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Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017 #5

Drive for ANWR Oil Bonanza Could Prove to be a Bust for the Republicans' Budget - "Congressional Republicans counting on a $1 billion windfall from selling oil-drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to help...more

Alaska’s Telemedicine Business Registry: What You Need to Know

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Alaska’s Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development has finalized new regulations to create a special Telemedicine Business Registry for health care providers delivering telemedicine services in the Frontier...more

Projecting the Future: Court Upholds Listing for Bearded Seals - Ninth Circuit Decision Based on Projections of Climate Change...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Alaska Oil & Gas Ass'n v. Pritzker, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently upheld a rule listing two species of seals as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) based on climate change...more

ERISA Preempts State Law Requiring Insurer “Prompt Payment”

Alaska’s prompt pay statute—which requires insurers to pay benefit claims within 30 days of submission—is preempted by federal laws governing employer-provided benefits and benefits for government workers, a federal judge...more

Supreme Court’s Environmental and Administrative Law Decisions in 2015-2016 Term

This Advisory briefly reports on some of the significant U.S. Supreme Court actions from January through June 2016 related to environmental and administrative law. Please see full Publication below for more information. ...more

Alaska Enacts New Telemedicine Law: What Providers Should Know

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed SB 74 into law on June 21, 2016, expanding the use of telemedicine in the Last Frontier state. Specifically, SB 74 removes Alaska’s previous in-state presence requirements for prescribing...more

Controversy Over Interior’s Trust Authority in Alaska Remains Unresolved

by Perkins Coie on

A majority panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently dismissed the State of Alaska’s challenge to the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s authority to acquire land in trust for Alaska...more

Supreme Court Holds the Ninth Circuit Misinterpreted the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act

by Perkins Coie on

In 2007, National Park Service rangers stopped John Sturgeon from travelling by hovercraft on the Nation River within the boundaries of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. Park Service regulations ban the use of...more

Alaska’s Director Of Insurance Lists Eligible Surplus Lines Insurers

by Carlton Fields on

On July 13, 2015, the director of Alaska’s Division of Insurance published a list of surplus lines insurers that are eligible to write non-admitted business within the state. The Non-admitted and Reinsurance Reform Act...more

Climate Change and Creative Problem Solving

by Burr & Forman on

A story in the New York Times recently portrays the ice cap in Greenland as rapidly disappearing. (NYT). Indeed, the pictures are dramatic. The story is based on experiences and observations from scientists working in the...more

Alaska Needs to Drill For More Oil — It’s All the Fault of Climate Change

According to the BBC, Alaska Governor Bill Walker has concluded that more drilling for oil is necessary in order for Alaska to have the funds necessary to pay to mitigate the costs of climate change in Alaska. Such costs...more

House Votes to Lift US Crude Oil Exports Ban

by Morgan Lewis on

The latest effort to repeal the export ban faces an uncertain future as it heads to the Senate. On October 9, the US House of Representatives voted 261-159 to lift the decades-old ban on US crude oil exports. The bill,...more

Alaska Department of Labor and U.S. DOL Agree to Work Together Against Misclassification

The U.S. Department of Labor (“U.S. DOL”) and the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development recently signed a memorandum of understanding to share information and conduct joint investigations regarding independent...more

Ninth Circuit Rules Approval of Oil Spill Response Plans is Non-Discretionary

by Nossaman LLP on

On June 11, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s (Bureau) approval of oil spill response plans (OSRPs) relating to oil leases in the Beaufort and...more

BLM Requests Comments on Upcoming Lease Sale in Nation’s Largest Federal Land Unit

The BLM is asking interested parties to comment on tracts available for oil and gas leasing in the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska (NPR-A) by June 29, 2015. The NPR-A encompasses 22.8 million acres on Alaska’s North Slope...more

House of Representatives Passes National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2016

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. Congressman Young’s amendment would replace Section 811 of the FY 2010, which introduced...more

Legislation Introduced In Senate To Phase Out RFS

On March 18, 2015, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced S. 791, "The American Energy Renaissance Act of 2015." Representative Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) introduced companion legislation, H.R. 1487....more

President Obama Opens up Atlantic Coast for Oil and Gas Drilling, Restricts Alaskan Waters

by Mintz Levin on

On January 27th, President Obama and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel announced that the Administration would take steps to open up portions of the United States Atlantic coastline for offshore drilling as part of the...more

ANWR News: The Fine Print of President Obama’s Executive Action to Create Over 12 Million Acres of Wilderness

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is administratively implementing President Obama’s recommendation that certain lands in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska be designated as wilderness. FWS...more

Obama Administration's Unwelcoming News to Alaskan Leaders

by Baker Donelson on

The Obama administration announced on Sunday its plan to make a recommendation to Congress to designate 12.28 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, a designation that offers the highest...more

Alaska Voters Approve Measure Legalizing Marijuana for Adult Recreational Use

On November 4, 2014, Alaska voters approved a ballot initiative legalizing the recreational use of marijuana for adults aged 21 and over. With passage of the measure, Alaska joined Washington, Oregon, Colorado, and the...more

Monumental Change Announced for Alaska Native Tribes—BIA will Allow Alaskan Land to be Taken into Trust

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On December 19, 2014, the Bureau of Indian Affairs announced the promulgation of a final rule that will allow land to be taken into trust for federally-recognized tribes in Alaska. Allowing trust lands in Alaska is a seismic...more

The Other Side of LNG Exports: Alaskan Exports to Free Trade Countries Approved

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

The capability of the U.S. to enter the global energy market as a net natural gas exporter has been the subject of much discussion, given the number of years that applications seeking approval to export liquefied natural gas...more

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