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Who is a “Payor” Under the Texas Natural Resources Code?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

You’ve secured the right leases. You’ve drilled nice wells in the right locations. Now, will you pay the right royalty owners? Follow Devon Energy Production Company, L.P. v. Apache Corporation, to be sure that you do....more

Arkansas Natural Resources Commission: Strategic Plan FY 2018 –FY 2019

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (“ANRC”) has published a document titled: Strategic Plan FY 2018 – FY 2019 (“Plan”) ANRC states that the Plan “is a blueprint for ANRC as we continue to work to manage and...more

Energy Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Markup: FY 2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies - Date: May 15, 2018 @ 5:30 pm EDT - Where: 2007 Rayburn House...more

Technology in the Forest Workshop: June 14th-15th Arkansas Forestry Association Workshop

The Arkansas Forestry Association (“AFA”) announced it is holding a workshop titled: Technology in the Forest Workshop (“Workshop”) ...more

Arkansas Natural Resources Commission Meeting: May 16th Draft Agenda

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (“ANRC”) has scheduled its next meeting for May 16th. The meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the agency headquarters at 101 East Capitol Avenue, Suite 350 in Little Rock,...more

U.S. Department of Justice: Environment and Natural Resources Division 2017 Report

The Environment and Natural Resources Division (“ENRD”) of the United States Department of Justice released on April 30th its “Accomplishments Report” (“Report”) for 2017. ENRD describes the Report as highlighting its...more

Federal Greater Sage Grouse Conservation Plans Revisited

by Nossaman LLP on

The Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) has announced a 90-day comment period on proposed amendments to six Resource Management Plans (“RMPs”) and associated draft Environmental Impact Statements (“DEISs”) designed to protect...more

DOJ Implements Policies On Environmental Enforcement

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• A recent memorandum from the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) provides guidance on civil and criminal enforcement of environmental laws. DOJ will continue to pursue...more

Energy Hearings This Week

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April 24 - Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee – Hearing to Examine the President’s Budget Request for the U.S. Forest Service for Fiscal Year 2019....more

Energy Hearings This Week

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April 17 – House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy Hearing: Oversight of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the FY2019 Budget - Witnesses: - The Honorable Neil Chatterjee: Commissioner,...more

Appellate Division Affirms ZBA Determination Denying Natural Resources Special Permit for Walls Built Without Permits on...

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In the Matter of 278, LLC v. Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of East Hampton et al., dated March 21, 2018, the Appellate Division, Second Department upheld East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeal’s (“ZBA”) decision...more

Energy Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

House Committee on Natural Resources – Hearing https://www.bgov.com/events/BDMS264897205 - Topic: Subcommittee on Federal Lands Hearing: The Subcommittee on Federal Lands will hold a legislative hearing on the following...more

2018 Environmental Legislative Update No. 3

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

In the rocket launching business, “Max Q” is point of maximum stress due to the combination of acceleration and air density. Judging from the number of items in today’s update, the session may have reached legislative Max Q....more

The South African mining industry is changing, and that's a fact

by Hogan Lovells on

2017 was another tempestuous year for the South African mining and natural resources sector. The sector was disrupted by a range of changes and uncertainties, including the publication of the Reviewed Broad-Based Black...more

Energy Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee: Full Committee Hearing to Examine the President’s Budget Request for the Department of the Interior for Fiscal Year 2019 - Time: 03/13/2018, 10:00 AM - Location: 366...more

U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Programmatic Treatment of Biomass/Forest Products Industry: February 13th Letter from...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator E. Scott Pruitt (“Pruitt”) hand delivered, during a visit to the State of New Hampshire, a letter to Governor Chris Sununu which is characterized as an update on...more

Newsletter: Environmental Law Update

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Throughout Connecticut’s legislative session, these updates highlight developments concerning environmental law and policy. The author prepares updates as Legislative Liaison of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Environmental...more

Innovative Water Infrastructure Workforce Development Program: Senate Bill 2346

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (“NACWA”) notes support of Senate Bill 2346 in a letter dated February 22nd. Senate Bill 2346 has been introduced to establish an innovative infrastructure workforce...more

Energy Hearing This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology – Hearing - Topic: Subcommittee on Energy Hearing: The Future of U.S. Fusion Energy Research - Time: 03/06/2018, 10:00 AM - Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office...more

NJ Appeals Court Affirms Approval of Controversial Spills Act Settlement

On February 12, the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey issued its ruling in the case of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection v. Exxon Mobil Corporation. The appeals court affirmed the...more

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

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

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

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