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Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Ohio EPA Could Change Air Permits for Oil and Gas Well Sites
Posted on 25 Feb 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Katerina E. Milenkovski Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently proposed several changes to its general permits for oil and gas well site production operations. These changes would: Incorporate requirements from the recently... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Court Reverses EPA Decision to Aggregate Air Sources from Natural Gas Operations
Posted on 9 Aug 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

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... Read More

Babst Calland: Plain Meaning Prevails - 6th Circuit Overturns EPA's Single Source Determination. What's EPA's Next Step?
Posted on 10 Aug 2012 by Babst Calland

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... Read More

Troutman Sanders: Multiple Parties Seek One-Year Delay of EPA MACT Rule
Posted on 21 Oct 2011 by Troutman Sanders

On October 13 and 14, 2011, the National Mining Association ("NMA"), twenty-five states and Guam, and other public interest groups submitted amicus briefs to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, in support of Utility... Read More

Fulbright & Jaworski LLP: New EPA Report Again Ties Wyoming Water Pollution To Fracking
Posted on 5 Nov 2012 by Norton Rose Fulbright

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... Read More

Environmental Protection Agency Publishes Interstate Air Pollution Rule for Power Plants
Posted on 22 Sep 2011 by Dustin T Till

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... Read More

Cadwalader: FERC to Hold Technical Conference to Address Reliability
Posted on 19 Oct 2011 by Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

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... Read More

Federal Report Highlights Need To Clean Gulf Coast
Posted on 7 Oct 2011 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Community Staff

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... Read More

Fulbright & Jaworski LLP: EPA Now Requires 2-Day Notice of Hydraulic Fracturing Operations
Posted on 30 Oct 2012 by Norton Rose Fulbright

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"... Read More

Cadwalader: Murkowski Seeks Answers from FERC on EPA Regulation's Impacts on Reliability
Posted on 18 Oct 2011 by Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

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... Read More

Fulbright & Jaworski LLP: President Obama Withdraws Proposal to Lower the Ozone NAAQS
Posted on 6 Sep 2011 by Norton Rose Fulbright

By Bob Greenslade and Patricia Finn Braddock On September 2, 2011, President Obama directed Lisa Jackson, the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA"), to withdraw the agency's proposal to lower the primary... Read More

Energy: Proactive Strategies to Meet Renewable Portfolio Standards
Posted on 1 Sep 2010 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Community Staff

The Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may expand the already substantial compliance and operational issues facing the energy sector. Aggressive efforts by regulators at the federal and state/provincial levels in the United... Read More

Troutman Sanders LLP: EPA Issues Strict New Cross-State Air Pollution Rule for Power Plants
Posted on 22 Jul 2011 by Troutman Sanders

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... Read More

EPA Releases Rule Changes For Oil and Gas Drillers That Use Hydraulic Fracturing
Posted on 12 Aug 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

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... Read More