Log It or Lose It: New Economic Opportunities Open as the Forest Service Changes Its Management Tactics in Northern Arizona

by Farris Gillman, Lucas Narducci, and Patrick Paul Opportunity for business in Arizona is booming.  In a May 2019 ranking in Chief Executive Magazine, Arizona jumped to seventh best state to do business. Arizona is well known for its mineral … Continue reading

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UPS Wins Race to Become First FAA Certified Drone Airline Operator

By Patrick Paul On October 1, 2019, UPS and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that a UPS subsidiary, UPS Flight Forward Inc., received FAA approval under 14 CFR Part 135 to operate a drone airline.  This approval will … Continue reading

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Are Smart Grids Smart Enough to Prevent Cyber Attacks?

by Raymond Heyman As electric utilities move towards the implementation of smart grid software and hardware, an area of interest is potential exposure to cyber attacks. The electric grid generally refers to the network of transmission lines, substations, transformers and … Continue reading

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Federal Law to Prohibit Low Flying Drones Proposed

By Patrick Paul On October 16, 2019 Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah introduced the Drone Integration and Zoning Act, a bill designed to establish a regulatory framework for drones based on the principles of local governance and cooperative federalism.  … Continue reading

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Arizona’s Cultural Resource Review Process Is a Challenge for Public Land Industries

by Fred Breedlove Most businesses that work in a natural resource industry in Arizona are familiar with the requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (“NHPA”), and Arizona’s State Historic Preservation Act (“SHPA”).  There are two reasons for … Continue reading

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EPA Requiring AOC Signers to Surrender Federal Claims

by Mitchell J. Klein Reported to be at the direction of the Department of Justice, the EPA is now requiring that anyone willing to enter into an Administrative Order of Consent must first agree to surrender all claims against the … Continue reading

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Museum Fire Impact: $12M+ and That’s Just the Money!

by Patrick J. Paul The costs of Flagstaff’s July 2019 Museum Fire, fully contained as of August 15th and for which no cause has yet been determined, are now anticipated to exceed $13,000,000.  To date, the Coconino National Forest Service … Continue reading

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FAA to Limit Restrictions on Drone Use Near Federal Facilities

by Patrick J. Paul On August 29, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that it was working with other federal agencies to reduce the impact of flight restrictions imposed on drone operators flying in close proximity to certain federal facilities. In … Continue reading

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Idaho Finally Joins the EPA Primacy Party for Water Pollutant Discharge

by Andrew Hawes In 2014, what did Idaho, New Mexico, New Hampshire and Massachusetts have in common? Answer: the only states in the Union where pollutant discharge in waterways was overseen by the federal government (the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), … Continue reading

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Colorado River News is a Mixed Bag: Heavy Snowmelt Can’t Prevent “Tier Zero” Shortage

by Fred Breedlove Every year, Colorado River water users anxiously wait for the results of the Bureau of Reclamation’s (“BOR”) August 24-Month Study Report. While the report is updated and published monthly, the August report is particularly significant because it … Continue reading

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