The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Sackett v. EPA, No. 21-454 (May 25, 2023) is a landmark ruling in environmental law interpreting the scope of water bodies covered by the Clean Water Act (CWA) – an issue that has been debated by courts, presidential administrations, and federal agencies for decades. The Court’s ruling holds
Louisiana Senator Proposes Statutory Framework Governing Rights and Obligations of Parties to Renewable Energy Leases
The Louisiana Legislature’s 2023 Regular Session begins on April 10th, and last Friday, Louisiana Senator Allain of District 21 filed SB 154 proposing to enact a statutory framework directly governing the rights and obligations of parties to renewable energy leases.
The bill defines a “renewable energy lease” as a lease entered into for the purpose…
Solar Leasing in Louisiana: Act 301 and Decommissioning Requirements
As the number of solar projects continues to grow in Louisiana, a chief concern among Louisiana taxpayers is ensuring that these projects are properly decommissioning upon their abandonment. Solar development is largely in its infancy in Louisiana, with only a handful of projects having been constructed to date. However, lawmakers are acting now to ensure…
Solar Leasing in Louisiana: The Accommodation Doctrine
Perhaps the most important right granted in a solar development agreement is the right of the solar developer to use the surface of the property to evaluate, construct, and operate the solar farm. But how can the solar developer ensure that its right to use the surface of the property is not encumbered by or inferior to the rights of others? Or, more specifically, how can the solar developer ensure that a mineral estate owner will not be able to locate a well in the middle of its solar farm? This issue is at the forefront of the minds of the renewables industry and was the subject of a recent Texas Court of Appeals decision. As renewable energy projects continue to multiply, clashes between solar developers and mineral interest owners will increase as well.
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Survey of Proposed Legislation Across the States Affecting the Energy Industry in 2021
Several pieces of energy-industry legislation are teed up for debate as state legislatures reconvene for their first sessions of 2021. With topics ranging from offshore oil and gas moratoriums to restrictions on natural gas flaring and venting, the following is an overview of notable energy legislation to be heard in state legislatures this year.