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Sage-Grouse: Short Flight for Pending 10 Million-Acre Withdrawal from General Mining Law?

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Secretary of the Interior Zinke has directed that the Bureau of Land Management immediately begin implementing the recommendations in his Sage-Grouse Review Team’s report, which was was released today, concerning the 2015...more

Legislative Update: Oil & Gas Related Bills Introduced in the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Stoel Rives’ Oil & Gas Team has been monitoring bills introduced by California legislators since the beginning of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. Below are the latest updates on a list of bills, summarized pursuant to the...more

Real Estate and Land Use - California Supreme Court Restricts Implied Dedication Rule

Scher v. Burke (June 15, 2017, S230104) - Why It Matters: Many large private landowners record notices under the provisions of the Civil Code in order to ensure that public use of their property does not morph into an...more

Finality in commercial arbitration further affirmed by the Supreme Court of Canada

by Dentons on

Confirming its 2014 decision in Sattva Capital Corp. v. Creston Moly Corp.1 (Sattva), the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC), in another appeal from the Province of British Columbia, has held that there is limited jurisdiction for...more

Update: Oil & Gas Related Bills Introduced in the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Stoel Rives’ Oil & Gas Team has been monitoring bills introduced by California legislators since the beginning of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. June 2, 2017 was the deadline by which the Legislature was required to pass...more

Senate Confirms Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke

by Nossaman LLP on

On March 1, 2017, the Senate confirmed Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) as Secretary of the Interior in a 68-31 bipartisan vote. He was sworn into the Cabinet later that day by Vice President Mike Pence. Zinke was able to attract...more

Oil & Gas Related Bills Introduced in the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

by Stoel Rives LLP on

February 17, 2017 marked the deadline by which legislators had to introduce bills for the first half of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. The Stoel Rives’ Oil & Gas Team has been and will continue to monitor bills...more

Impact of New Administration on Natural Resources Development in United States

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Anyone who has owned or operated a project involving public lands in the United States knows of the complex jigsaw puzzle of land ownership that defines the landscape of the United States. Jurisdictional governance is divided...more

Oil Transportation and Suction Dredge Mining Legislative Topics in Washington Too

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Following up on last week’s post about Oregon legislative proposals, here are some of the mineral-related bills currently pending in the Washington State Legislature...more

Mineral-Related Bills Pending Before Oregon Legislature

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The Oregon Legislature’s 2017 session officially kicked off last week. A variety of mineral-related bills have been introduced. Here are some of the ones to follow...more

DOI Releases Scoping Report on Coal Leasing Reforms

by WilmerHale on

On January 11, 2017, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) within the Department of the Interior released a scoping report analyzing a wide range of proposed reforms to the federal coal leasing program, administered by the BLM....more

Private Sale Of Real Property Voided Where District Rejected “Substantially Higher” Offer From Charter School

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

In re: Private Property Sale by the Millcreek Township School District, 143 A.3d 1037 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2016) (Decided July 20, 2016). The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania reversed the decision of the trial court which had...more

Sage Grouse Update: BLM Issues Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on Proposed Withdrawal of 10 Million Acres

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On the last business day of 2016 the BLM released the DEIS on its proposed 20-year withdrawal of approximately 10 million acres of “sagebrush focal areas” (SFAs) in six western states from mineral location and entry under the...more

Maine Board of Environmental Protection Unanimously Adopts Metallic Mineral Mining Rules

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On January 5th, the Maine Board of Environmental Protection (Board) unanimously voted to repeal existing Chapter 200 Metallic Mineral Exploration, Advanced Exploration and Mining rules and adopt new Chapter 200 rules to...more

Secretary of Interior Nominee Willing to Work for Tribes

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President-Elect Donald Trump has officially announced Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) as his nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI). During his time in Congress, Zinke has addressed various DOI issues...more

Energy in Transition: Trump Announces Additional Cabinet Nominees

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President-Elect Donald Trump announced this week three new cabinet nominees who will certainly influence U.S. energy policy at home and abroad. This alert is intended to update clients on the President-Elect's nominees and...more

Fish and Wildlife Service, Park Service Overhaul Decades-Old Regulations on Oil and Gas Operations in Wildlife Refuges and...

by WilmerHale on

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) yesterday announced its final rule governing oil and gas development in wildlife refuges, updating the regulations for the first time in over 50 years. The final rule will be...more

BLM rule for renewable energy leasing of federal lands

by PretiFlaherty on

The federal Bureau of Land Management has issued a final rule establishing a competitive process for leasing federal lands for renewable energy development. The Obama administration describes the rule as strengthening the...more

BLM Issues Final Rule Streamlining Renewables on Public Lands

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Nov. 10, 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued its final rule (Rule) governing solar and wind energy development on public lands. The Rule creates a new leasing program that uses competitive leasing processes...more

Environmental Notes - November 2016

by Williams Mullen on

EPA has revised its procedures for making certain changes to its “Test Methods for Evaluating Solid Waste, Physical/Chemical Methods,” also known as SW-846. The test method and its compendium of guidance documents provide...more

North Carolina Federal Court Gives Go Ahead for Shooting Range on Public Land

by Williams Mullen on

The U. S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina recently upheld approval by the U.S. Forest Service (“USFS”) of a recreational shooting range in North Carolina’s Nantahala National Forest. The case is...more

Trade & Manufacturing - October 2016

by King & Spalding on

What the Next President Should Do About U.S. Manufacturing - Top industry executives, political leaders, small business and trade union leaders, researchers and policymakers are offering a blueprint for maintaining the...more

Energy Bill Goes to Conference

by King & Spalding on

On September 8, House and Senate conferees met for the first time to consider the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2016, the comprehensive energy reform bill that has slowly been making its way through...more

Minerals Matters - Spring 2016

by DLA Piper on

Minerals Matters is DLA Piper's bi-annual publication which showcases the breadth and depth of our experience in the mining and minerals sector across our office network and in all practice areas. In this issue, we...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - June 2016 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - PG&E to close Diablo Canyon, California's last nuclear power plant - Los Angeles Times - Jun 21 - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) announced on Tuesday that it plans to close...more

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