FEDERAL - JUDICIAL: BLM Resource Management Plan – Colorado. On August 19, environmental activists filed suit against the Trump administration by challenging the Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the BLM's Uncompahgre Field Office. According to the complaint in Citizens for a Healthy Community v. U.S. Bureau of Land Management (Case No. 1:20-cv-2484), "BLM's approval of the RMP expands lands available to oil and gas leasing and development, committing hundreds of thousands of acres of land to oil and gas development without consideration of reasonable alternatives, without taking a hard look at the plan's greenhouse gas emissions and resulting impacts to the climate and natural resources, and without defining or taking steps to prevent unnecessary or undue degradation of the lands-particularly resulting from the plan's contribution to the climate crisis." The suit "addresses oil and gas leasing, recreation, livestock grazing and other land uses on some 676,000 acres of BLM lands and nearly 1 million acres of federal mineral estate in parts of Montrose, Delta, Gunnison, Ouray, San Miguel and Mesa counties." The BLM has yet to respond to the complaint. Read more.
STATE - LEGISLATIVE: Uniform Electronic Wills Act – Utah. On August 31, H.B. 6001 was signed into law by Gov. Gary Herbert (R) after quick passage in the special session. The Act, sponsored by Rep. V. Lowry Snow (R), enacts the Uniform Electronic Wills Act and specifically amends provisions related to disqualifying notarial acts; creates definitions; establishes the applicability of electronic wills; addresses the effect of a will electronically executed in another jurisdiction; sets requirements for executing and revoking an electronic will; addresses records that are not executed in compliance with the requirements for an electronic will; provides requirements for an electronic will to be self-proving; allows for certified paper copies of an electronic will; addresses uniformity of the law; and provides that the Uniform Electronic Wills Act applies to wills of decedents who die on or after the effective date of the Act, which took immediate effect at the governor's bill signing. Read more.
INDUSTRY NEWS: U.S. petroleum demand up for third consecutive month. According to new American Petroleum Institute data, U.S. petroleum demand in July was up 3.8% from June, or 18.3 million b/d. This was the third consecutive monthly increase although still 11.9% below July 2019 levels. However, the rebound beginning in April is the largest three-month increase since December 1976. Read more.