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EPA to Require TRI Reporting from Natural Gas Processing Facilities
Posted on 1 Dec 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

EPA has announced that it will begin requiring natural gas processing facilities to file Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reports, although the announcement did not include a timeline for doing so. The agency had been under pressure by environmental groups... Read More

Can New York Communities Use Land Use Law To Keep Hydraulic Fracturing Out Of Their Backyards?
Posted on 20 Jun 2013 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

Professor Michael Gerrard of Columbia Law School laid out the pluses and minuses fracking and climate change mitigation at a recent panel discussion. On the plus side: burning natural gas yields about one-half the amount of carbon dioxide as burning coal... Read More

OMB Begins Review of EPA Proposals to Curb Methane Emissions, Define Major Source
Posted on 3 Aug 2015 by Babst Calland

By Meredith Odato Graham In late June the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent a highly-anticipated proposed rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for interagency review that would address methane emissions in the... Read More

EPA Announces Schedule to Develop Natural Gas Wastewater Standards
Posted on 21 Oct 2011 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

Announcement is part of administration's priority to ensure natural gas development continues safely and responsibly WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a schedule to develop standards for wastewater discharges... Read More

U.S. EPA Proposes Revisions to Clean Air Act Regulations Impacting the Oil and Gas Industry
Posted on 30 Aug 2011 by Babst Calland

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... Read More

FERC’s Reaction to CEQ’s Greenhouse Gas Guidance: For Now, Business as Usual
Posted on 22 Jul 2015 by GreenbergTraurig

On June 23, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an Order Denying Rehearing, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this order: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], of its earlier April 6, 2015 order, [subscribers can access an enhanced... Read More

Keller and Heckman LLP Environmental Business Alert: Fifth Circuit Upholds Texas Clean Air Act Flexible Permit Program
Posted on 7 Sep 2012 by Keller and Heckman LLP

Fifth Circuit Upholds Texas Clean Air Act Flexible Permit Program On August 13, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Fifth Circuit) issued its opinion upholding the Texas Flexible Permit Program. For now, the decision in Texas v. U... Read More

Major Changes Proposed for Shale Gas Fracking
Posted on 25 Aug 2011 by Dianne Saxe

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer Advisors to US Energy Secretary, Stephen Chu, have recommended major changes to improve regulation and environmental performance of shale gas fracturing (fracking) in the US. Public consultation is continuing... Read More

Fracking, Methane and Drinking Water
Posted on 24 Jun 2011 by Dianne Saxe

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer The Ernst v. Encana fracking lawsuit gained strength last month with the publication of Rob Jackson's peer-reviewed paper: Methane contamination of drinking water accompanying gas-well drilling and... Read More

EPA proposes draft rules related to air emissions from hydrofacturing operations
Posted on 2 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 (VOC's) and other air pollutants emitted... Read More

New EPA Draft Report Links Contaminants Found In Groundwater To Fracking
Posted on 7 Jan 2012 by Steven M. Siros

By Steven M. Siros, Partner, Jenner & Block On December 8, 2011, the United States Environmental Protection Agency ("U.S. EPA") issued a draft report noting a need for the collection of more baseline data, greater transparency on the... Read More

Steptoe and Johnson Update: Ohio EPA Proposes Air Permits for Drilling Sites
Posted on 31 Aug 2011 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Katerina E. Milenkovski , Of Counsel, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC During the past several months, Ohio EPA has been working to determine what, if any, air pollution requirements apply to well-site operations in the oil and gas industry - in particular... Read More

Fuel Cell Economics Improving, Offering Energy Storage Solutions
Posted on 5 Jan 2010 by Jonathan Wilson

The economics of fuel cells are improving each year, according to Pike Research , which forecasts that global revenues will more than double over the next few years, from $336m in 2009 to $716m in 2013, according to reports. Pike Research’s analysis... Read More

Major Changes Proposed for Shale Gas Fracking
Posted on 25 Aug 2011 by Dianne Saxe

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer Advisors to US Energy Secretary, Stephen Chu, have recommended major changes to improve regulation and environmental performance of shale gas fracturing (fracking) in the US. Public consultation is continuing... Read More

Fracking, Methane and Drinking Water
Posted on 24 Jun 2011 by Dianne Saxe

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer The Ernst v. Encana fracking lawsuit gained strength last month with the publication of Rob Jackson's peer-reviewed paper: Methane contamination of drinking water accompanying gas-well drilling and... Read More