South Coast Air Quality Management District to Regulate Distribution Warehouses, Part 2

by Sean M. Sherlock The South Coast Air Quality Management District (“SCAQMD”) is pursuing a new rule to regulate distribution warehouses. The SCAQMD’s focus is not on emissions generated by the warehouses or their equipment. Rather, its focus is on … Continue reading

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Polar Vortex Highlights Problems with Texas Isolationist Model and Need for National Electric Grid

by Kelly A. Daly Following a week of extremely cold temperatures which caused millions of Texans to be without power, in some cases for longer than three days, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced that it will be conducting … Continue reading

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Meet Biden’s Natural Resource Team

By Patrick J. Paul Consistent with his campaign promises to establish a diverse cabinet and leadership team, representative of both the national community and his own philosophy on environmental, energy and climate change issues, President Biden’s natural resource leadership team … Continue reading

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Biden and the Environment: the First Three Weeks

By Patrick J. Paul Three weeks into the administration of President Biden and Vice-President Harris, early indications suggest a commitment to maintaining campaign promises with respect to numerous energy and environmental-related issues including climate change and environmental justice. On Inauguration … Continue reading

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Colorado Announces GHG Reduction Road Map

By Patrick J. Paul On January 14, 2021, Colorado published its Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Roadmap, representing the most substantive planning process the state has ever undertaken on climate leadership, pollution reduction and clean energy transition. The Roadmap is a testament to … Continue reading

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FAA Approves Fully Automated Commercial Drone Flights

By Patrick J. Paul On January 14, the Federal Aviation Administration approved the first fully automated commercial drone flights by granting Massachusetts-based American Robotics, Inc. permission to operate drones without hands-on piloting and “beyond-visual-line-of-site” (BVLOS) through January 31, 2023. Weighing … Continue reading

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Corps Announces Changes to Clean Water Act Permit Program

by Patrick J. Paul On January 13, 2021, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announced revisions to its Nationwide Permit (NWP) Program under the Clean Water Act.  The final rule reissues 12 existing NWPs and creates four new NWPs. Major … Continue reading

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Who Owns Pore Space for Geologic Carbon Sequestration? Renewed Focus on Carbon Capture and Storage Likely to Bring Ownership Uncertainties on Western Split-Estate Lands Back into the Picture

by John W. Andrews The omnibus appropriations legislation passed by Congress in December 2020 contained notable bipartisan energy initiatives, including extension of tax incentives for renewable energy development, energy efficiency, and energy storage.  In light of Congress’ strong interest in … Continue reading

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Friend or Foe Drones: FAA to Require Remote ID “Digital License Plate”

by Kelly A. Daly On December 28, 2020, the FAA released the Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft Final Rule. This long-awaited Remote ID rule, identified as the next incremental step to integrating drones into the National Airspace System, requires the broadcasting … Continue reading

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Arizona Governor Doug Ducey Funds Wastewater Study to Stop Pandemic Spread

by Patrick J. Paul As the page is turned on 2020 and some hope exists with respect to a COVID-19 vaccine, Arizona finds itself with the dubious distinction of leading the nation in COVID-19 cases per 100,000.  Against this regrettable … Continue reading

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