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Tenth Circuit Overturns BLM’s Mancos Shale Oil and Gas APD Approvals

Dine’ Citizens Against Ruining our Environment, an environmental non-governmental organization (NGO) and other environmental groups (collectively, Dine’ CARE), brought suit against the United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Secretary of the Interior, challenging the BLM’s compliance with the National…

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Annual Environmental Law Update

This paper was originally published by the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation in the Proceedings of the 64th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute (2018) This chapter highlights…

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Dakota Access Pipeline Project Update

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) project continues to be the subject of extensive news coverage and ongoing controversy. Last quarter’s Watch discussed U.S. District Judge Boasberg’s memorandum opinion denying the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction, which was immediately followed…

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Complex Sale Preserves Economic Opportunities in Four Corners

Led by Meg Meister and Walter Stern and working collaboratively with BHP Billiton New Mexico Coal, Inc.’s in-house counsel and executive team, Modrall Sperling successfully completed the stock sale of BHP Billiton’s San Juan Coal Company (SJCC) and San Juan Transportation Company to Westmoreland Coal Company…


Overview of the Twelve Objectives in New Mexico’s New Energy Plan

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez unveiled the state’s New Energy Plan (“Plan”) on September 14, 2015.  The Plan, entitled “Seizing our Energy Potential: Creating a More Diverse Economy in New Mexico,” focuses on an “all of the above” approach to promote job…

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BLM’s Controversial Hydraulic Fracturing Rule is Postponed Nationwide

The Spring 2015 issue of Energy Resources Notes reported on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) adoption of a controversial final rule addressing hydraulic fracturing (HF) operations and related water handling, well casing, chemical reporting and monitoring requirements for federal and Indian…

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Ten Selected 2016 Lawyer of Year by Best Lawyers®

Modrall Sperling is pleased to announce that 10 of the firm’s attorneys were recently selected by their peers for expertise in their practice areas and named 2016 “Lawyers…

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No Mora Moratorium on Drilling

United States District Court Judge James Browning issued a lengthy opinion on January 19, 2015 invalidating Mora County’s “Community Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance”, enacted by the County in 2013, that prohibited oil and gas development by corporations in the county.   See SWEPI,…

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Designation of Energy Corridors on Federal Lands

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Competitiveness of New Domestic Nuclear Power In the Post-EPACT Environment

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