Senate and House Tax Bills Provide Support For Oil And Gas Industry

by Adam A. Veltri The tax reform bills that passed the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives may provide a windfall of potential tax benefits and breaks for some oil and gas infrastructure developers and operators. In addition to lowering … Continue reading

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Western Governors Determined To Strengthen Relationships Under Trump Administration

by Amanda Reeve The Western Governors’ Association (“WGA”) convened for its 2017 Winter Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona on December 1-2 to discuss western policy and announce its Policy Resolutions for 2018.  While discussions focused on workforce development, natural resources management, … Continue reading

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EPA Reverses Course; Declines to Impose CERCLA Financial Responsibility Rules on the Hardrock Mining Industry

by John D. Burnside In a stunning change of course, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced on December 1, 2017, that it would not issue final regulations imposing financial responsibility requirements on hardrock mining operations to fund the estimated … Continue reading

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Trump Announces Drone Integration Pilot Program

by Patrick J. Paul On October 25, President Trump issued a memorandum directing Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao to launch an initiative to safely test and validate advanced operations for drones in partnership with state and local governments in … Continue reading

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ADEQ Considers Seeking Primacy for the Clean Water Act 404 and Safe Drinking Water Act Underground Injection Control Programs

By Michael Ford On Monday, December 4, 2017, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Water Quality Division, kicked off a stakeholder process to discuss the potential for the state to seek primacy for two water-related regulatory programs: the Clean Water Act … Continue reading

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Local Drone Law Preempted

by Patrick J. Paul On September 21, 2017, in what is believed to be the first federal court ruling on the issue of local drone regulation, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in Singer v. City … Continue reading

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Second Annual Arizona Drone Summit Held in Mesa

by Patrick J. Paul Earlier this month in collaboration with the Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation, Arizona UAS Magazine produced and organized Arizona’s second annual Arizona UAS Summit & Expo at the Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West in Mesa. … Continue reading

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Snell & Wilmer Attorney Mike Ford to be Keynote Speaker at Southern Arizona Environmental Management Society’s 30th Anniversary Celebration

Snell & Wilmer attorney Mike Ford will be the keynote speaker at the Southern Arizona Environmental Management Society Inc.’s 30th Anniversary Evening Mixer Celebration on November 29, 2017.  SAEMS promotes awareness, education, and understanding of environmental issues, and provides a … Continue reading

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Upcoming Video Webcast: Shielding Clients from Environmental Liabilities

Snell & Wilmer attorney Mike Ford will be speaking on “Shielding Clients from Environmental Liabilities” in the upcoming video webcast “Limiting Liability for Real Estate Sales and Purchases,” presented by the National Business Institute on December 7, 2017.  Here is a … Continue reading

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Up to the Minute Synopsis of Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Developments

by Michael C. Ford Keeping track of the ongoing administrative and judicial developments on the issue of Clean Water Act jurisdiction has become almost as complex as trying to make a jurisdictional determination itself. Here is a handy synopsis of … Continue reading

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