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On August 30, 2021, the U.S. District Court of Arizona
issued an opinion that effectively repealed the Trump-era definition of Waters
of the United States (“WOTUS”) under the Clean Water Act (“CWA”). Pasqua
Yaqui Tribe v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2021) — F.Supp.3d
— (“Pasqua”) involved a challenge by multiple Native American Tribes
of two final rules promulgated under the ...Read More
On Thursday, August 5th, 2021, the Biden
Administration announced that the President plans to sign an executive order
setting a target of 50% of all new vehicles sold in 2030 to be zero-emissions
vehicles, including battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric, or fuel cell
electric vehicles. (https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/08/05/fact-sheet-president-biden-announces-steps-to-drive-american-leadership-forward-on-clean-cars-and-trucks/.)
The purpose of the yet to be signed executive order, according to the White
House, ...Read More
On July 8, 2021, the California Department of Conservation,
Geologic Energy Management Division (“CalGEM”) (formerly known as DOGGR),
issued two separate letters denying a total of twenty-one Well Stimulation
Treatment (“WST”) permit applications. Hydraulic fracturing, also known as
“fracking,” is a type of WST. All twenty-one denied WST permits applications
were submitted by Aera Energy, LLC, and pertained to wells ...Read More
Alaska Sues Biden Administration For Extending Restrictions on Nearly 28 Million Acres of Federal Land
On July 7, 2021, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy announced
that the State of Alaska is suing the United States for not releasing
withdrawals on nearly 28 million acres of federal land in Alaska. (https://gov.alaska.gov/newsroom/2021/07/07/alaska-sues-biden-administration-for-breaking-promises-on-federal-land-orders/.)
Numerous temporary withdrawal orders were issued dating back to the 1970s that
have not been released and which restrict the use of the subject land, ...Read More