The Utah Legislature Chooses “All of the Above” for a Reliable Electric Grid

by Denise A. Dragoo During the recent General Session, the Utah Legislature enacted several major energy bills which confirm the State’s continued investment in, and support of, both conventional and renewable energy sources. The Legislature consistently chose to promote “all … Continue reading

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Changes Coming Soon to a Due Diligence Project Near You!

by Michael C. Ford Changes are on the way for ASTM’s Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (“Phase I”) standard, the almost 30-year-old lynchpin of the transactional due diligence process.  The American Society for Testing and Materials (“ASTM”) – the group … Continue reading

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LA County to Adopt Green Zone Ordinance, Environmental Justice Initiative

by Sean M. Sherlock Environmental justice is a principle that has been around since at least the 1990s, with roots back to the 1960s. The US EPA describes environmental justice as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people … Continue reading

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Who Will Climate Change Advocates Begin Suing Next?

by Mitchell J. Klein As most people are aware, various public and private entities have filed lawsuits against fossil fuel producers alleging a variety of claims that seek to enjoin behavior and obtain damages as a result of the defendants’ … Continue reading

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Arizona Natural Resources, Environment & Water Legislation Transmitted to the Governor

by Amanda A. Reeve The Arizona’s First Regular Session of the 55th Legislature has been moving along at a pretty fast and steady pace. A total of 40 bills have already been sent to the Governor’s desk; and 32 of … 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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FERC Begins to Flex its Jurisdictional Muscles on Carbon Pricing

By Kelly A. Daly Yesterday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) weighed-in on the important role that carbon pricing, associated with state initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, could have on the nation’s electric market.  Not surprisingly, as the governmental … Continue reading

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In California the Housing Crisis Yields to Luxury Spas

by Sean M. Sherlock A recent court of appeal opinion out of San Diego demonstrates how the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) has once again been used to impede housing development—this time to the benefit of a high-end luxury spa. … Continue reading

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