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Here's the Deal: Oil and Gas Industry Already Facing Challenges From Biden Administration

Canada, USA - January 19 2021 Before even being sworn in as the next President of the United States, President-elect Joe Biden is reaffirming campaign promises to adopt a stronger…

Trump Track: Army Corps of Engineers Reissues and Modifies Nationwide Permits

USA - January 14 2021 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has just finalized its rule reissuing and modifying a dozen existing Nationwide Permits (NWPs), issuing four new…

Here's the Deal: New Directions in Environmental Enforcement Under Biden?

USA - January 12 2021 On December 23, 2020, the federal government published its inflation-adjusted civil penalties for a variety of environmental statutes, including the…

Oregon PUC Kicks-Off Utility Wildfire Mitigation Rulemaking

USA - December 14 2020 Last week, the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) held the first of multiple stakeholder workshops to kick-off a new rulemaking intended to…

What Would You Do With the (Maybe Not So) Pleasant Creek Natural Gas Storage Field?

USA - December 8 2020 PG&E has announced that it will sell its Pleasant Creek natural gas storage field, has retained an investment banker, and is now publicly soliciting…

Oregon Supreme Court Rejects Expansion of Public Trust Doctrine in Climate Change Lawsuit

USA - December 2 2020 In Chernaik v. Brown, the Oregon Supreme Court rejected claims by Young climate activists that the public trust doctrine compelled government action…

The CPUC Needs to Address Emergency Reliability for Summer 2021, but It May Not Have Time

USA - December 1 2020 Can a new rulemaking initiated in November 2020 address summer 2021 shortages? The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) seems to think so…

Oregon OSHA Aims to Finalize Temporary Rule for COVID-19 the Week of November 2nd

USA - October 26 2020 On Friday, October 23, 2020, Oregon OSHA issued the fourth draft of a new temporary infectious disease rule applicable to all workplaces in the state…

FERC Opens the Door to Carbon Pricing in Wholesale Electricity Markets

USA - October 23 2020 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently took steps to encourage regions to incorporate state carbon pricing policies into wholesale…

An Uncommon Dialogue: All We Are Saying Is "Give Peace a Chance"

USA - October 22 2020 Those of a certain age will remember this plaintive, kumbaya-seeking line from John Lennon's Vietnam War protest song. Naïve, perhaps, but an…