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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Proposed Changes in the Electric Utility Industry Would Fan the Embers of Stranded Costs

by Raymond S. Heyman Initiatives at ballot boxes, legislatures and regulatory agencies in various states in 2018 are aimed at changing the electric utility industry.  Some seek a transition from fossil fuel reliance to renewable fuel dependence.  Others look to … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Divided Arizona Supreme Court Greenlights Major Development in Southern Arizona

by L. William Staudenmaier On August 9, 2018, the Arizona Supreme Court issued a decision with potentially important implications for future residential and commercial development in Arizona. In Silver v. Pueblo Del Sol Water Company, a divided court held that the … Continue reading

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