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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...

Troutman Sanders: Multiple Parties Seek One-Year Delay of EPA MACT Rule

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 Air Regulatory Group's ("UARG") motion...

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...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Ohio EPA Could Change Air Permits for Oil and Gas Well Sites

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 issued New Source Performance Standards (NSPS),...

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...

Williams Mullen: Supreme Court Ruling on EPA Mercury Rule: Utilities Win the Battle, But Lose the War

By Jessica J.O. King The Clean Air Act requires EPA to regulate emissions of hazardous air pollutants from coal-fired power plants if the agency determines that such “regulation is appropriate and necessary” after studying the hazards the emissions pose to human health. EPA conducted the...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: EPA Releases Clean Power Plan

By Stephen L. Miller On August 3, 2015, President Obama and EPA Administrator McCarthy released the agency’s Clean Power Plan , regulations designed to significantly reduce CO 2 emissions from power plants, as well as promoting low-emitting power sources and energy efficiency. These sweeping...

Ballard Spahr LLP: President Obama, EPA Announce Final Clean Power Plan to Regulate Power Plant Emissions Connected to Climate Change

President Obama and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the issuance of the long-anticipated Federal Clean Power Plan, which regulates emission to the atmosphere of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) from existing fossil fuel-fired electric steam generating units and natural gas-fired...

Babst Calland: EPA Revises Low Pressure Gas Well and Storage Vessel Definitions For NSPS Subpart OOOO

By Meredith Odato Graham The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is revising important definitions in the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) rule for the oil and gas sector, NSPS Subpart OOOO, in response to stakeholder petitions. In a final rule published today, EPA is revising the definition...

Williams Mullen: EPA Finalizes Clean Power Plan: Now What?

By: Channing J. Martin President Obama unveiled on August 3 what has been billed as the Administration’s biggest initiative yet to regulate carbon emissions. Although the final regulations that form the Clean Power Plan are ostensibly aimed at reducing emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired...

Babst Calland: EPA Announces Rulemaking Proposal to Curb Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Sector

By Meredith Odato Graham Today [Aug. 18] the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formally announced its highly-anticipated proposal to regulate methane emissions from the oil and natural gas sector. Specifically, EPA is proposing to amend the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) rule for...

Babst Calland: Public Hearings Announced for EPA Air Rules Targeting Oil and Gas Sector

By Meredith Odato Graham [On Aug. 27] the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will host three public hearings in September regarding proposed Clean Air Act rulemaking actions that will affect the oil and gas industry. Two hearings will be held in Denver and Dallas on the same...

Troutman Sanders: EPA Modifies Air Quality Standards for Ozone

By Troutman Sanders LLP On October 1, 2015 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) adopted a more stringent air quality standard for ground-level ozone emissions that reduces the national standard from 75 parts per billion (“ppb”) to 70 ppb. By promulgating...

Babst Calland: Environmental Groups Plan Suit Over Absence of Regulation of Oil and Gas Waste

By Naeha Dixit On August 26, 2015, seven environmental groups sent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) a Notice of Intent to Sue the agency in an attempt to force the agency to develop tailored rules for oil and gas wastes under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Subtitle...