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Africa Focus: Spring 2018: Angola and Mozambique: Oil & gas and mining - Planning for the up-cycle and managing risks in Lusophone...

by White & Case LLP on

Between them, Angola and Mozambique represent 94 percent of the population and 91 percent of the 2017 collective GDP of Lusophone Africa (Figure 1). In the early part of this decade, investors were very optimistic about...more

DOJ/EPA Memos Change Enforcement Policies

by Williams Mullen on

Three memoranda, two issued by the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and one issued by EPA, mark a significant shift in how the federal government approaches civil and criminal enforcement for violations of...more

Colorado House Passes Fracking Measure, Supports More Local Input Over Projects

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Colorado legislature took an important step toward solidifying greater community-control leverage over fracking operations via HB18-1071, introduced by State Rep. Joe Salazar (D-Adams) in January 2018. The bill would...more

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grant: Beaver Watershed Alliance Awarded $37,710.56

The Beaver Watershed Alliance (“BWA”) announced that it has been awarded a grant totaling $37,710.56 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (“Foundation”). BWA states that the award is being granted in response to...more

Energy Hearings This Week

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House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment Hearing: New Source Review Permitting Challenges for Manufacturing and Infrastructure - Witnesses: - Ms. Emily Hammond: Glen Earl Weston Research...more

Natural Resource Damages for the Entrepreneurial Practitioner: Innovations in NRD Assessment and Restoration

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The natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) process has evolved since its inception in the late 1970s. The innovations keep coming. In 2016, a third-party “credit banking” mechanism was used for the first time to settle...more

Energy Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Both the House and Senate are in session at the beginning of next week. House Democrats are still scheduled to depart Wednesday afternoon for their annual issues conference in the Maryland Eastern shore...more

The Year in Bankruptcy: 2017

by Jones Day on

The initial year of the Trump administration colored much of the political, business, and financial headlines of 2017, both in the U.S. and abroad. Key administration-related developments in 2017 included U.S. withdrawal from...more

CEQA Guidelines Update: California Natural Resources Agency Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

by Miller Starr Regalia on

On January 26, 2018, the Natural Resources Agency issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to the public regarding its proposed updates to the CEQA Guidelines; the Notice and related rulemaking materials are available for...more

UPDATE: California Natural Resources Agency Commences CEQA Guidelines Amendments Rulemaking

by Allen Matkins on

On January 26, 2018, the California Natural Resources Agency issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding proposed amendments to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines (Title 14 of the California Code...more

Circular Economy Update: A Short Summary of the EU Commission’s 16 January 2018 Circular Economy Package

by Reed Smith on

The EU has long sought to be a world leader in the transition to a ‘circular economy’. A circular economy is one that decouples global economic development from finite resource consumption, and develops new models of doing...more

The Paris Court of Appeal Weighs In On International Public Policy

by White & Case LLP on

On 16 January 2018, the Paris Court of Appeal reaffirmed its greater control over international arbitral awards by setting aside an ICC arbitral award in MK Group v. Onix on international public policy grounds because of a...more

Natural Resources Agency Launches CEQA Guidelines Rulemaking

The Natural Resources Agency has initiated formal rulemaking for a comprehensive update to the California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines. The proposed CEQA Guidelines amendments are the most comprehensive update...more

Limitations Period Doesn't Apply to Tribal Claim for Mismanagement of Trust Funds - Court of Federal Claims Ruling May Expand...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• A decision by the Court of Federal Claims has important implications for breach of trust claims involving tribal trust funds. • Most claims for mismanagement of tribal trust resources are limited to the six-year period...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 2

by Clark Hill PLC on

Shutdown Watch: 4 Days. The government will run out of money on Friday if it does not pass another short-term spending bill. Last week it looked like Congress was close to negotiating a short-term continuing resolution that...more

Beautiful Buffalo River Action Committee: January 23rd Meeting

The Beautiful Buffalo River Action Committee has scheduled its 2018 first quarter meeting for January 23rd. Items on the agenda include... ...more

Energy Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee: Full Committee Hearing to Examine the Domestic and Global Energy Outlook - Time: 01/16/2018, 10:00 AM - Location: 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building....more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Improperly Expands the Definition of “Commonwealth” in Article I Section 27 of the Constitution to...

by Blank Rome LLP on

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently expanded the definition of “Commonwealth” in the Pennsylvania Constitution to include local governments but without any reasoned support. See Pa. Envtl. Def. Found. v. Commw., 161 A.3d...more

Buffalo River Watershed-Based Management Plan: Arkansas Natural Resources Commission Issues Draft

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (“ANRC”) issued a 622-page draft document titled: Buffalo River Watershed-Based Management Plan (“Management Plan”) ...more

Court May Order Partial Decertification And Leave Approvals In Place After Finding EIR Legally Inadequate

by Perkins Coie on

In Center for Biological Diversity et al. v. California Department of Fish and Wildlife, 17 Cal. App.5th 1245 (2017) the court of appeal held a court order that requires partial decertification of an Environmental Impact...more

Timberlands Regulation under the @realDonaldTrump  Administration 

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Those who closely watch the current White House pay particular attention to one Twitter handle: @realDonaldTrump. President Trump is not the first US president to use Twitter to communicate to the country. But I think it’s...more

National Water Quality Initiative: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Announces $30 Million in High-Priority Watershed...

The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (“NRCS”) issued a December 21st news release announcing it will add 30 new watersheds in 2018 as part of its National Water Quality Initiative...more

What's New In Washington - December 2017

December is often the busiest time in Washington, and this year is no different as Congress races toward the holiday finish line. There is still a multitude of problems to solve before members can head back to their...more

Energy Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the “Interior Department’s and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s permitting processes for energy and resource infrastructure projects and opportunities to improve...more

Office of Great Lakes Moves from DEQ to DNR

by Varnum LLP on

Gov. Rick Snyder recently issued Executive Order 2017-9 which moves the Michigan Office of Great Lakes from the DEQ to the DNR. "Protection and management of the Lakes is critical to our future," said Gov. Snyder....more

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