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Pipeline Opponents Face High Legal Hurdles Challenging Trump

Pipeline Opponents Face High Legal Hurdles Challenging Trump

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Reuters is reporting that opponents of two controversial oil pipelines face an uphill battle if they fight construction of the lines.

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Texas Supreme Court Rules Pipeline Can Take Land by Eminent Domain

Texas Supreme Court Rules Pipeline Can Take Land by Eminent Domain

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Typically, the power of eminent domain is granted to governmental entities rather than private institutions. Under Texas law, however, a common carrier has the right and power of eminent domain, according to Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

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Utility-Scale Battery Storage Systems: Legal Issues and Opportunities

Utility-Scale Battery Storage Systems: Legal Issues and Opportunities

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Utility-scale battery storage projects present land use, permitting and environmental and health and safety issues, according to an article published by Farella Braun + Martell LLP.

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Are We Dialing Down Nuclear Power at Precisely the Wrong Time?

Are We Dialing Down Nuclear Power at Precisely the Wrong Time?

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Nuclear plants are disappearing at a faster rate than the EPA forecasted due to a variety of economic, regulatory and political factors, according to an article published by FTI Consulting Inc.

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AG Depositions in Climate Change Probe Called ‘Highly Unusual’

AG Depositions in Climate Change Probe Called ‘Highly Unusual’

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A federal judge in Dallas has ordered the attorneys general of two Northeastern states to come to Texas next month to be deposed in a lawsuit brought by Exxon Mobil, according to a report posted by Androvett Legal Media & Marketing.

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Energy Outlook: Platts U.S. Election Webinar

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S&P Global Platts has posted an on-demand webinar taking a look at the potential impact the recent presidential election could have on petroleum, natural gas, power and metals.

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Class-Action Attorneys Awarded $555.2 Million for Work in BP Suits

Class-Action Attorneys Awarded $555.2 Million for Work in BP Suits

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U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier pointed out that award represents about 4.3 percent of the estimated $13 billion that BP is expected to pay under the ongoing settlements, reports The Times-Picayune.

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Folksy SC Lawyer Stares Down Duke Energy, Other Utility Giants

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Frank Holleman never thought he’d become a nationally recognized authority on coal ash, a toxin-riddled waste that has power companies under scrutiny across the country, but five years after taking a job with a regional conservation group, Holleman is perhaps the one person utilities hate to see coming, writes Sammy Fretwell for The State of Columbia, S.C.

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Freeborn Launches Environmental Law & Toxic Torts Practice Group

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Environmental lawyer Philip Comella has joined Freeborn & Peters LLP to head the firm’s newly formed Environmental Law & Toxic Torts Practice Group. He previously worked in-house for a major waste-management company and 22 years at a large law firm.

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Law Profs Issue Takedown of Decision Striking Fracking Rule

Law Profs Issue Takedown of Decision Striking Fracking Rule

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The 36 professors take issue with the lower court’s interpretation of the Safe Drinking Water Act, as amended by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, writes E&E Publishing reporter Ellen M. Gilmer.

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Supreme Court’s Environmental and Administrative Law Decisions in 2015-2016 Term

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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has posted a client advisory reporting on some of the significant U.S. Supreme Court actions from January through June 2016 related to environmental and administrative law.

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Nuclear Waste Policy: Defining the Problem, Searching for Solutions

Nuclear Waste Policy: Defining the Problem, Searching for Solutions

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The Council of State Governments has posted a two-part series of on-demand webinars exploring the status of nuclear waste management in the United States

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Chevron’s Pollution Victory Opens Door for Companies to Shirk Foreign Verdicts

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Corporations seeking to avoid enforcement of foreign judgments they contend are based on corrupt proceedings may have a new weapon now, thanks to a ruling by a federal appeals court over Chevron’s long-running Ecuadorian pollution litigation, reports BloombergBusinessWeek.

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Managing Catastrophic Events: What to Expect With Incident Investigation Reports

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Norton Rose Fulbright has posted an on-demand video from a recent webinar that discusses best responses for companies dealing with sudden catastrophic events.

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A.M. Best Webinar Examines Legal, Insurance Ramifications of Lead Injuries

Event, August 3, 2 p.m. EDT
A panel of legal and insurance professionals will discuss the sources of lead injury claims, developing liability issues and the industry impact of lead-based claims.

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Report: VW to Pay About $10.2B to Settle Emissions Claims

Report: VW to Pay About $10.2B to Settle Emissions Claims

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USA Today is reporting that German automaker Volkswagen Group is expected to deliver a $10 billion settlement to cover government fines and compensate owners of vehicles fitted with software that cheated emissions standards.

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Could $200 Billion Tobacco-Type Settlement Be Coming Over ‘Climate Change?’

Could $200 Billion Tobacco-Type Settlement Be Coming Over ‘Climate Change?’

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Seventeen state attorneys general are investigating whether fossil fuel companies mislead investors in public disclosures about the risks associated with climate change, reports Bloomberg.

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New Judge, Same Result – $81 Million CWA Civil Penalty Appealed

New Judge, Same Result – $81 Million CWA Civil Penalty Appealed

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The Fifth Circuit’s response to CITGO’s second appeal may provide guidance on whether these types of judgments could be a trend in future Clean Water Act enforcement actions.

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Judge: Substantial Progress in Volkswagen Emissions Talks

Judge: Substantial Progress in Volkswagen Emissions Talks

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The Associated Press is reporting that Volkswagen and attorneys for vehicle owners affected by the company’s emissions cheating scandal are on target to meet a June deadline for a final settlement proposal, a federal judge said Tuesday.

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Agreement to Arbitrate May Not Require a Written Contract

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From two different courts in two different states on two very different claims come the same concept: an agreement to arbitrate may be binding even without a signed contract, according to a report by Stan Martin on the Commonsense Construction Law website.

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