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Currents - Energy Industry Insights - December 2017

WV DEP Waives Clean Water Act Authority Over Atlantic Coast Pipeline - "The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection waived the state's authority under the federal Clean Water Act to determine if another major...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - November 2017 #3

EPA Hosts Public Hearing in Charleston on Clean Power Plan - "Those who favored repeal cited coal jobs and economic concerns, saying they fear if the plan were implemented, it would negatively affect coal jobs and along...more

Beltway Buzz - November, 2017 #3

Tax Bill or Health Bill? It’s Two Bills in One! Caught in a legislative black hole, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) cannot escape efforts to eradicate it—or at least large chunks of it. ...more

House Committee Approves Bills that Would Repeal Conflict Minerals and Mine Safety Disclosure Requirements

by White & Case LLP on

On November 15, 2017, the House Financial Services Committee (the "Committee") approved two pieces of legislation that would repeal the conflict minerals and mine safety and health disclosure requirements promulgated under...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - November 2017 #2

Wheeling Resident David Zatezalo Confirmed to Lead MSHA - "In a strict party-line vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed Wheeling resident David Zatezalo to lead the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. The vote to...more

House Committee to Consider Repeal of Conflict Minerals and Mine Safety Disclosures

The House Financial Services Committee has announced it intends to meet to consider mark-ups of bills to repeal the conflicts minerals disclosures (H.R. 4248) and mine safety disclosures (H.R. 4289) on November 14, 2017....more

Treasury Issues Plan to Streamline Capital Markets Regulation

Pursuant to Executive Order 13772, the Treasury Department has issued a report that identifies laws, treaties, regulations, guidance, reporting and record keeping requirements, and other government policies that promote or...more

The Drumbeat Continues: Another Court Rejects an FEIR For Not Properly Considering Climate Change

Last week, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and remanded a District Court decision approving a decision by the Bureau of Land Management to approve new leases on mines that account for 20% of U.S. coal production. ...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - September 2017#2

- U.S. High Court Asked to Review WV Justice's Role in Gas Royalties Case - "The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to review West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Beth Walker's participation in a high-stakes natural gas...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - September 2017

Groundbreaking Held for New Methanol Plant in Kanawha County, West Virginia - "US Methanol expects it will open its first American facility, Liberty One, in mid-2018, which will be capable of producing 200,000 metric tons...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

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - August 2017

Welcome to Spilman Thomas & Battle's weekly energy news e-blast - Currents. The purpose of this communication is to provide a synopsis of the top news stories for the week, but with a twist. We recognize that you may already...more

Mine Safety Agency Enhances Enforcement Of ‘Rules To Live By’ To Prevent Mining Fatalities

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Mine Safety and Health Administration said it has begun “enhanced” enforcement of its “Rules to Live By” initiative, regulating standards commonly linked to mine deaths, as well as nine underground coal mine exam...more

Mine Safety Agency Re-Launches Annual Program To Prevent Roof And Rib Fall Accidents

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Mine Safety and Health Administration said that it is re-launching its annual Preventive Roof/Rib Outreach Program (PROP) to expand awareness among coal miners and mine operators of roof and rib fall hazards. The...more

Mine Safety Agency Launches ‘Training Assistance Initiative’ For Miners With Less Experience

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Recent coal-mining deaths have prompted the Mine Safety and Health Administration to launch a voluntary “training assistance initiative” for miners with less than one year of experience in mining or in their current job, MSHA...more

The Devil is in the ... Biometric Scanner? Fourth Circuit Finds Employer Failed to Accommodate Employee’s Religious Belief

Just how far do you have to go to accommodate an employee’s off-the-beaten-path religious belief? The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that you at least have to give the same accommodations you give to disabled...more

Converting Environmental Liabilities to Assets: Repurposing Inactive and Abandoned Mine and Mineral Processing Sites

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Under the Brownfields Law of 2002, EPA and other federal agencies have established a variety of programs focused on promoting and funding the repurposing of abandoned mine lands (AMLs), broadly defined as lands, waters, and...more

[Webinar] MSHA Citations and Orders Beyond 104(A)’s - June 20th, 1:00pm ET

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

Most, if not all, operators have at one time or another received a 104(A) citation from MSHA. While operators may be aware the basic orders MSHA can issue, such as unwarrantable failures, there are numerous, lesser known...more

Met Coal Still a Hot Commodity But Coal Regulatory Enforcement Resources Have Cooled

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

The Wall Street Journal reported this week that metallurgical coal (or “met” coal) remains a sought-after commodity despite the general malaise of the coal industry as a whole. Met coal is a higher-grade coal than the thermal...more

[Webinar] MSHA's Most-Cited Standards and How to Avoid Them - May 17th, 1:00pm ET

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

MSHA’s published enforcement initiatives and Fatalgrams are an easy place to start when improving mine safety and proactively preparing sites for inspection, especially if you do your research. Reviewing MSHA’s most-cited...more

Coal Miners No Longer Left in the Dust: Update from the Cowboy State

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

After spending the weekend in Wyoming, I thought I would give you an update from my home state. As you may remember, I come from a long line of coal miners – back when the country was primarily powered by coal, the coal...more

Mine Safety Agency Issues Blasting Equipment Alert

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a safety alert advising employers to take precautions when storing, handling, transporting, and using explosives and detonators in underground coal mines near energized...more

How the President’s Executive Order Will Affect U.S. Oil, Natural Gas and Coal Industries

by Perkins Coie on

President Donald Trump’s recently signed Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth (the Order) includes significant revisions to the regulatory landscape both (1) directly in the case of oil and...more

Federal Mine Safety Review Commission Authority Over Settlements Affirmed As Labor Department Drops Challenge

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

The panel that reviews mine safety and health cases has prevailed in recent federal court filings on the issue of whether it has the legal authority to approve settlements of penalties that MSHA reaches with mining employers....more

Mine Safety Agency to Award Up to $1 Million in Grants for Education, Training

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Mine Safety and Health Administration will award up to $1 million in new grants for education and training programs to help identify, avoid, and prevent unsafe working conditions at mines in the United States as part of a...more

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