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On June 9, 2017, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement issued a direct final rule that extends the amount of time a lessee or operator is given to resume operations or to seek a...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently issued orders in two similar proceedings in which interstate natural gas pipelines asked the court to order state or local...

The innovative land deal will turn the “most controversial block in Seattle” into a community-owned property that will provide affordable housing, a community gathering space, and room for local...

Van Ness Feldman received high praise in the newly released Chambers USA 2017 rankings with 17 attorneys recognized as "Leaders in Their Field."

Jordan Smith Examines the Role of the Endangered Species Act in Today's Society.
The Senate confirmed Neil Chatterjee and Robert F. Powelson as FERC Commissioners on August 4. President Trump named Chatterjee as Chairman, and with the swearing in of Chatterjee on August 8...
Van Ness Feldman is pleased to announce that this year thirty-two lawyers from the firm have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.
On August 8, 2017, a Delaware Chancery Judge ruled that investors in Plains All American Pipeline LP ("Plains") are entitled to review the company's books and records following a 2015 oil spill...
On August 4, 2017, the Department of the Interior ("DOI") announced that it was repealing a 2016 final rule ("2017 Valuation Rule") that sought to reform the Federal government's approach to...
Drue Pearce named PHMSA Deputy Administrator. PHMSA Rulemakings Update. GAO releases report recommending modifications to PHMSA's use of data in establishing and validating inspection...
Hunter Cox examines Native American sovereignty issues in the latest American Indian Law Journal.
Van Ness Feldman is home to the premier hydropower law practice in the United States and to one of the largest and most experienced teams of attorneys available.
NERC submitted to FERC a Remote Access Study Report, assessing three areas: (1) the effectiveness of the controls in the CIP Reliability Standards to mitigate known remote access vulnerabilities
Northwest Land Matters provides insights and discussion on the latest developments, industry news, and legislation affecting the land use, real estate, and environmental industries in the...
Nancy McNally Has Been Named Managing Principal of the Washington, DC Office.
Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming, former Chief of Staff to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, will be joining the firm as a partner in Washington, DC.

Alerts

On August 8, 2017, a Delaware Chancery Judge ruled that investors in Plains All American Pipeline LP ("Plains") are entitled to review the company's books and records following a 2015 oil spill...
On August 4, 2017, the Department of the Interior ("DOI") announced that it was repealing a 2016 final rule ("2017 Valuation Rule") that sought to reform the Federal government's approach to...
In the wake of the Trump Administration's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, a number of governors and mayors have pledged to come forward with ambitious climate policies and programs. ...
On June 27, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers ("Agencies") unveiled a proposed rule that would rescind the definition of the term "waters of the...
On July 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a decision in NRG Power Marketing, LLC v. FERC, finding that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission exceeded...
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently issued orders in two similar proceedings in which interstate natural gas pipelines asked the court to order state or local...

Updates

The Senate confirmed Neil Chatterjee and Robert F. Powelson as FERC Commissioners on August 4. President Trump named Chatterjee as Chairman, and with the swearing in of Chatterjee on August 8...
Drue Pearce named PHMSA Deputy Administrator. PHMSA Rulemakings Update. GAO releases report recommending modifications to PHMSA's use of data in establishing and validating inspection...
Van Ness Feldman is home to the premier hydropower law practice in the United States and to one of the largest and most experienced teams of attorneys available.
NERC submitted to FERC a Remote Access Study Report, assessing three areas: (1) the effectiveness of the controls in the CIP Reliability Standards to mitigate known remote access vulnerabilities
Northwest Land Matters provides insights and discussion on the latest developments, industry news, and legislation affecting the land use, real estate, and environmental industries in the...
PHMSA extends deadline for submitting 2016 annual report for underground natural gas storage facilities. DOT's Office of Inspector General initiates audit of PHMSA's Pipeline Safety R&D...
Jordan Smith Examines the Role of the Endangered Species Act in Today's Society.
Hunter Cox examines Native American sovereignty issues in the latest American Indian Law Journal.
Van Ness Feldman partners Bob Christin, Paul Korman, and Michael Pincus were published in the most recent edition of the Energy Law Journal.
Van Ness Feldman's Chuck Sensiba and Sharon White discuss new opportunities for hydropower development under FERC and the current administration.
On January 25, 2017, the Growth Management Hearings Board (GMHB) issued a decision overturning a Snohomish County sewer plan amendment, related to the ongoing controversy surrounding a proposed...
Van Ness Feldman's Chuck Sensiba and Sharon White discuss the EPA's Water Transfer Rule in a featured article in The Water Report.
John Buchovecky, Matt Love and Darsh Singh have authored an overview on geothermal regulations in the United States.
During a routine daily inspection on October 23, 2015, Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) employees discovered a gas leak at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility located in the...
David Yaffe Explores the Implications of Recent Supreme Court decisions and State Efforts to Address the Changing Electric Regulatory Landscape.
Michael Pincus explores the rise in legal challenges in relation to natural gas infrastructure development.
Mike Swiger, John Clements and Sharon White examine expedited trial-type hearings in relation to the hydroelectric licensing process.
Senator Mary Landrieu explores what 2016 may hold for energy legislation.

News

Van Ness Feldman is pleased to announce that this year thirty-two lawyers from the firm have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.
Nancy McNally Has Been Named Managing Principal of the Washington, DC Office.
Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming, former Chief of Staff to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, will be joining the firm as a partner in Washington, DC.
For the sixth year in a row, The Legal 500 United States, 2017, recognized Van Ness Feldman as a national leader in Energy Regulatory law.
What does the Trump regulatory reform agenda mean for energy companies? In an article co-authored with Sarah Ladislaw of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Van Ness Feldman...
Van Ness Feldman receives high praise in Chambers USA 2017

Events

Four Van Ness Feldman Attorneys will be featured speakers at HydroVision International this year.
Van Ness Fedlman's Malcolm McLellan is presenting at the annual Mid-C Seminar.
Van Ness Feldman's Tadas Kisielius is speaking on recent developments in port management.
Van Ness Feldman's Malcolm McLellan is serving as the Program Co-Chair, and Richard Agnew will be presenting on, "The Trump Administration, New Congress and Energy."
Van Ness Feldman's Molly Lawrence and Tadas Kisielius are presenting at the annual ELUL Section Midyear Conference.
Van Ness Feldman's Mona Tandon and Michael Pincus are speaking in this year's EBA Annual Meeting & Conference.
The United States Marine Corps has a requirement to conduct research and development on the next generation capability of Improved Solar Panels. These panels will be to support current and...
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) invites bioenergy producers to purchase sugar from CCC. The use of sugar sold by CCC to bioenergy producers is restricted to the production of biofuel...
This Notice solicits applications for allocations of the available amount of national bond volume limitation authority (volume cap) for tribal economic development bonds (Tribal Economic...
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a requirement to procure services that require a range of research skills, which could be called into use to plan, conduct, and...
The AID Demonstration provides funding as an incentive for eligible entities to accelerate the implementation and adoption of innovation in highway transportation. The FHWA will provide AID...
The Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) and Research Opportunity Awards (ROA) funding opportunities support research by faculty members at predominantly undergraduate institutions...
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a request for proposals for on-site solar renewable electricity at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama.  The Redstone Arsenal project is a 25-year Power...
The Defense Logistics Agency- Energy will accept offers for the annual delivery of a minimum of 250 GWh of renewable energy and all associated Environmental Attributes consisting of a...
The Department of Veterans Affairs Program Contracting Activity Central (VA-PCAC) is holding an Industry Day for a potential procurement to design and construct a Solar PV and Solar Thermal...
The Government plans to enter into a long term Renewable Energy Supply Agreement (RESA) whereby an Contractor agrees to finance, design, install, operate and maintain a renewable power...
DLA Energy will request competitive proposals for the purchase and delivery of the off-site renewable energy for a 20 year period to Philadelphia Depot Mechanicsburg, Naval Support Activity...
The purpose of this Notice of Intent is to provide potential applicants advance notice that the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the...

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