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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

Proposed “Comprehensive Update” to the State CEQA Guidelines Released - California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Following several years of public involvement, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research has just issued comprehensive Proposed Updates to the CEQA Guidelines. In addition to proposing changes or additions to nearly 30...more

Energy Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Senate Environment and Public Works — Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety hearing on the nominations of Kenneth Allen, A.D. Frazier, Jeffrey Smith and James Thompson III to be members of the Board of Directors of the...more

Environmental Protection is Enshrined as Official Ideology in China Amid Major Reforms

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

President Xi announces a comprehensive, 14-point reform policy that has long-term implications for companies with business interests in China. Key Points: ..President Xi Jinping has formalized a national commitment to...more

House of Representatives Seeks To Clarify Lack Of Liability for Incidental and Accidental Take under Migratory Bird Treaty Act

by Nossaman LLP on

On November 8, 2017, the House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources approved an amendment to oil and gas-related legislation, the SECURE Act (H.R. 4239), that is intended to obviate liability for the incidental...more

Drinking Water/2018 Farm Bill: American Water Works Association Recommendations

A key United States Congressional endeavor in 2018 will be the reauthorization of the Farm Bill. The American Water Works Association (“AWWA”) noted in a November 8th news release its interest in ensuring that the Farm...more

Energy Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on “Hurricane Recovery Efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.” Date: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 9:30 a.m....more

Senate Confirms McIntyre and Glick

by Reed Smith on

The United States Senate confirmed the nominations of Kevin J. McIntyre and Richard A. Glick to join the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Thursday. The confirmations of McIntyre and Glick mark the first time...more

Energy & Sustainability Connections Newsletter - October 2017

by Mintz Levin on

Washington Update - Tax Reform - With the number of remaining 2017 legislative days dwindling, Capitol Hill remains fixed on tax reform as the next big push for the Republican majority, which is anxious for a...more

Energy Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

House Ways and Means Committee markup of H.R.1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” Date: Monday, Nov. 6, Noon - Place: 1100 Longworth Bldg....more

Energy Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on “Efficiency in Building Management and Control Systems.” Date: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. Place: 366 Dirksen Bldg....more

U.S. Supreme Court Considering Case with Major Implications for Western Water Rights

by Snell & Wilmer on

Several months ago, an earlier post in this blog described a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that recognized a federal reserved water right to groundwater [see Ninth Circuit Holds that Federal Reserved Water...more

Department of the Interior Announces Actions to Expedite Energy Development with Potential Consequences for Listed Species

by Nossaman LLP on

On October 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) released a report entitled “Review of the Department of the Interior Actions that Potentially Burden Domestic Energy” identifying agency actions that potentially...more

Lake Conway Point Remove Watershed Alliance Receives Arkansas Natural Resources Commission Grant: October 16th Arkansas Water...

The October 16th edition of the Arkansas Water Resources Center publication Arkansas Water Currents (“AWC”) notes that the Lake Conway Point Remove Watershed (“LCPRW”) Alliance (“Alliance”) received a $75,000 grant from the...more

Energy Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

House Science, Space and Technology Energy Subcommittee and Research and Technology Subcommittee joint hearing on “American Leadership in Quantum Technology.” Date: Tuesday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m....more

$13mm NRD Settlement in 2003 Oil Spill Illustrates Long Tail on OPA Natural Resource Damage Claims

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On October 17, 2017, the U.S. and the States of Rhode Island and Massachusetts lodged what was acknowledged as a “unique” settlement with a tug boat owner and operator for natural resource damages resulting from a 2003 marine...more

Energy & Sustainability Connections Newsletter - September 2017

by Mintz Levin on

Leaders in the News - Wayne Fueling Systems Launches Disaster Relief Initiatives - This month, we are excited to feature our client Wayne Fueling Systems, a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and...more

CFIUS’s Report and the Year Ahead for Foreign Natural Resource Investment

by Snell & Wilmer on

On September 21, 2017, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) issued a public version of its most recent classified annual report to Congress on covered transactions for CY 2015. CFIUS is the...more

Arkansas Natural Resources Commission Strategic Plan: FY2018 – FY2019

By: Walter G. Wright Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law Download PDF The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (“ANRC”) recently issued its Strategic Plan...more

Green Infrastructure/Water Quality: Beaver Watershed Alliance Announces Receipt of $500,000 Grant

The Beaver Watershed Alliance (“BWA”) issued a news release announcing its receipt of a $500,000 grant to build green infrastructure to improve water quality. - The grant was awarded by the Arkansas Natural Resources...more

Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Senate is not in session this week. They will return to session on Oct 16 - House Natural Resources — Subcommittee on Federal Lands hearing on H.R.219, the “Swan Lake Hydroelectric Project Boundary Correction Act”:...more

Arkansas Natural Resources Commission Solicitation: Projects, Programs, Initiatives and Activities Related to Water Quality...

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (“ANRC”) states that it is, in cooperation with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Public Policy Center, soliciting information: - . . . of Water Quality...more

Endangered Species Act Reform - Wolves, Dollars, Data

by Nossaman LLP on

In July we reported on five bills that propose to amend various aspects of the Endangered Species Act: - H.R. 2603 – would remove listings of non-native species; - H.R. 717 – would modify the process for listing...more

Watershed Protection/Flood Prevention Program: U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service Announces Local Watershed Grants...

The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (“NRCS”) announced in an October 4th news release plans to invest in what it describes as...more

Urban Mining Briefing Reveals Huge Global Potential

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Germany’s increasing shortage of natural resources and the corresponding mounting cost of extracting raw materials signals the need for alternative and innovative ways of collecting and recycling secondary raw...more

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