Ramona Monroe

Ramona Monroe

Ramona Monroe focuses her practice on federal, state and local permitting processes particularly for energy projects. Her experience includes hydroelectric facility relicensing and decommissioning, aggregate mining and processing, and oil and gas development.

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Alaska Department of Natural Resources Seeks Input on Mining Regulations – Comments Due 4/29/16

The Alaska DNR is requesting public comments on its mining regulations for establishing and maintaining mining claims – 11 AAC Chapter 86. These regulations (as well as related regulations at 11 AAC 82 and 11 AAC 88) establish or address many of the requirements for locating claims on state lands, performing assessment work, paying rent, filing production … Continue Reading

Services Propose New Regulations For Incidental Take Under the Endangered Species Act

On September 4, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) jointly proposed new regulations governing the issuance of “incidental take statements” (ITSs) under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The purpose of these proposed regulations is to codify existing agency practices regarding the identification of take … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Rejects Logging Road Permit Requirement – Will Oil and Gas Benefit?

On March 20, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled in Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center 586 U.S. (2013) that storm water discharges from logging roads do not require an NPDES permit under the CWA. The decision turns largely on deference to EPA’s interpretation of its own regulations. Whether this holding will be extended to mining or … Continue Reading

Alaska Gets Into the Fracking Regulation Game

On December 20, the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC) released proposed regulations governing hydraulic fracturing. The regulations would require AOGCC approval to conduct fracking activities. For comparison, California recently released a “discussion draft” of potential regulations which would impose certain requirements on fracking operations but would not require additional approval (see California Environmental … Continue Reading

Now Is The Time For Increased Due Diligence Scrutiny – Focus on Permits

As the economy continues to struggle, we see more consolidation in the aggregate industry.  Deals that seems like a bargain, may include significant problems and liabilities.  It is more important than ever to know what you are getting when acquiring existing operations.  An acquiring company should not assume that all permits are in order simply … Continue Reading
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