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U.S. Department of Interior Issues 60-Day Moratorium on Federal Leasing and Drilling Permits

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Following through with President Biden’s campaign promise to halt oil and gas drilling on federal lands, on January 20, 2021, the Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior (“Interior”) issued an order, effective...more

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California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2021 #2

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DOI unveils plan to weaken protections for millions of acres of California desert - Reuters – January 13 - The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) on Wednesday proposed weakening environmental protections for millions...more

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The Regulatory Resurrection of M-37050:‎ Interior Rule Limits the MBTA Again, But Likely Not for Long

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On January 7, the Department of the Interior (“DOI”) published a final rule codifying its previously announced interpretation that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (“MBTA”) applies only to intentional acts directed at migratory...more

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Changes to Expect in Environmental Litigation Under Biden

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One thing is certain about 2021 – environmental and natural resources-related litigation against the federal government will continue apace and it will impact a range of private projects that require federal authorization of...more

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Energy Policy Act Signals Inclusive, Innovation-Focused Future for DOE

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President Donald Trump signed into law on Dec. 27 H.R. 133, an end-of-year legislative package that paired the long-awaited Energy Act of 2020, reauthorizing a number of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) programs, with a...more

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California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2020 #3

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Biden picks North Carolina environmental chief to lead EPA - Associated Press – December 17 - President-elect Joe Biden this Thursday selected Michael S. Regan to serve as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental...more

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The “Climate 21 Project” Prepared for the New Administration

This is a brief review of the recently released “Climate 21 Project” policy memo. It is the work of many former members of the Obama Administration who are deeply concerned about climate change and what steps the new...more

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Election 2020 Snapshot: Helping our energy clients make sense of the U.S. election results

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Through the last several Administrations (Democrat and Republican) the mantra has been “we support an all-of-the-above strategy” to meet U.S. energy needs. Expect that to change. The Biden Administration’s focus will shift to...more

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Public Lands Management in the Biden Era

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As the 2020 presidential campaign made clear, President-elect Biden plans to usher in a sharp shift in policy priorities across the federal government. We anticipate significant changes in the management of federal public...more

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Indian Law & Policy Update, November 2020

With former Vice President Joe Biden winning the 2020 presidential election and Republicans poised to maintain control of the Senate, the American Indian Law & Policy Group looks ahead to 2021 and beyond to see how this...more

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BLM’s Lease of Lands in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve Using Programmatic-Level EIS Did Not Violate NEPA

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The Ninth Circuit held that a 2012 Environmental Impact Statement that provided a programmatic-level analysis for management of lands in the Alaska National Petroleum Reserve could also be used as the site-specific analysis...more

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California Environmental Law & Policy Update - September 2020 #2

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White House directs agencies to relax enforcement - Los Angeles Times – September 9 - A memorandum produced by the White House Office of Management and Budget and sent to federal agency heads last week instructs them to...more

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Courts And Election Mean The Future Of EPA’s Methane Regulations For The Oil And Gas Industry Is Still Up In The Air

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On August 13, 2020, EPA released two rules changing the volatile organic compound (“VOC”) and methane emissions requirements for new sources in the oil and gas sector, which alter or roll back some of the requirements put in...more

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Still Up In The Air: The Future Of Methane Regulations On Public Lands

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As discussed in this previous post, the federal government’s regulation of methane for the oil and gas industry — both from the Department of Interior on public land, and from EPA — continues to swing back and forth due to...more

Environmental General Counsel LLP

Trump Environmental Rollbacks Run Into Legal and Practical Roadblocks

Shifting away from the usual dry legal, analytical assessment of the state of affairs, this seemed like a good time, in view of federal environmental maneuvers over the past 3½ years, to take a step back and consider where...more

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Federal Court Rejects Interior Department Interpretation Limiting Migratory Bird Treaty Act Liability For Intentional Acts

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The Trump Administration’s efforts to clarify the scope of liability under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) suffered a setback when the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York concluded that the statute...more

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Court Rejects Trump Administration’s Migratory Bird Treaty Act Interpretation

On Aug. 11, 2020, a federal district court overturned the Trump administration’s 2017 interpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (“MBTA”). The MBTA implements four international conservation treaties and is intended to...more

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Trump Administration’s MBTA M-Opinion Vacated: What You Need to Know

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The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (“MBTA”) was first adopted in 1918, and for most of its existence the Department of the Interior (“DOI”) interpreted it to prohibit any taking or killing of migratory birds, intentional or not. ...more

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California Environmental Law & Policy Update - August 2020 #2

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Federal court blocks Interior Department’s relaxation of migratory bird safeguards - U.S. News & World Report – August 12 - The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York this Tuesday struck down a U.S....more

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Court Reignites Migratory Bird Treaty Act Question

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On August 11, 2020, a federal district court in New York ruled that the unintentional or incidental “take” of migratory birds is a crime under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (“MBTA”), vacating a Department of the Interior...more

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Federal Wildlife Agencies Propose Rule to Define Habitat

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The Departments of Commerce and the Interior (Departments) have completed a proposed rule to define the term “habitat” as that term is used in the context of designating “critical habitat” under section 7(a)(2) of the...more

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The Methane Boomerang

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Methane gas has been the subject of yo-yoing regulation—and regulatory roll-backs—over the past few years. Presidential candidate Joe Biden has already vowed to take immediate action on climate change, including “requiring...more

Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

Currents - Energy Industry Insights: Issue 26, July 2020

Dominion Energy and Duke Energy Cancel Construction of Atlantic Coast Pipeline - "Despite a recent win for the project in the US Supreme Court, ongoing delays, litigation and an expected increase in costs threatened the...more

Miles & Stockbridge P.C.

Update: SCOTUS Allows Atlantic Coast Pipeline to Cross Appalachian Trail

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a planned $8 billion, 600-mile natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina. Petitioner Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC seeks to build the pipeline, which would traverse 21 miles of...more

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U.S. Supreme Court Holds that Natural Gas Pipeline May Cross Under Appalachian Trail

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On June 15, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court held in United States Forest Service v. Cowpasture River Preservation Association that the U.S. Forest Service was authorized to issue a special use permit granting a 0.1-mile right of...more

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