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EPA Responds to the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

Since the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico on April 22, 2010, EPA has mobilized resources to support the U.S. Coast Guard and protect public health and the environment. Our Emergency Operations Center at headquarters has been activated, trained EPA responders are working on the scene, and special mobile...

EPA Spanish Web Site to inform Spanish-speaking public about health, environmental impacts of Oil Spill

WASHINGTON – As part of the ongoing federal response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, EPA has launched a Spanish language Web site to inform the Spanish-speaking public about the spill’s impact on the environment and the health of nearby residents. The Web site – http://www...

Plastic garbage zones are not just in the Pacific

The plastic garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean has received substantial media attention. However, recent studies have shown that there are a number of such garbage patches, and that unfortunately they are larger than originally believed. The so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch is estimated to be...

Oil & Gas Law Abridged

With this convenient desk edition, you will get thorough yet concise coverage of the law relating to oil and gas. A handy abridgement of the 8-volume master treatise, Williams & Meyers, Oil and Gas Law, you'll find full treatment of property interests, conveyancing, oil and gas leases, implied...

Kuntz, A Treatise on Oil & Gas Law

Increasingly cited by courts in oil and gas producing states, Kuntz, A Treatise on Oil & Gas Law provides an exhaustive survey of oil and gas conveyancing and operations, with citations to authorities that help attorneys find a quick answer or case on point. Included is a detailed examination of...

Manual of Oil & Gas Terms

A handy desk reference, the softcover Manual of Oil and Gas Terms defines the words and phrases most useful to lawyers, landmen, accountants, investors in oil and gas properties, students and others in the great variety of occupations in the industry. For example, the petroleum engineer may find the...

Williams & Meyers, Oil and Gas Law

Williams & Meyers, Oil and Gas Law is the most authoritative and comprehensive treatise on the law relating to oil and gas. Frequently cited by the courts and highly regarded by oil and gas attorneys, the treatise monitors changes to the law as well as new and developing areas. You will avoid costly...

Expect Gulf Oil Slick Claims to be Extensive and Impact Multiple Lines of Business

By Marc Lanzkowsky, Founder and Principal, Lanzko Consulting, Inc. As the losses in the gulf continue to rise, the true claims impact has yet to unfold I don’t think the insurance industry has felt the true brunt of the horrific events of the April 20 blast on the Deepwater Horizon...

Emerging Legal and Insurance Issues from the Gulf Oil Spill

By John L. Watkins, Shareholder, Chorey, Taylor & Feil Last week, courtesy of my friends at LEXIS, I attended the HB Litigation Conference in Atlanta on litigation and insurance coverage issues arising from the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The presenters included extremely well...

Thoughts From The HB Litigation Conference On BP Oil Spill, Developing Legal, Insurance Issues

By John L. Watkins, Shareholder, Chorey, Taylor & Feil Last week, courtesy of my friends at LEXIS, I attended the HB Litigation Conference in Atlanta on litigation and insurance coverage issues arising from the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The presenters included extremely...

Are Costs Of Cleaning Up Radioactive Contamination Covered?

By Rene Siemens, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP For decades, insurers have denied coverage for the costs of investigating and cleaning up radioactive contamination. Insurers insist that such costs are excluded from coverage. Their position took a body-blow recently when a Massachusetts...

EPA Releases First Round Of Peer Review Toxicity Testing Data For 8 Oil Dispersants

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The US Environmental Protection Agency has released peer reviewed results from the first round of its own independent toxicity testing on eight oil dispersants. EPA conducted testing to ensure that decisions about ongoing dispersant use in the Gulf of Mexico continue to be grounded...

Bryant Gardner Examines Legislative Developments as a result of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

“The tragic loss of the DEEPWATER HORIZON on April 20, 2010 and still mounting environmental damages from the leaking "Macondo" well at Mississippi Canyon Block 252 have produced a robust, if not always like-minded reaction, in Washington,” writes Bryant Gardner. “As in the...

The Immediate Need to Optimize Medical Records for the Gulf Oil Spill

By Joe Russell, SVP General Counsel & Corporate Development of MedNeutral, LLC SAN DIEGO: The Gulf Oil spill may be finally coming to an end, but the rash of personal injury claims are just beginning. While there will be numerous legitimate claims, there will undoubtedly be a number of more...

MIT Frat Settles Lawsuit Over Explosion

BOSTON - (UPI) A Massachusetts Institute of Technology fraternity has settled a lawsuit over a prank that caused an explosion in which two people were injured. As part of their annual prank, The Boston Globe reported, Tau Epsilon Phi members stole sodium metal, which explodes when it becomes wet. . ...

Top 10 Environmental Watch List for 2011

In case you missed it, the Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center launched its first annual Top 10 Environmental Watch List. Makes for an interesting read. See http://watchlist.vermontlaw.edu/ .

Oil from Gulf of Mexico spill may still be present, particularly on the Gulf floor

Prior posts have noted that the dispersants used in the BP spill had a longer than anticipated life in the Gulf. Additionally, prior posts have noted the evidence supporting the thesis that the oil was consumed by microbes unusually fast. Recently published evidence indicates that the latter assertion...

Comment: Obtaining a Declaratory Judgment under CERCLA: Should the Past Control the Future?

By Rachael A. Doyle Congress enacted the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act ("CERCLA") to address and remedy the improper disposal of toxic and hazardous wastes. Since its enactment, CERCLA has been highly criticized for its ostensibly high transaction...

The manufacturer of PCE dry cleaning machine filtering system is not a CERCLA arranger

Since 1980, Team Enterprises, LLC leased space in a shopping center in Modesto, California, where it operated a dry cleaning store. From 1980 to 2004, Team used PCE in its dry cleaning equipment, and the machines generated wastewater containing PCE. Team used Puritan Rescue 800 filter-and-still combination...

Do Homeowners Policies Protect Against Liability from Fracking Operations? Probably Not

My partner Dean Pappas and I recently had an article published by Best's Review (February 2012) that looks at the potential risks that arise from hydrofracking operations, and the extent to which a typical homeowner's insurance policy covers the damages and harms that may arise. For those of...

Settling Party Barred from Bringing a CERCLA Section 107(a) Claim

By Sedina L. Banks, Attorney, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP Last week, in the case of Solutia, Inc. and Pharmacia Corp. v. McWane, Inc. (Solutia) , the Eleventh Circuit held that a party that performs a cleanup in compliance with a consent decree has no right under the Comprehensive...

Don't Expect Your Homeowner's Insurance To Cover Pollution When You Lease Your Back Yard to Shale Gas Fracking Drillers

Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley partners Thomas Clarke and Dean Pappas have published an informative article by Best's Review (February 2012) that looks at the potential risks that arise from hydrofracking operations, and the extent to which a typical homeowner's insurance policy covers the...

Ninth Circuit Holds that Dry Cleaning Equipment Manufacturers Must Engage in Active, Not Merely Passive, Activities to be Liable Under RCRA

In litigation involving soil and/or groundwater contamination from releases related to dry cleaning equipment and PCE, it has been common for injured property owners to sue the dry cleaning equipment manufacturers, among others. One of the primary legal tools used in such litigation is the citizen-suit...

State Net Capitol Journal – October 15, 2012

Budget & Taxes HARRISBURG HEARINGS REVEAL FISCAL PROBLEMS BUT NOT CONSENSUS: Six hours of testimony this month failed to produce any consensus on what caused the financial crisis that has gripped Pennsylvania's capital city. But the first of two days of state Senate hearings into the decisions...

State Net Capitol Journal – October 15, 2012

Budget & Taxes HARRISBURG HEARINGS REVEAL FISCAL PROBLEMS BUT NOT CONSENSUS: Six hours of testimony this month failed to produce any consensus on what caused the financial crisis that has gripped Pennsylvania's capital city. But the first of two days of state Senate hearings into the decisions...