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Brexit Negotiations: As the First Phase Draws to a Close, the Next Phase Awaits

The UK and the EU have published a joint report at the conclusion of the first phase of the UK’s Article 50 withdrawal negotiations. Agreement has been reached in principle on three key issues: the rights of EU citizens in...more

House and Senate Tax Bills Target Renewable Energy Projects

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Senate passed its version of a bill to overhaul the U.S. tax code on Dec. 2, 2017, and is now working with the House of Representatives to reconcile its bill with the House's version, passed in November. The goal of...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 1, Issue 38

by Clark Hill PLC on

One Shutdown Averted, Countdown Begins Again: With the government funded through December 22, House and Senate leadership are shifting their focus on how to structure a long-term spending deal that would include an increase...more

Bonn Climate Talks Discuss Litigation Trend Linking Climate Change and Human Rights

by King & Spalding on

Climate change has been in the news recently in the wake of the Bonn Climate Talks, which took place between November 6 and 17, 2017. One key take away from the Talks: energy companies must seriously consider potential...more

Senate and House Tax Bills Provide Support For Oil And Gas Industry

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The tax reform bills that passed the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives may provide a windfall of potential tax benefits and breaks for some oil and gas infrastructure developers and operators. In addition to...more

American Indian Law and Policy: 10 Things You Need to Know - December 2017

Congress returned from the Thanksgiving holiday with an intense workload that must be completed by the end of the year. Tax reform remains a focus, and the Republican-controlled Congress is still committed to getting a final...more

Senate’s Tax Bill’s Impact on the Tax Equity Market: Five Differences from the House Bill

The US tax reform bill that the Senate passed on December 2, 2017—along partisan lines in a 51 to 49 vote—is a mixed bag for the tax equity market. The bill is now headed to the conference committee, consisting of House of...more

Infrastructure Insights: Issue #9

Fast-moving Tax Bill Creates Uncertainties for Infrastructure Plan - As the GOP works to resolve its House and Senate tax bills, the legislation’s impact on President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan is far from...more

Tax Alert Regarding the Impact of the Senate Bill on the Energy Industry

Early Saturday morning the Senate passed its tax bill by a vote of 51 to 49. The bill as passed included a large number of last-minute important changes that were needed to secure the votes for passage, including some so...more

LABI and LOGA Endorse President Trump’s Nominations for the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

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In September 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Kyle S. Duncan and Judge Kurt Engelhardt to the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Duncan is currently a partner at Schaeer Duncan LLP in Washington D.C. while...more

Federal Brownfield Legislation: U.S. House of Representatives Passes Amendments

The U.S. House of Representatives (“House”) on November 30th passed amendments that would address the federal Brownfield program. H.R. 3017 is titled the “Brownfields Enhancement, Economic Redevelopment, and...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - November 2017 #3

EPA Hosts Public Hearing in Charleston on Clean Power Plan - "Those who favored repeal cited coal jobs and economic concerns, saying they fear if the plan were implemented, it would negatively affect coal jobs and along...more

Enhanced Sanctions On Russia’s Energy Sector

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In consultation with the Department of State and pursuant to Executive Order 13662, the Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) has updated Directive 4, which will expand sanctions on the Russian energy...more

Water/Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project: Center for Biological Diversity Files Federal District Court...

The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety (collectively “CBD”) filed a Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief (“Complaint”) in the United States District Court for the Central District of...more

U.S. Government Takes Steps Toward Implementation of Sanctions on Russia

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The United States has taken significant steps toward fully implementing the sanctions imposed on Russia pursuant to the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017, which codifies and strengthens certain...more

May the oil & gas odds be ever in Nigeria's favor

by DLA Piper on

Nigeria remains the largest producer of crude oil in Africa, with production reported to be around 1.8 million barrels per day excluding condensate, which makes the commodity by far the country's most important export and...more

Senate Tax Proposal Provides Encouraging News for Wind

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch recently released his Chairman’s Mark of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Senate Proposal) in advance of the Senate Finance Committee markup scheduled to begin today. The Senate...more

Up to the Minute Synopsis of Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Developments

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Keeping track of the ongoing administrative and judicial developments on the issue of Clean Water Act jurisdiction has become almost as complex as trying to make a jurisdictional determination itself. Here is a handy synopsis...more

New Law Provides Alternative Method of Compliance with Water Use Monitoring Requirements

by Downey Brand LLP on

Assembly Bill (“AB”) 589, effective until January 1, 2023, provides an alternative method to comply with the water use reporting and monitoring requirements of Senate Bill 88. Instead of having to consult with a professional...more

House of Representatives Seeks To Clarify Lack Of Liability for Incidental and Accidental Take under Migratory Bird Treaty Act

by Nossaman LLP on

On November 8, 2017, the House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources approved an amendment to oil and gas-related legislation, the SECURE Act (H.R. 4239), that is intended to obviate liability for the incidental...more

House Finance Committee Approves Legislation to Repeal Dodd-Frank Act Mine Safety Disclosure Requirements

The House Financial Services Committee took a first step toward repeal of the mine safety disclosure requirements on November 15, 2017, with its approval of H.R. 4289. This bill proposes to eliminate the requirement...more

Interior Department and Forest Service Identify Burdens on Domestic Energy Development

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Report on the agencies’ review of programs provides a roadmap to understanding which energy policies the Trump administration will revise. Several federal agencies have now issued reports responding to Executive Order (EO)...more

A Comparison of the Energy Tax Changes in the Proposed House and Senate Tax Reform Bills

On November 9, 2017, the Senate Finance Committee released a Description of the Chairman’s Mark of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” and on November 14, 2017, the Senate Finance Committee released a Description of the Chairman’s...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - It was back to business as usual this week in Harrisburg, as the Senate returned for three days of voting session. While not in session, the House of Representatives was also busy, holding some public...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 1, Issue 35

by Clark Hill PLC on

Ryan Hints at Short-Term Spending Bill: Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday said Republicans might need a short-term spending bill to prevent a government shutdown on December 9. Ryan said the House GOP's goal is to pass a...more

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