of the Interior and other federal officials in an...more

Scott Angelle Tapped to Take the Helm of BSEE

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Scott Angelle took over as the Director of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, May 23. Mr. Angelle is well known to the oil and gas...more

Eyes on Washington: FY 2018 Budget Request

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Trump Administration on May 23, 2017, released a full budget blueprint for FY 2018, titled A New Foundation for American Greatness. The full FY 2018 budget proposal is based on the March 2017 "skinny" budget outline. The...more

Struggle Over New Casino In Connecticut Continues Unabated

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Just recently, Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes released a letter from the Interior Department, their latest salvo in a struggle with MGM Resorts International over a new casino in the state. The letter has the...more

DC Circuit Considers Scope of FOIA Exemption 9

Federal government records, including business records submitted to the government, are subject to disclosure under the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). However, FOIA exempts nine categories of government records...more

District Court Dismiss Bid To Force DOI To Decide Whether NEPA Policy Changes Are Needed

On May 4, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a “Deepwater Horizon” ruling in Center for Biological Diversity v. Zinke. The Center for Biological Diversity’s (Center) claims concerns the Department of...more

BB&K Government Relations Team Helps Client Secure Federal Grant for Water Project - Las Virgenes-Triunfo JPA Pure Water Project...

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With the assistance of Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Government Relations team, including Senior Director of Governmental Affairs John Freshman in Washington, D.C., a client received almost $500,000 in federal funding for water...more

The Supreme Court - May 01, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in two cases today: Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela v. Helmerich & Payne Int’l Drilling Co., No. 15-423: Respondent companies brought suit in federal court against...more

Trump’s Executive Order Requires Hard Look at National Monument Designations

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By executive order, President Trump directed the Department of Interior to review national monuments designated since 1996 under the Antiquities Act of 1906. The Antiquities Act grants the President authority to designate...more

Environmental and Energy Policy Round-Up: Status of Regulations and Key Decisions under the New Administration

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

There has been much discussion lately regarding the new Administration’s efforts to review and possibly “roll-back” several environmental and energy-related regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 4

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Budget Battles: Amid a recess, lawmakers will miss the April 15 target date for adopting a federal budget outline for the second year in a row. While there are no penalties for missing the April 15 date, a slow start for...more

How the President’s Executive Order Will Affect U.S. Oil, Natural Gas and Coal Industries

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President Donald Trump’s recently signed Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth (the Order) includes significant revisions to the regulatory landscape both (1) directly in the case of oil and...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - April 2017 #1

by Holland & Knight LLP on

San Francisco Ordinance Invalidated in Victory for Landlords - In Coyne v. City and County of San Francisco, No. A145044 (Cal. Ct. App. Mar. 21, 2017), the California Court of Appeal invalidated a San Francisco...more

Executive Order Directs Federal Agencies to Reconsider Federal Initiatives Focused on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Change

by K&L Gates LLP on

President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order on March 28, 2017, entitled “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” (“Order”), which is designed to prompt reconsideration, and in some cases revocation, of the...more

Window On Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 2

by Clark Hill PLC on

Budget/Appropriations - April Deadline: The first deal Trump must cut is one to keep the government open past April 28, and here Republicans and Democrats mostly want him to get out of the way. Senate appropriators in...more

Trump’s DOI to Repeal Fracking Regulations for Federal Lands

by Liskow & Lewis on

On March 15, 2017, the BLM filed a motion to continue argument and hold in abeyance an appeal before the Tenth Circuit where the parties were contesting the validity of the BLM’s rule regulating “Oil and Gas; Hydraulic...more

Avangrid Wins Latest BOEM Auction for Offshore North Carolina Lease and Moves Towards Full Commercial Lease

by K&L Gates LLP on

Following an auction on March 16, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) named Avangrid Renewables, LLC (Avangrid) the provisional winner of the auction. Avangrid, majority owned...more

The Congressional Review Act: Congress Dusts Off an Old Oversight Weapon

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

One of the great powers that Congress has to undo changes made by a prior administration is the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which was enacted in 1996. As of March 17, 2017, this Congress has used the CRA to overturn more...more

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