Changes Proposed to Research and Data Used by EPA

As recently reported in a number of news outlets, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt has proposed a rule within the EPA that would require the Agency to use research that is publicly available in promulgating new rules alleged to be “scientifically-based.”  This could be an important change to every company over which EPA …

DAPL Developer Sues Environmental Groups

In a remarkable development around the contentious Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), the developer of the project, Energy Transfer Equity and Energy Transfer Partners, sued the environmental groups that opposed DAPL. Energy Transfer sued  Greenpeace International, Greenpeace Inc., Greenpeace Fund, Inc., BankTrack, and Earth First! alleging that the: group of co-conspirators (the “Enterprise”) manufactured and disseminated …

Energy Legislation in the 2017 Colorado General Assembly

The First Regular Session of the Seventy-First General Assembly adjourned sine die on May 10th, wrapping up 120 days of work for the people of Colorado. The session was primarily dominated by two big issues: budget and transportation. After years of debate, legislators reached a compromise on the infamous hospital provider fee. By moving the …

The 2016 Election Is (Finally) Over. Now What?

If you have watched television in the last few weeks, you may have noticed a pleasant lack of campaign advertisements during your favorite shows.  Whether pleased or disappointed with the outcome, it is time to start thinking about what the 2016 election means for Colorado going forward.  Below, we outline the results of the election …

FAA Releases Final Drone Rules Clearing the Way for Expanded Utility and Energy Company Uses

In what might be considered record-setting time for a major federal rulemaking, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released the final rules under Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations governing the Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) for commercial purposes. For operations that can be performed within the parameters of Part 107, …

Colorado Energy Legislation 2016: the General Assembly Adjourned, but Was It All Bark and No Bite?

The Second Regular Session of the Seventieth Colorado General Assembly adjourned on May 11, 2016. Legislators introduced 685 bills this year, though just under half (309) passed both chambers. Most of those successful bills were bipartisan and enjoyed broad support. But, because it is an election year, we saw many pieces of legislation intended to …

Colorado Legislative Session Opens With A Variety of Energy-Related Bills

The Second Regular Session of the Seventieth General Assembly of the State of Colorado convened on January 13, 2016.  In a session expected to focus on controversial issues related to taxes, education, infrastructure, and construction defects, both the House and the Senate introduced new legislation addressing a variety of energy-related issues. House Bill 16-1004 requires …