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Oregon Targets Renewable Heating Companies for Increased Assessments

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Biomass heating companies, which use renewable energy sources like wood, crop waste, or garbage to generate heat, will now come under central assessment in Oregon. Under central assessment, all of a company's property,...more

Water Banks: Why You May Need One

Water banks are not new — they have been around a long time. Water banking is a practice used to effectively manage water supplies throughout Western states. Water banking has long been used to solve water issues ranging from...more

Sustainable Development Update - October 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Green building rapidly becoming established part of home construction Proud Green Building - Sep 28 - Green construction is rapidly gaining traction among both single family and...more

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy: 2017 State Scorecard (Including Arkansas)

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (“ACEEE”) has released the 2017 version of its “State Energy Efficiency Scorecard” (“Scorecard”). With a total of 14.5 out of a maximum available of 50 points, Arkansas...more

First Electric Generation. Then Transportation. What About Buildings?

October 2, 2017, EnergyWire (subscription required) reported that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has unveiled a plan to cap fossil fuel use in buildings in New York City. (I haven’t seen the specific plan, but it is...more

Can a Lease Survive Foreclosure?

by Locke Lord LLP on

Two recent federal foreclosure cases applied Texas law and one highlighted a fact situation that may involve a new (2015) statute. In Arbuckle v. Chesapeake, Case No. 3:14-CV-04584-M (N.D. Texas, Dallas Division September...more

Connecticut Makes Favorable Changes to its Commercial PACE Financing Program

On July 11, 2017, the Connecticut General Assembly enacted H.B. 7208 (“Revised C-PACE Statute”) to make several minor changes to the existing statute governing the State’s commercial property assessed clean energy (or...more

Not So Fast—Your Oil and Gas Lease Primary Term May Be Longer Than You Thought

by Blank Rome LLP on

Energy Industry Update - Action Item: Oil and gas leases in Pennsylvania may have a primary term longer than that stated in the lease. The Superior Court has recognized that an argument can be made that time for notice and...more

Sustainable Development Update - September 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - D.C. named world's first LEED Platinum city - WAMU - Aug 31 - The U.S. Green Building Council named Washington, D.C. the world's first LEED Platinum city last week, a...more

Informal Description Dooms Oil and Gas Leases

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Conoco Phillips Company v. Ramirez et al is a helpful reminder when preparing a document transferring title: “Family vernacular” is a great way to communicate in wedding toasts and funeral eulogies, not so much in land...more

Fifth Circuit: Louisiana’s Subsequent Purchaser Doctrine Bars Claims for Damage to Real Property

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Applying Louisiana’s “subsequent purchaser doctrine” in the context of contamination from oil-and-gas operations, the Fifth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a landowner’s property damage claims. See Guilbeau v. Hess Corp.,...more

New South Wales Introduces Coal Mine Subsidence Compensation Scheme

by Jones Day on

Australian coal miners and landowners should prepare themselves for their roles in the new claims system. A fairer and quicker claims system is proposed....more

Identifying and Addressing Environmental Issues in Petroleum Marketing Agreements (“Presentation”)

The Arkansas Oil Marketers Association Environmental Workshop was held on August 30th in Little Rock. I undertook a presentation titled: Identifying and Addressing Environmental Issues in Petroleum Marketing...more

Sustainable Development Update - August 2017 #5

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Five million commercial customers could cut costs with energy storage - Renewable Energy World - Aug 25 - The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Solar trade case weighs whether protection will save or sink industry - Washington Post - Aug 15 - Two solar manufacturers are begging the federal government for help, arguing that...more

New Property Tax Exemption for All South Carolina Manufacturers

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The South Carolina Infrastructure and Economic Development Reform Act, 2017 Act 40, was recently enacted and is designed to enhance South Carolina’s economic competitiveness. The Act, commonly referred to as the gas tax bill,...more

Strong Dissent Warns of “Devastating Economic Repercussions” of Second Circuit’s Decision in Oil & Gas Case

by Liskow & Lewis on

In Gloria’s Ranch, L.L.C. v. Tauren Exploration, Inc., the Louisiana Second Circuit upheld a trial court’s ruling that Wells Fargo, a mortgage lender with a security interest in a mineral lease, was solidarily liable with its...more

Sustainable Development Update - August 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - As renewable energy gains traction, seeing a bright future for on-site energy storage - Urban Land - Jul 31 - Commercial property owners are rethinking their skepticism toward...more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Commercial office space green building on rise - Proud Green Building - Jul 21 - Green building in commercial office space continues to grow, according to a new CBRE study. The...more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Chicago grabs lead in green office buildings, study shows - Bloomberg - Jul 6 - Chicago now has the highest percentage of certified LEED or Energy Star office buildings, 66...more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Sustainable design of communities dramatically reduces waste - Scientific American - Jun 26 - In the past decade, the construction and retrofitting of individual homes to reduce...more

ESOS – Lessons Learned and Looking to the Future

by Hogan Lovells on

Large businesses will remember the challenges of trying to comply with Phase I of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) in the run up to Christmas 2015. “Trying” was the operative word because “lead assessors” (who are...more

Oil & Gas Rights and CMBS Servicing—Transfer Considerations

Question: The borrower pledged oil and gas rights related to the collateral property to the lender. The borrower has notified the servicer that it would like to sell these oil and gas rights. Can the lender approve the lease...more

Understanding Mineral Rights and the Impact on the Value of Your Property

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The United States is one of a handful of countries in which private real property owners can hold and own subsurface mineral rights. In a majority of countries, only the government can own and benefit from these rights. ...more

Pennsylvania Superior Court Splits from Own Precedent and Allows Unilateral Oil and Gas Lease Severance in Montgomery

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: Lessees of oil and gas leases in Pennsylvania who have been assigned or are assigning less than all of the geologic strata under lease should give careful attention to whether those leases have been severed...more

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