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Feds to auction North Carolina offshore wind sites

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has announced plans to auction the rights to lease sites off the North Carolina coast for offshore wind projects. ...more

Boon Island lighthouse auction

The U.S. federal government is auctioning off Maine's tallest lighthouse, located on Boon Island near one of the state's designated offshore wind test sites. ...more

Congress Moves to Assist Renewable Development on Government Land

Congress recently considered three bills intended to facilitate renewable energy development on federal lands. On July 29, the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources considered H.R....more

New Law Changes Property Tax Assessments on Leasehold Interests at Military Bases

The leasing of government-owned, tax-exempt property can raise many policy questions for local assessing officials. Some of those questions are answered by specific provisions in the Property Tax Code. Other questions have...more

Relative Priorities of Planning Instruments Governing National Park Towns

Municipalities located within national parks are subject to unique development constraints. The federal National Parks Act and provincial Parks Towns Act enable agreements between the federal and provincial governments for...more

Significant Changes to the Alberta Energy Regulator Rules of Practice

On November 30, 2013 the Alberta Energy Regulator Rules of Practice Amendment Regulation (Amended Rules) will be proclaimed into force which will bring significant changes to the regulatory process before the Alberta Energy...more

Secretary's Order Encourages Mitigation Efficiency and Predictability for Infrastructure Development Projects on Federal Lands

On October 31, 2013, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell issued Order No. 3330 to establish a Department-wide mitigation strategy that focuses on mitigation opportunities at the landscape level. Order No. 3330 is part of a...more

House Passes Legislation Which Would Prohibit Department of the Interior from Enforcing Federal Fracturing Regulations

On November 20, 2013, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2728, Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act, which was introduced by Representative Bill Flores (R-Texas)...more

White House Threatens Veto Of House Bill Giving States Primacy Over Federal Regulation Of Hydraulic Fracturing On Federal Lands

On November 20, the U.S. House of Representatives began floor debate on a bill giving state law primacy over federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing on federal lands: H.R. 2728 (“Protecting States’ Rights and Preventing...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

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

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

Energy And Environment Update -- June 10, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department Of Agriculture; Department of Commerce; Department of Defense; Department Of Energy; Department Of Interior; Department Of Treasury;...more

Bureau Of Land Management Extends Public Comment Period On Fracking Rule

The federal Bureau of Land Management announced today that it will extend by 60 days the public comment period on its revised proposed rule on hydraulic fracturing on federal lands....more

Federal Court Protects Grazing Permits Under the Due Process Clause

In United States v. Estate of E. Wayne Hage, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada held that the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management arbitrarily denied the Defendant Hage, a Nevada ranching family,...more

CBD v. Salazar And The Way Forward For Fracking In Federal Minerals

On March 31, 2013, a magistrate judge with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in issuing...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - January 2013

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Gas Item - Hydro Items - Certificate Item Excerpt from Hydro Items: H-1 Annual Charges for Use of Government Lands (Docket No. RM11-6-000)...more

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