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Learn from the experts Featuring: The authors of Williams & Meyers on Oil & Gas and Pooling and Unitization , Bruce Kramer and Pat Martin . Bruce Kramer and Pat Martin are preeminent oil, gas, and energy legal scholars, and the authors of Williams & Meyers on Oil & Gas and...

Troutman Sanders LLP: EPA Issues Strict New Cross-State Air Pollution Rule for Power Plants

On July 7, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") issued new rules requiring power plants in 27 eastern, mid-western, and southern states to cut emissions of nitrogen oxide by 54% and sulfur dioxide by 73% from 2005 levels by the time the rules take full effect in 2014. The...

Troutman Sanders LLP: EPA Proposes New Short-Term Secondary NOx and SOx Air Standards But Rejects Potentially Stricter New Approach to Determining Standards

To the dismay of environmental groups, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") on July 13 declined to adopt a long-anticipated new method of setting a combined secondary national ambient air quality standard ("NAAQS") for nitrogen oxides ("NOx") and sulfur oxides...

EPA Releases Rule Changes For Oil and Gas Drillers That Use Hydraulic Fracturing

EPA has released rule changes that will require oil and gas drillers that use hydraulic fracturing to use new or improved processes and equipment in an attempt to reduce the level of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other air pollutants emitted during the completion of new and modified hydraulically...

Babst Calland: Proposed EPA Rules Governing Air Emissions Would Impact Oil, Gas Industry

On August 23rd, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a package of proposed rules governing air emissions from the oil and natural gas industry, which includes the EPA's first air standards targeting emissions from gas wells drilled by hydraulic fracturing. 76 Fed. Reg...

Environmental Protection Agency Publishes Interstate Air Pollution Rule for Power Plants

By Dustin Till, Associate, Marten Law Group PLLC "The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a new rule, Federal Implementation Plans: Interstate Transport of Fine Particulate Matter and Ozone and Correction of SIP Approvals, 76 FR 48208 , addressing the interstate transport of sulfur...

Federal Report Highlights Need To Clean Gulf Coast

HOUSTON - (AP) Five coastal states are determined to clean up the damaged Gulf of Mexico ecosystem after last year's oil spill highlighted how decades of contamination and deterioration had placed a backbone of the U.S. economy at risk of ruin, according to a federal report released Wednesday. The...

Cadwalader: Murkowski Seeks Answers from FERC on EPA Regulation's Impacts on Reliability

By Ken Irvin and Sohair Ahmadi Following testimony of the Commissioners of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC" or "Commission") on September 15, Senator Murkowski (R-AK) sent FERC Chairman, John Wellinghoff, several intense follow-up questions regarding the potential...

Cadwalader: FERC to Hold Technical Conference to Address Reliability

By Ken Irvin and Sohair Ahmadi The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC" or "Commission") announced that it will hold a technical conference, open to the public, on November 29, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on November 30, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to discuss...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: EPA Establishes Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for Power Plants

By James J. A. Mulhall The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently established national standards that will impact certain emissions from power plants. EPA's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) relate to permissible limits of mercury and other emissions that include...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: EPA Announces New Air Regulations for Fracking, Oil & Gas Industry Practices

By Katerina E. Milenkovski Today [April 18, 2012], the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the first ever federal air standards for natural gas wells that are hydraulically fractured, along with requirements for several other sources of pollution in the oil and gas industry that currently...

Cadwalader Friends & Clients Memo: EPA Proposes CO2 Emissions Standards for New Fossil Fuel-Fired Power Generators

By Gregory Lawrence , Athena Eastwood , Joseph Williams and Tory Lauterbach On March 27, 2012 the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") submitted for publication in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking that would set standards of performance for CO2 gas emissions for new...

New EPA Rules Address Potential Hazards of Air Emissions from Fracking

By Marc Karell, P.E., CEM, Principal, Climate Change & Environmental Services, LLC While the focus of the environmental controversy concerning hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") has been the alleged contamination of aquifers and other drinking water supplies, a recent U. of Colorado study...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Court Reverses EPA Decision to Aggregate Air Sources from Natural Gas Operations

By Armando Benincasa In an important decision on August 7th related to the aggregation of air emissions in the oil and gas industry, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a decision by the United States Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] which would have required Summit Petroleum Corporation...

Babst Calland: Plain Meaning Prevails - 6th Circuit Overturns EPA's Single Source Determination. What's EPA's Next Step?

On August 7, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit published a decision that appears to be a victory in terms of how permitting authorities must decide which air permitting requirements apply to the oil and gas industry. However, a closer look at the Sixth Circuit's decision suggests...

Fulbright & Jaworski LLP: EPA Now Requires 2-Day Notice of Hydraulic Fracturing Operations

In mid-April 2012, the EPA issued its new air emissions regulations relating to processes and equipment at natural gas well sites. While many of these regulations have been highlighted by the EPA (such as the required use of "green completion" equipment after January 1, 2015), a notice requirement...

Fulbright & Jaworski LLP: New EPA Report Again Ties Wyoming Water Pollution To Fracking

On October 10, 2012, as a follow-up to its December 2011 draft report concerning allegations of groundwater contamination in Pavillion, Wyoming, the EPA released the methodology and results for additional water samples collected from two monitoring wells by the U.S. Geological Society, in cooperation...

Fulbright & Jaworski LLP: Summit Petroleum: EPA's Aggregation of Oil and Gas Emissions Based on 'Mere Functional Relatedness' is Unreasonable

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit* in Summit Petroleum Corporation v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Nos. 09-4348; 10-4572) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ] vacated EPA's order aggregating Summit's sour gas wells and sweetening...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: EPA Accepting Data Regarding Hydraulic Fracturing Study

By Armando F. Benincasa In an update on its study of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would be accepting data and analyses from the public to supplement data which it is already collecting and...

DLA Piper Climate Change Alert: EPA Announces Carbon Regulations For Existing Power Plants

By Deborah E. Jennings , Andrew B. Schatz and Catherine B. Campbell The Environmental Protection Agency has announced long-awaited regulations to reduce carbon-dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions from existing power plants pursuant to the Clean Air Act. EPA's Clean Power Plan would for the first time establish...