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Companies Must Reach Net Zero Emissions to Stay Relevant to Investors
ENSafrica, April 2021

The race to achieve net zero emissions has played a significant role in pushing forward the fight against climate change. Key stakeholders are becoming alive to the opportunity presented by a decarbonised economy and those who do not get on board now risk being left behind. What chrnet zero? Simply put, net zero is premised on attaining a balance between greenhouse gas emissions produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere...

Venezuelan Legal Context: Oil, Gas and Mining
LEGA Abogados, April 2021

We would like to present our publication entitled "Venezuelan Legal Context: Oil, Gas and Mining".  In it you will find 6 papers prepared by members of LEGA's Energy and Natural Resources practice area. With these papers we wish to contribute to the discussion of key aspects related to energy and natural resources issues in Venezuela...

The West is Burning: A Private Screening & Discussion
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, April 2021

Join Schwabe for an exclusive screening of The West Is Burning, followed by a panel discussion with the creators of the film. Schwabe Natural Resources attorneys Greg Fullem and Janna Davydova are excited to introduce you to the filmmakers of the documentary. After a private screening, there will be an opportunity to connect with the creators of the film, ask questions, and learn about what comes next for the forests that shape the landscape of the West Coast...

Australian Renewables Report 2021: Positive Outlook for Investing in Australian Renewables
MinterEllison, March 2021

What does 2021 hold for investors in Australian renewables? We ask 100 Australian and overseas investors in the renewable energy sector for their insights. We compare our findings today to those from 2019. This report explores the current trends shaping the Australian renewable energy market, in addition to the main drivers behind deals, opportunity sectors and challenges facing investors...

Environmental Development and Real Estate Issues in Texas Solar Projects Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2021

As competition for project siting increases, so do the challenges of development due diligence. This webinar will address significant issues and questions surrounding real estate contracts, title insurance, and environmental assessment and permitting common in solar PV project development. Bradley’s renewable energy attorneys will share advice and experience managing key development challenges and environmental compliance concerns presented by solar PV project development...

Court of Appeal Finds Overlying Correlative Rights Do Not Have to Share Equally in Water Shortages
Hanson Bridgett LLP, March 2021

(Antelope Valley Groundwater Cases, JCCP No. 4408 (3/16/21))[1] After twenty-two years, the protracted proceedings in the Antelope Valley groundwater adjudication resulted in a settlement and court-approved "physical solution." A physical solution equitably allocates available water under California's laws governing water rights. The physical solution in Antelope Valley limited pumping to balance the overdrafted aquifer with the available native safe yield...

Bulletin Real Time: Latest News
Brigard Urrutia, March 2021

Beginning of Stage 2 of the National Vaccination Plan The Colombian Ministry of Health and Social Protection (Minsiterio de Salud y Protección Social) declared the initiation of stage 2 of the National Vaccination Plan against COVID-19 for the population between 60 and 79 years of age. This does not mean that vaccination for those over 80 years of age will be stopped; these people will continue to be vaccinated without any interruption...

Daily Report: Main Legal News on Areas and Industries Covered by our Practice
Beccar Varela, March 2021

Competition & Antitrust Resolution No. 237/2021 of the Secretariat of Commerce: New prices information regime for companies (SIPRE) By Agustín Waisman and Mercedes Pando Through Resolution No...

Citizen Consultation Process on Amendment to the Regulations on Tailings Dams
Carey, March 2021

On March 4, 2021, Exempt Resolution No. 625 of the Ministry of Mining (“Res. No. 625”) was published in the Official Gazette. Res. No. 265 sets forth a citizen consultation process on the proposal to amend Supreme Decree No. 248 of 2007, which approved the Regulations on the Approval of Projects of Design, Construction, Operation and Closure of Tailings Dams (the “Regulations”)...

Supply Tender 2021/01: New Public Tender for the Supply of Energy and Power to Supply the Consumption for Regulated Clients is Launched
Carey, February 2021

Regarding the Public Tender Process for the supply of energy and power to distribution companies that will take place this year (“2021/01 Tender Process”), please consider the following: On December 21, 2020, the National Energy Commission (CNE) approved the definitive Tender Rules for this process (the "Rules"), by means of the Exempt Resolution No. 478...

Will the Romanian Offshore be the Expected Investment Driver for New Energy Projects?
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, February 2021

With the main goal of the EU being to cut CO2 emissions in order to become carbon neutral by 2050, offshore represents valuable “available space” for the development of clean energy projects. While in some cases offshore is already a crowded place, other offshore locations are still free of significant energy infrastructure. Therefore, planning ahead is more important than ever...

Mining Rounds Advances: ANM Publishes Draft of the ToR and the Minute
Brigard Urrutia, February 2021

The National Mining Agency published for comments: (i) the Draft Resolution by means of which it adopted the Terms of Reference for the selection of proposals for the award of Special Contracts for the Exploration and Exploitation of Minerals in Strategic Mining Reserve Areas; (ii) such terms of reference; and (iii) the special contract minute...

Murky Waters: Assessing EPA’s Draft Guidance on Groundwater Regulation After the Maui County Decision
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, February 2021

Late last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a draft guidance intended to assist regulated entities and permitting authorities in applying the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in County of Maui, Hawaii v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund, concerning Clean Water Act (“CWA”) jurisdiction over discharges to groundwater...

COVID-19: ANM Extends validity of Mineral titles and Suspension of Procedural and Material Deadlines until June 30, 2021
Veirano Advogados, January 2021

On January 22, 2021, the Federal Official Gazette published Resolution No. 55, by means of which the National Mining Agency (“ANM”) amends Resolutions No. 28/2020 and 46/2020, which deal with the suspension of deadlines of certain procedural and material acts under its competence, and the extension of the terms of mineral titles, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic...

Biden Administration Voices Strong Support for the Jones Act
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, January 2021

On January 25, 2021, President Biden signed the Ensuring the Future Is Made in All of America by All of America’s Workers (Made in America) Executive Order, which not only directs that federal government purchases and procurement go to American businesses and workers, but also calls out the Jones Act for specifically endorsing the nation’s vessels, ports, and merchant crews...

Vietnam: Update on Rooftop Solar Power Policy (As of 22 January 2021)
DFDL, January 2021

Decision No. 13/2020/QD-TTg issued by the Prime Minister of Vietnam on encouraging mechanisms for solar power development in Vietnam, dated 6 April 2020 (“Decision 13”) prescribed feed-in tariffs which expired on 31 December 2020...

Chilean National Geology and Mining Service Updates Closure Plans and Audit Programs for 2021
Carey, January 2021

The National Geology and Mining Service (the "SNGM") has issued exempt resolution No. 69/2021 (the "Resolution"), which establishes the program of updates and periodical audits of closure plans to which the companies listed there must comply within the 2021 calendar year. Closure Plans Law No...

The ANH Modified CEPI Selection Process through Addenda No. 4 and 5
Brigard Urrutia, January 2021

In recent days, the National Agency of Hydrocarbons ("ANH") published Addendum No. 4 and Addendum No. 5 to the CEPI Selection Process. Addendum No...

NEPA in the Ninth Circuit: A Rare Look at Impacts to Redwood Forests and "Downstream" Carbon Emissions
Hanson Bridgett LLP, December 2020

Key Points In a rare move, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals published two opinions about subjects that are hardly ever discussed in the court's published National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) decisions. For the first time in more than three decades, the court examined impacts to an old-growth redwood forest, and for the first time since 2016, the court examined indirect (downstream) carbon emissions. In Bair v...

Brief Introduction to Indonesia’s Job Creation / Omnibus Law on Broadening of the Investment Ecosystem and Business Activities, the Ease of Doing Business and Acceleration of National Strategic Projects Oriented Towards National Interests
Makarim & Taira S., December 2020

Law No. 11 of 2020 on Job Creation (the “Job Creation Law” or known as the Omnibus Law) was issued and came into effect on 2 November 2020. It is mainly based on the principles of the equalization of rights, legal certainty, greater ease of doing business, togetherness, and independence...

Government Launches Long-Awaited Energy White Paper
Shoosmiths LLP, December 2020

The government has launched its long-awaited Energy White Paper, expanding on the government’s 10-point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution. The Energy White Paper commits to the creation and support of up to 220,000 jobs over the next decade, ranging from jobs in major power generation, carbon capture storage and hydrogen projects supported by a new £240 million net zero Hydrogen Fund, to the retrofit of homes and buildings for greater energy efficiency...

COVID-19: ANM Clarifies Suspension of Material and Procedural Terms, Including the Validity of Mining Titles - Resolution ANM No. 50
Veirano Advogados, November 2020

On November 27, 2020, the Federal Official Gazette published Resolution No. 50, by means of which the National Mining Agency (“ANM”) amends Resolution No. 46/2020, which suspended the deadlines of certain procedural and material acts and the extension of mining titles. According to the new wording, the period of certain procedural and material acts as well as the tacit approval by the Agency is suspended from March 20, 2020 to December 31, 2020...

Environment, Trade: British Government Aims to Forbid Imports of Commodities from Deforested Areas
Veirano Advogados, November 2020

British Government aims to forbid import of commodities from deforested areas as a consequence of international discussions focused on ESG. In 2019, the British Government hired the independent consultancy 'Global Resource Initiative' ("GRI") to evaluate actions to ensure a more sustainable economy for the United Kingdom...

October 2020 Nickel Report Post Summary
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, November 2020

This alert provides links to the latest insights and commentary on key energy and environmental issues from the Hunton Andrews Kurth team. Links to our most recent posts on the Nickel Report Blog for this month are below. Please subscribe to receive alerts when new posts are published by visiting our blog and entering your email address in the subscribe field or by following us on Twitter.  For current Covid-19 related news updates please read more here...

Round and Round Florida (and Georgia) Go: An Update on the Florida-Georgia Water Wars
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, November 2020

For most of the last three decades, Florida, Georgia, and Alabama have waged a multifront water war, filing cases in federal courts across the United States. This war, and these cases, turn on apportionment of two river basins: the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin and the Alabama-Coosa- Tallapoosa (ACT) River Basin. At the heart of this legal tug of war lie competing uses—and visions—for the basins...

 

 

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