The Texas Public Utility Commission has a new member with Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) appointment of Arthur D’Andrea to a six year term.  D’Andrea currently serves as assistant general counsel to Gov. Abbott and was previously an assistant solicitor general for the Texas Attorney General’s office.

This makes Gov. Abbott’s second appointment of the year, having named Continue Reading Gov. Abbott Appoints New Public Utility Commissioner

Investors in renewable energy projects may soon have access to the same tax advantages that investors in fossil fuel-based energy projects have had for decades. On October 25, Sens. Coons (D-DE) and Moran (R-KS) and Reps. Poe (R-TX) and Thompson (D-CA) introduced the bipartisan “Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act” (the Act) to promote private investment in renewable energy projects. Continue Reading Proposed MLP Parity Act Would Promote Private Investment in Renewable Energy

In the July, 2017 issue of Rock Products Magazine, Husch Blackwell Senior counsel, Ali Nelson, writes about why aggregate producers should care about the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia order ruling that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers improperly granted an easement authorizing the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). While the new administration may seek to streamline or even eliminate permitting or regulatory hurdles impeding development of natural resources, those opposing development may be even more aggressive in seeking court action to block or delay it.

Ali notes that the underlying caution may be that regardless of the creation of more “development friendly” permitting agencies, companies must be even more diligent in seeing that the agencies adequately document their decisions.  Read the full article on pages 50-51 of the July edition.