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2017 Archive – Energy News Alerts

January 2017

  • Obama Administration Makes its Mark in Species Conservation Through Last-Minute Policies – view
  • Colorado Court Upholds Victory for Operator – view
  • EPA Settles Suit Concerning Fracking Waste Regulations Before Trump Takes Office – view

Special Edition

  • The Final Fury:  A User’s Guide to Last-Minute Regulations and Policies – view
  • Migratory Bird Treaty Act Solicitor’s Opinion Ignores Federal Court Decisions in Order to Support Broad Enforcement for Incidental Take – view
  • Interior Rejects North Dakota’s Mineral Ownership Claims under the Missouri River – view
  • BLM Justifies Mitigation Requirements on Federal Land Through Solicitor’s Opinion – view
  • Fish and Wildlife Service Issues Policy Regarding Voluntary Prelisting Conservation Actions – view

Client Alert

  • Colorado Attorney General Threatens Legal Action against Boulder County’s Moratorium on Oil and Gas Development – view

February 2017

  • State of Colorado Sues Boulder County and the Boulder Board of County Commissioners over Boulder’s Perpetual Temporary Moratorium on Oil and Gas Development – view
  • COGCC Transitions from Random Selection to Targeted Criteria for 2017 Flowline Audits – view

Client Alert

  • Court of Appeals Upends COGCC’s Balancing Test – view
  • EPA Withdraws Oil and Gas Industry Information Collection Request – view

March 2017

  • Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should: Regulations Closer to Being Undone With Congressional Review Act – view

April 2017

  • Regulatory Relief is on the Way – Secretary Zinke Orders Review of Actions That Burden the Energy Industry – view
  • North Dakota Legislature Pursues Bill to End Row Over Missouri River Bed Mineral Ownership Outside FBIR and SRIR – view

May 2017

  • Client Alert: COGCC Issues a Notice to Operators regarding Flowlines or Pipelines following Firestone Investigation – view
  • Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs’ Guidance on Implementation of Trump’s Executive Order 13783 “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” Reveals Opportunity for Industry Input – view
  • Colorado Legislative Roundup – view

June 2017

  • To Flare or Not to Flare in North Dakota:  BLM’s Revised Environmental Assessment/ Decision Record Targets Flaring Mitigation at New Facilities – view
  • County Assessor’s Retroactive Property Tax Assessment against Kinder Morgan Upheld – view
  • Trump Administration Hits Pause on Obama’s Methane Reduction Charge – view
  • Colorado Supreme Court Confirms Death of the 2017 Severance Tax Ballot Initiative – view

July 2017

  • Update: Flowline Notice to Operators – view
  • Reducing the Backlog: Secretary Zinke Orders Department of the Interior to Identify Ways to Improve the Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Program – view
  • EPA Delays 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards Area Designations – view

Client Alert – September 19, 2017

  • Commission Orders No Payment Due to ORRIs During Cost Recovery Period – view

Client Alert – October 31, 2017

  • COGCC Approves Large Fines for Ongoing Environmental Harm – view

November 2017

  • Jury finds election to participate letter & AFE are a binding contract without a JOA – view
  • An Inadvertent Mistake in the Overvaluation of Oil and Gas Property by the Operator is Not the End of the Line – view
  • Mitigating the Impacts of the Obama Administration Mitigation Policy: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Seeks Comments on 2016 Policy – view