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Mexico Introduces Industrial Safety and Environmental Protection Provisions for Hydrocarbon Pipelines

by Jones Day on

On March 31, 2017, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources published general administrative provisions in the Official Gazette of the Federation. These administrative provisions establish the guidelines for...more

Environment: The Concept of Legal Personality – From Companies to Natural Entities?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

New Zealand’s Parliament has just passed a bill to enable the Whanganui River to be recognised as a legal person. It will now be represented by two nominees: one appointed by the Maori community (or Iwi), and another...more

Environmental deregulation under President Trump: Business as usual?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The Trump Administration is expected to issue a high-profile executive order that seeks to eliminate a major Obama-era environmental measure, the Clean Power Plan....more

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Finalizes Revamp of Eagle Permit Rule: What You Need to Know

by Locke Lord LLP on

On December 16, 2016 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) published a final rule (Final Rule) revising its 2009 regulations establishing requirements for issuance of permits for “non-purposeful take” of bald and...more

Fish and Wildlife Service Supports Renewable Developers and Proposes Revised Eagle Incidental Take Permit Reviving 30-Year...

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On May 4, 2016, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) released a draft rule and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) analyzing the impact of the proposed rule on eagles, and extending the duration of...more

Interim Approach for Environmental Assessments

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The newly elected Liberal federal government recently announced an interim approach for dealing with major projects subject to environmental assessments. The approach is part of the government’s effort to restore public...more

Windfarm Industry Suffers Setback as Court Rejects 30 Year Eagle Permit Rule

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On August 11, 2015, a district court in Silicon Valley remanded a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) rule issued in 2013 that had extended the potential term of incidental take permits under the Bald and Golden Eagle...more

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Polar Bear Unlikely to Survive a Warming Climate

by Nossaman LLP on

On July 6, 2015, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) published a Draft Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) Conservation Management Plan (Polar Bear Plan). The Polar Bear Plan identifies the continuing loss of sea-ice habitat...more

Ninth Circuit Rules Approval of Oil Spill Response Plans is Non-Discretionary

by Nossaman LLP on

On June 11, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s (Bureau) approval of oil spill response plans (OSRPs) relating to oil leases in the Beaufort and...more

Inside the Mining Industry: An Arizona Mining Lawyer Discusses Key Challenges, Opportunities & Trends for 2014 and Beyond

Other than market forces, Federal permitting processes continue to be a primary cause of delay for new mines and the expansion of existing mines throughout the United States. The federal government manages a significant...more

EU Carbon Trading System Wins Parliament's Support

On Wednesday, the European Parliament approved a proposal to delay the issue of 900 million emissions allowances (each representing the right to emit one metric ton of carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas equivalent, or CO2e)....more

Top 6 At 12: Highlights Of The Top Climate Change Stories In The Second Half Of 2012

2012 has drawn to a close. We chronicle here six of the most significant stories on the climate change front in the last six months. For those looking for hope that government is taking action to rein in greenhouse gas...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - December 12, 2012

by Allen Matkins on

In This Issue: Environmental and Policy Focus - Looking ahead: Obama's second term environmental policy; Judge: San Diego transportation plan fails to consider California's climate policy, greenhouse gas emissions;...more

Clean Energy Policy Priorities for 2013

Mintz Levin hosted a roundtable discussion on November 27, 2012, led by the New England Clean Energy Council, to build consensus around the energy and clean technology sector’s policy priorities for 2013. At the roundtable,...more

DISPUTE RESOLUTION: Tort Litigation: Reforming NEPA Review of Energy Projects

by King & Spalding on

The President’s re-election once again focused attention on the question of whether the Administration will grant the Presidential permit necessary for the U.S.-Canada border crossing of the Keystone XL pipeline. While...more

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