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New Energy Legislation Introduces Tribal Opportunities

by Hogan Lovells on

Historical development on new tribal energy legislation in Congress that will empower tribes to approve rights-of-way, leases, and business agreements with private industry for mineral development on tribal lands. Please...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Lawsuit challenges President’s authority to shrink Bears Ears National Monument - The Salt Lake Tribune - Dec 7 A coalition of American Indian tribes, recreation interests including the outdoor clothing manufacturer...more

SCOTUS Asked To Hear Tribal Land Condemnation Case

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A New Mexico utility has filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal of a decision precluding it from condemning land for a power line because the Navajo Nation held an interest in that property. The...more

EPA And The Corps Propose To Add Years To “Effective” Applicability Date Of WOTUS Rule

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule that would add an applicability date two years in the future to the Obama-era Waters of the United...more

Aboriginal Water Rights, Mining—and the Law & Order Theme Song

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Normally reserved for major league baseball players as they enter the game to take the plate or the mound, lawyers are rarely introduced with walk-up songs. But at the Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association’s 25th...more

Ktunaxa Nation: The Supreme Court returns to Haida first principles in dismissal of ski hill duty-to-consult case

by Dentons on

The Supreme Court of Canada (the “Court”) has rejected Crown consultation and spiritual-rights challenges brought by the Ktunaxa Nation (the “Ktunaxa”) against a proposed ski resort in B.C.’s Jumbo Valley area following a...more

Ktunaxa Nation v. British Columbia: The Duty to Consult and Protecting Religious Freedom Rights

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On November 2, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Ktunaxa Nation v. British Columbia (Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations), 2017 SCC 54. This case dealt with a novel argument related to the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Considering Case with Major Implications for Western Water Rights

by Snell & Wilmer on

Several months ago, an earlier post in this blog described a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that recognized a federal reserved water right to groundwater [see Ninth Circuit Holds that Federal Reserved Water...more

Court Declines to Vacate Environmental Assessment of Dakota Access Pipeline, Permitting Oil to Flow during Remand

On October 11, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia declined to vacate the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (“Corps”) Environmental Assessment (“EA”) of the Dakota Access Pipeline while the agency...more

Court Holds Project Construction Constitutes “Mining” on Tribal Lands

by WilmerHale on

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that excavation work performed by a private company when installing wind turbines constituted “mining” under the federal regulation governing mineral...more

Island Means Island: Pierce Atwood Successfully Defends Against Tribal Claim to Control State Waters

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In 1980, the State of Maine, Congress, and Maine tribes entered into Settlement Acts to resolve claims that the tribes owned two-thirds of the State. In return for, among other things, federal recognition and money, the...more

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Issues Guidelines for Reporting on Cultural Resources Investigations for Natural Gas...

by Hogan Lovells on

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Office of Energy Projects, recently issued its Guidelines for Reporting on Cultural Resources Investigations for Natural Gas Projects (Guidelines)....more

United States Liable as an Owner Under CERCLA for Contamination on Navajo Reservation Land

by Snell & Wilmer on

Last week, a United States District Court in Arizona held that the United States was an “owner” of Navajo Reservation Trust Land for purposes of CERCLA liability. See El Paso Nat. Gas Co. v. United States, 2017 WL 3492993 (D....more

The National Energy Board's Role in Crown Consultation

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On July 26, 2017, the Supreme Court released two seminal decisions that clarify the role of administrative tribunals, such as the National Energy Board ("NEB"), in fulfilling the Crown’s duty to consult with Indigenous...more

Local Taxes on Non-Indian Possessory Interests in Indian Country OK’d by Court - BB&K Wins Major Victory for Local Agencies...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In a major win affecting counties and local taxing entities throughout California, Best Best & Krieger LLP attorneys Roderick E. Walston and Steven G. Martin helped secure a federal court ruling that possessory interests held...more

Treaty Obligations to Protect Fish Habitat From Degradation Upheld

by Perkins Coie on

In July 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the state of Washington violated tribal treaty obligations by building and maintaining barrier culverts that block 1,000 linear miles of streams suitable...more

Massachusetts Gaming Update: First Circuit Decision Allows Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe a Second Shot at Martha’s Vineyard Casino

by Goodwin on

It’s ‘play on’ for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah). On April 10, a First Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel weighed in on the nearly three-and-a-half-year dispute between the Tribe and the Commonwealth, the...more

Two Bureau of Land Management Regulations on Life Support Under President Trump

by Jones Day on

The Trump Administration has signaled its intent to pull the plug on two rules issued by the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management ("BLM") in 2015 and 2016. Legal and legislative developments over the next...more

Trump Administration's Budget Blueprint Calls For Significant Impacts to Environmental Programs

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Trump Administration unveiled significant rollbacks in funding for federal agencies when it released its Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again on March 16, 2017. The President's proposed budget priorities would...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Federal Reserved Water Rights Extend to Groundwater

by Snell & Wilmer on

On March 7, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians v. Coachella Valley Water District, Case No. 15-55896. In this decision, the Court unequivocally held that...more

US Army Corps of Engineers Updates Five-Year Nationwide Permits – USACE Generally Declines to Apply More Rigorous Limits, but...

by King & Spalding on

On January 6, 2017, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) reissued 52 nationwide permits (NWPs) and issued two new NWPs, along with general conditions and definitions. NWPs are a type of general permit authorized under...more

EIB Energy Highlights: Dakota Access & Keystone XL Pipelines Revived, FERC on Energy Storage & Pipeline Rates & More

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Our goal is to serve as a leading-edge resource for companies navigating the rapidly evolving landscapes of the domestic and global energy markets. Moore & Van Allen’s EIB Energy Highlights is a complement to our Energy...more

Initial Wave of Environmental, Energy Changes Under the Trump Administration

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In the initial week of the Trump Administration, a lot has happened and more changes are planned. Here are the highlights from Week One: Confirmation Hearings - Confirmation hearings were conducted for Scott Pruitt...more

Clean Water Act Nationwide Permits Reissued: Permit Streamlining Remains Intact

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) on Jan. 6, 2017, published a final rule reissuing its Clean Water Act Nationwide Permits (NWPs) with some modifications (88 Fed. Reg. 1860). The NWP program authorizes streamlined...more

Pierce Atwood Environmental Regulatory Compliance Calendar

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

NEW REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS - Federal - - Program Requirement Revisions Related to the Public Water System Supervision Programs for Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont - EPA is giving notice that...more

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