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Biden Administration Announces Target of 50% of New Vehicles to be Zero Emissions by 2030

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

As Gas Prices Soar, California Makes Good on Promise to End Fracking in California

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

U.S. Supreme Court Rules that Natural Gas Companies can Condemn State-Owned Property

On June 29, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion
regarding natural gas companies’ ability to condemn state-owned rights-of-way.
In PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC v. New Jersey (2021) — S.Ct. —,
Case No. 19-1039 (“PennEast”), PennEast, a natural gas company, sought
to condemn land in which the State of New Jersey asserted a property interest.
PennEast asserted its right ...Read More

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