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California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2018 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Federal judge overturns Oakland's ban on coal shipments - SAN FRANCISCO BUSINESS TIMES - May 16 The city of Oakland’s ban on coal shipments was struck down on Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria,...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - May 2018 #3

Study Finds No Evidence of Groundwater Contamination Attributable to Natural Gas Development - "A multi-year study conducted by researchers at the University of Cincinnati, and partly funded by organizations opposed to...more

District Court Confirms that City of Oakland Breached its Development Agreement with Coal Terminal Developer

On May 15, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California held that the City of Oakland’s attempt to apply a new “coal ban” ordinance to a coal handling terminal was invalid. The District Court concluded that...more

MSHA Engages Stakeholders to Improve Powered Haulage Safety

Powered haulage accidents are the leading cause of fatalities in the mining industry. They accounted for 50 percent of the fatalities in 2017 and as of this writing, 57 percent of the fatalities in 2018 were powered haulage...more

Benesch Energy Market Intelligence 2018: Energy Quarterly Report – Q1

by Benesch on

Coal - Rio exits coal industry in $4B worth of deals - Rio Tinto Group has agreed to several deals worth over $4 billion to sell all of its remaining coal assets, with a $1.7 billion cash sale of coal assets to...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - April 2018 #3

An Interview with Bill Raney, President of West Virginia Coal Association - Nick Preservati, Co-Chair of Spilman's Energy Practice Group, recently sat down with Bill Raney, President of the West Virginia Coal Association...more

Operators Beware! MSHA Issues Final Rule on Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: MSHA just announced its Final Rule on Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines. 83 Fed. Reg. 15055 (April 9, 2018). ...more

Rule 26 Proportionality – Think Beyond the Price Tag

by Butler Snow LLP on

More than three years after their implementation, attorneys, courts, and litigants are still learning to navigate the new waters in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26. ...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - March 2018 #3

Pipeline CEOs Vow to Fight Back Against Environmental Activism and Sabotage - "Executives from some of the biggest energy infrastructure companies in Canada and the United States say their industry had been surprised by...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - March 2018 #2

Trump Advisers Fervently Defend Tariffs (Unless They Change, That Is) - "The White House continued to sow uncertainty about the stiff tariffs President Trump said he would impose on steel and aluminum imports as key...more

Federal Circuit Breathes Life Back into Clean Coal Technology Suit

After a series of “Dead on Arrivals” from the Northern District of Illinois, the Federal Circuit on Tuesday resuscitated a patent infringement suit filed by Nalco Company against Chem-Mod, LLC, and others in the Northern...more

Tenth Circuit Holds Bureau of Land Management Improperly Relied On Unsupported and Irrational Assumption in Analyzing...

WildEarth Guardians v. United States Bureau of Land Management, et al., 870 F.3d 1222 (10th Cir. 2017). WildEarth Guardians and the Sierra Club (collectively, “Plaintiffs”) brought a claim under the Administrative Procedure...more

Coal Combustion Residuals: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Proposed Rule

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued on March 1st a pre-publication version of a proposed rule that would amend the regulations for the disposal of coal combustion residuals (“CCR”) from electric...more

Can Trump Save Coal Without Killing All the Miners?

Last month, the New York Times reported on the identification of the largest cluster of advanced black lung cases ever reported. (And lest you think that this is fake news, the Times contains a link to the article, which was...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - March 2018

Anti-Secrecy Lawsuits Soaring Against Pruitt's EPA - "The suits have come from open government groups, environmentalists and even conservative organizations that have run into a wall trying to pry information out of...more

Coal Lease/National Environmental Policy Act: Federal Court Addresses Challenge to Bureau of Land Management Environmental...

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (“Ninth Circuit”) in a February 27th opinion addressed a challenge by the Northern Plaints Resource Council, Inc. (“NPRCI”) to an Environmental Assessment (“EA”)...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - February 2018 #4

Dominion to Start Cove Point LNG Exports Early March - "Dominion Energy said it expects to start exporting liquefied natural gas from its Cove Point terminal in Maryland, the second U.S. facility to produce LNG from shale...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

MSHA’s February 12, 2018, Quarterly Training Call and Stakeholder Update

On February 12, 2018, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) held its first stakeholder/quarterly training call of the year, which featured Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health David G. Zatezalo. During...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa Limpopo’s coal-fired power station gets green light The government has flashed the green light again for a [new] multibillion-rand coal-fired power station in Limpopo, but...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - February 2018 #2

Oil World Turns Upside Down as U.S. Sells Oil in Middle East - "Yet, in a trade that illustrates how the rise of the American shale industry is upending energy markets across the globe, the U.A.E. bought oil directly from...more

Transportation Developments in Year 1 of the Trump Administration - President Touts New $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Plan; A...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In January 2017, Holland & Knight Transportation & Infrastructure lawyers and senior advisors prepared 20 posts for the 20 days leading to President Donald Trump's inauguration regarding what to expect from the Trump...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - February 2018

Trump Official Tells Coal Group He's 'an Advocate for the Coal Industry' "'The good news is I'm with the federal government and I'm here to help,' Doug Matheney, a special adviser in the Energy Department's Office of...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - January 2018 - Issue 4

West Virginia Surface, Mineral Rights Owners Say Details Will be Key to Getting Co-Tenancy Bill Passed - "Surface and mineral rights owners most affected by co-tenancy legislation say they're wary of jumping on the...more

Trump and the Oil Patch One Year In

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Let’s take a look at what President Trump has done for the oil industry in his first year (This is not about decorum, dossiers, tweets, or Oprah’s inauguration.) As in the past I refer to sources whose opinions and insights...more

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