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Climate Change Debate Rages On

by Patrick J. Paul With 2019 just around the corner, recent historic hurricane and fire damage and Democratic mid-term election gains in the House and across many states will cause climate change impacts, policy and legislation to take center stage, notwithstanding the Trump administration’s doubts. For example, On November 27,  a bipartisan bill, H.R. 7173 […]

Midterm Election Impacts on Electric Power Industry

by Matt Derstine Aside from deciding high profile Senate, House and governor races across the country, the midterm elections impacted a variety of electric power industry issues at the state and federal level. State Midterm Elections Mixed results on ballot initiatives to increase renewable energy mandates. Arizona and Nevada voters were presented with virtually identical […]


Voter Initiatives to Limit Mineral Development in Western States Fail

by John W. Andrews Voters in several western states on November 6th defeated citizen-initiated ballot initiatives that would have heavily regulated mineral and energy development.  The highest profile failed initiative was Colorado’s Proposition 112, which would have prohibited new oil and gas drilling within 2500 feet of any structure in the state, or within the […]

Supreme Court Declines to Review Decision Preventing New Uranium Mines Near Grand Canyon

by Farris J. Gillman On October 1st, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in a case that could have reopened an area of Arizona located north of the Grand Canyon and south of Utah, known as the Arizona Strip, to new mines, including uranium mines. Denying review, […]

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Welcome Reforms in Federal Coal Leasing, Permitting and NEPA Streamlining

by Denise A. Dragoo The Utah coal industry has benefited from recent reforms in federal coal leasing, permitting and streamlining of environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”).  During the previous administration, applications to lease millions of tons of federal coal reserves encountered significant delays in NEPA review and were ultimately halted by […]

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Arizona’s One-On-One with Two U.S. EPA Administrators

by Amanda A. Reeve The Arizona Manufacturers Council (“AMC”) held its annual Environmental and Sustainability Summit (“ESS”) last month in Prescott with the best agenda, speakers, and attendance this event has had in recent years. Not that the AMC ESS and been lackluster in previous years; but this year’s event benefited from a specially-developed program […]

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Battle of the Ballot Initiatives

by Frances Folin On August 28, 2018, the Colorado Secretary of State certified the signatures collected for Initiative 108. The following day, the Colorado Secretary of State certified the signatures collected for Initiative 97.  The certifications pave the way for what is sure to be an extra hot midterm election in Colorado, pitting oil and […]

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Ballot Initiatives Make it to Colorado Secretary of State’s Office

by Frances Folin Earlier this month, proponents of competing ballot initiatives affecting oil and gas exploration and development made their way to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office. Certification by the Secretary of State that proponents have obtained the required 98,492 valid signatures is the final step to getting the initiatives on this November’s ballot. […]

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Epic WOTUS Thriller for your Summer Reading List

by Michael C. Ford There’s yet more breaking news on the Trump administration’s efforts to clarify the scope of the federal government’s Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction. On June 29, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) released a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to “clarify, supplement and seek […]

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In Colorado, Ballot Initiatives Are Back in Full Force

by Frances Folin As primary season for midterm elections gets underway, so too does canvasser season. In Colorado alone, canvassers are out in full force and looking to get enough voter signatures for a number of different initiative statutes and constitutional amendments concerning energy, property rights, and fracking.  The Colorado initiatives and amendments are varied, […]

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