Can Trump EPA Administrator Pruitt Survive?

by Patrick J. Paul With midterm elections looming, the prospects of a blue wave strengthening, and a consistent shuffling of the Trump cabinet, former Oklahoma Attorney General and current EPA administrator Scott Pruitt now finds himself in the hot seat. … Continue reading

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Arizona Governor Doug Ducey Signs Legislation to Eliminate ‘Chevron Deference’

By Chris Colyer On April 11, 2018, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2238, which eliminates the judicial doctrine commonly known as “Chevron deference.” One of the most well-known doctrines of administrative law, “Chevron deference” is named after the … Continue reading

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Reauthorization of Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act Offers Opportunities for Federal Land Users, Conservation

by John W. Andrews Buried deep inside the recently passed Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, legislation reviving the formerly expired Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA) offers opportunities for potential purchasers of federal public lands, while also creating a source … Continue reading

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Albuquerque Town Hall Scheduled to Discuss Oil and Gas Drilling

by Jason B. Brinkley For the second year in a row, New Mexico has surpassed its previous record for oil and gas production. The uptick in operations means increased jobs, a boost to the state’s economy and the availability of … Continue reading

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Congress Denies Trump’s Request to Slash EPA’s Budget

by Megan H. Tracy Back in February, the White House released its proposed budget for 2018.  Among other things, the President’s budget sought to cut EPA’s budget by $2.5 billion, or over 23 percent.  Targets of the proposed cuts included: climate … Continue reading

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2018 Utah Legislative Session Provides Support for Rural Jobs, Mining and Natural Resource Infrastructure Development

by Denise Dragoo (The following article appears in The Enterprise – Utah’s Business Journal) In his 2017 State of the State address, Gov. Gary R. Herbert challenged Utah businesses to create 25,000 jobs in 25 rural counties throughout Utah over … Continue reading

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Arizona Corporation Commission Adopts Milestone Code of Ethics, Including a Lobbyist Registration Requirement

by Michael W. Patten After a year of development, including workshops and public input, the Arizona Corporation Commission has adopted its first Code of Ethics. The Commission believes that its new Code is the most comprehensive in the country for … Continue reading

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What happened to all the big changes at Trump’s EPA?

By Mitch Klein Following the presidential election, much was made of the enormous changes that the new president intended to make at the EPA, and his choice for Director, Scott Pruitt, resulted in heated opposition and a frenzied uproar from … Continue reading

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The Arizona Corporation Commission’s Landmark Proposed Energy Modernization Plan

by Raymond S. Heyman On January 30, 2018, Commissioner Andy Tobin submitted an expansive Proposed Energy Modernization Plan in Arizona Corporation Commission, Docket No. E-00000Q-16-0289. This docket, the “Review, Modernization and Expansion of the Arizona Renewable Energy Standards and Tariff … Continue reading

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COGCC Issues New Rules on Flowline Disclosure

By Frances Folin With the booming population in Colorado, more and more people have found themselves moving closer to oil and gas operations. This has had some grave consequences in recent times, but the industry has been quick to respond … Continue reading

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