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Action Required: Deadline Approaches for Installation of Water-Conserving Plumbing Fixtures in Commercial and Multifamily...

by Allen Matkins on

Owners and operators of commercial and multifamily properties in California built and available for use or occupancy on or prior to January 1, 1994, should be aware that the deadline for compliance with California Civil Code...more

U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Environment Hearing/New Source Review Permitting – Challenges for Manufacturing...

The Subcommittee on Environment of the United States House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on February 14th entitled: New Source Review Permitting Challenges for Manufacturing of...more

Feeling Underwater? A Brief Look at Recent Clean Water Act Developments

by Holland & Hart LLP on

It is becoming increasingly difficult for the regulated community to stay abreast of state and federal environmental regulatory developments, particularly as they are decided in court. The following alert summarizes some...more

Brief Overview of Wind Energy in Texas, and Issues to Consider When Constructing a Small Wind Energy System

For a state that leads the country in the production of crude oil and natural gas, one would be surprised to learn that Texas also leads the country in wind energy production. In fact, wind accounts for nearly all of the...more

Sustainable Development Update - February 2018 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - More companies prefer green bonds, carbon taxes - GreenBiz - Feb 7 Companies that are serious about reaching aggressive emission-reduction targets are increasingly turning to green bonds,...more

What to Watch: Five Key Features of the Infrastructure Package

by Bracewell LLP on

The President has announced more details regarding the new national infrastructure initiative that he referenced during his State of the Union address. The details suggest the Administration is taking a new approach to...more

Taiwan Offshore Wind Farm Projects: Guiding Investors through the Legal and Regulatory Framework

by Jones Day on

The Taiwanese Government has set aggressive renewable energy targets, with a particular focus on the development of its offshore wind power capabilities. This exciting new market presents great opportunities for foreign...more

COGCC Issues New Rules on Flowline Disclosure

by Snell & Wilmer on

With the booming population in Colorado, more and more people have found themselves moving closer to oil and gas operations. This has had some grave consequences in recent times, but the industry has been quick to respond to...more

Recent Court Decision and EPA/Corps Actions Affect Fate of Clean Water Rule

by Williams Mullen on

A major skirmish in the long-running legal battle over the scope of protected waters under the federal Clean Water Act (“Act”) has just ended with the U.S. Supreme Court decision in National Association of Manufacturers v....more

Early Morning Budget Deal Brings the Return of Previously Expired Short-Term Tax Breaks

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Early this morning, the House and Senate voted to pass a budget deal that included $17 billion in tax provisions, ending a short overnight government shutdown. The bill (H.R. 1892) extends the investment tax credit (ITC) to...more

Alteration of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Projects: February 5th Federal Register Notice Proposing Engineer Circular

The United States Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) issued a February 5th Federal Register notice proposing to issue an Engineer Circular (“EC”) related to the policies and procedures for processing certain requests to alter...more

Understanding Limitations of Liability: Recent Alberta and Canadian Case Law

by Field Law on

Contractual liability limitations are a means of managing risk in construction contracts. Depending on the type of project, the type of possible damages, and the availability (or unavailability) of insurance, liability...more

Landfill Gas Collection System: Federal Appellate Court Addresses Competing Claims for Possession

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals addressed the priority of claims between the City of Peoria, Illinois, and Banco Panamericano, a secured creditor, regarding gas-to-energy conversion infrastructure left behind from a...more

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training: Environmental Crimes Case Bulletin –...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training publishes an environmental Case Crimes Bulletin (“Bulletin”) that summarizes publicized investigative activity...more

Commission on Environmental Quality/Shuqualak, Mississippi Facility Enter into Agreed Order

The Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality (“MCEQ”) and Shuqualak Lumber Company, Inc., Planer Mill Division (“SLC”) entered into a December 4th Agreed Order (“AO”) addressing alleged violations of an air permit and...more

Awards: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Is Accepting Nominations For The "Environmental Stewardship" and "Arkansas...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) announced it is accepting nominations for two environmental awards. The awards are: Environmental Stewardship (“ENVY”) Award...more

White House Proposes to Streamline Environmental Reviews for Infrastructure Projects

by Perkins Coie on

The Washington Post last week reported a leaked White House document that revealed a far-reaching set of proposals to streamline the environmental review process for infrastructure projects. The 23-page document included more...more

Waters of the United States/Clean Water Act: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/Corps of Engineers Finalizes Two-Year Delay of...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency and United States Corps of Engineers (collectively “EPA”) finalized a rule that would add an applicability date to the Obama Administration era revised definition of the Clean...more

India Launches Bid Process for Largest Auction of Oil and Gas Blocks

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Under a new licensing policy, India is set to begin an auction for exploration and development of 55 oil and gas blocks. The Action: Bidders are invited to bid for the identified blocks spread over a 59,282...more

Proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline/Louisiana: Environmental Organizations File Federal District Court Challenge to U.S. Corps of...

A number of environmental organizations filed a Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief (“Complaint”)in the United States District Court for Middle District of Louisiana challenging certain federal permits and...more

First Look - Winter Issue 2018

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

This past year, the Insurance Company Team recently welcomed six new team members from The Woodlands, Texas office of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC. The combined experience of the new members brings decades of Texas focused...more

"Once In, Always In" Policy/Clean Air Act: January 25th U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Memorandum Announcing Withdrawal

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Assistant Administrator for Air, William L. Wehrum, issued a January 25th Memorandum rescinding the agency’s Clean Air Act “Once In, Always In” policy....more

Natural Resources Agency Launches CEQA Guidelines Rulemaking

The Natural Resources Agency has initiated formal rulemaking for a comprehensive update to the California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines. The proposed CEQA Guidelines amendments are the most comprehensive update...more

Supreme Court Sends Challenges to Clean Water Rule to Federal District Courts

by Perkins Coie on

In a unanimous decision on January 22, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that challenges to the Obama administration’s 2015 Clean Water Rule must be brought in federal district courts rather than directly in the courts of appeals....more

New Ohio Court Ruling Tackles Issues Critical to Lessees

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

Another significant oil and gas law decision has recently been published out of the Ohio Seventh District Court of Appeals. In the case of Hogue v. Whitacre, 2017-Ohio-9377, released on December 22, 2017, the Seventh District...more

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