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Tanzania Overhauls Mining Laws, Fines Investor US$190 Billion: Is Your Investment Protected?

by Jones Day on

Recently, Tanzania enacted a series of mining laws that significantly erode protection for existing and future investments in the mining industry. As part of these measures, one foreign investor has been assessed a US$190...more

Energy & Sustainability Connections Newsletter - July 2017

by Mintz Levin on

A Note from the Editors - Energy & Sustainability Connections brings the latest developments in energy investing, legal insights, company activity, and industry events straight to your inbox. This month’s Leader in the...more

Republic of Guinea Passes Public–Private Partnership Law to Lure Investors

by Jones Day on

Guinea's Urgent Need for Critical Infrastructures - Guinea is a geological goldmine, quite literally, when one considers the high concentration of natural resources in its soil (including diamonds, gold, iron, bauxite,...more

California Proposes New Permitting Procedures for Impacts to Wetlands and Waters of the State

On July 21, 2017, the California State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) published its latest proposal for new permitting procedures that would apply to waters of the State, including wetlands. The proposal – which...more

Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety hearing on “Developing and Deploying Advanced Clean Energy Technologies.” Date: Tuesday, July 25, 10 a.m....more

Minimizing Risks and Maximizing Opportunities in China-Latin America Investment

On June 1, 2017, Skadden hosted the webinar “Minimizing Risks and Maximizing Opportunities in China-Latin America Investment.” Topics of discussion included the increasing importance of Chinese investment in Latin America,...more

USFWS Tentatively Supports ESA Reform Bills

by Nossaman LLP on

On July 19, 2017, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a full committee legislative hearing on five bills that would amend portions of the Endangered Species Act (ESA)....more

Renewable Alert Letter 31: Overloading Regulations

On July 6, 2017, METI and the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy released proposals for revision of laws and ordinances related to long-speculated restrictions on overloading (kasekisai). Please see full Publication...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Holds that Fiscal Legislation Can be Invalidated When Inconsistent with Environmental Rights Amendment

In 1971, the citizens of Pennsylvania overwhelmingly approved a proposed amendment to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Constitution’s Declaration of Rights, now known as the “Environmental Rights Amendment” (ERA). The...more

Environmental Law: H.R. 2936 a Solution to Fire-borrowing?

by Lewitt Hackman on

The federal House Natural Resources Committee (HNRC) recently passed H.R. 2936, a bill to improve the overall health of forests and other lands across the country. The bill was introduced by Bruce Westerman (R-AK), who is...more

Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

House Rules Committee meets to formulate a rule on H.R.806, the “Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017.” Date: Monday, July 17, 5 p.m....more

Public Decision Making Newsletter Winter 2017

by DLA Piper on

This newsletter summarises recent developments in resource management and local government law in New Zealand that are of particular relevance to local authorities and decision makers. In this edition, we address recent...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Extends Its Landmark Robinson Township Decision in Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation v....

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The "Environmental Bill of Rights" is now indisputably the law of the land in Pennsylvania. A majority of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reaffirmed and extended its landmark decision in Robinson Township v. Commonwealth, 83...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Issues Transformative Decision in Environmental Rights Amendment Case

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently issued a landmark decision regarding Article I, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, also known as the “Environmental Rights Amendment.” This amendment holds significance to...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rejects Longstanding Payne v. Kassab Test, Emphasizes Application of Principles of Pennsylvania Trust...

On Tuesday, June 20, 2017, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania held in Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Fund v. Commonwealth, No. 10 MAP 2015 (June 20, 2017) (PEDF), that the longstanding Payne v. Kassab test initially...more

PA Supreme Court Restricts General Assembly’s Right to Spend Oil & Gas Royalty Money

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court continues to expand the reach of the Environmental Rights Amendment to the state Constitution. Adopted in 1971, the Environmental Rights Amendment recognizes that the people have a right to...more

Energy Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee markup to vote on the nominations of Annie Caputo to be a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; David Wright to be a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; and Susan...more

Quebec Court Rules on the Role of Social Acceptability in the Project Approval Process

On June 21, 2017, the Superior Court of Québec (Court) ruled against Ressources Strateco inc. (Strateco) in a decision that addresses the issue of social acceptability in the context of project approvals in Northern...more

Implementation of Minnesota’s Buffer Law: Alternative Practices

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

This article, the fourth in a series of updates regarding implementation of the Buffer Law, summarizes six common alternative practices that landowners may wish to consider in lieu of a standard buffer... ...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Completes Revival of Environmental Rights Amendment

by Clark Hill PLC on

A 5-to-1 majority of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently confirmed that the text of the Environmental Rights Amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution (Article 1, Section 27) is the appropriate standard of judicial...more

Energy Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies hearing on the proposed budget estimates and justification for FY2018 for the Environmental Protection Agency. Date: Tuesday, June 27, 9:30...more

Ninth Circuit Requires Evidence of No Injury, Recognizes Forfeiture of Pre-1919 Arizona Water Rights

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A recent ruling from the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals underscores the importance of beneficially using water, as currently recognized in California, to maintain state water rights. On June 13, a three-judge panel...more

Energy Hearings this Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development hearing on the budget for the Energy Department. Date: Tuesday, June 20, 1 p.m....more

Monetizing Vacant Land Through Mitigation Banking

by Sullivan & Worcester on

A mitigation bank is a wetland, stream, or other habitat area that has been restored, established, enhanced, or (in certain circumstances) preserved for the purpose of providing compensation for unavoidable impacts to such...more

Internal Investigations In The UK: Legally Privileged?

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The English High Court (the “High Court”) very recently handed down a highly controversial decision in a case between the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Ltd (ENRC). The decision could...more

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