Environmental

Recent Posts

Environmental Groups Sue Over Applicability of TRI Data
Posted on 9 Mar 2015 by E. Lynn Grayson

By E. Lynn Grayson A recent lawsuit filed by 10 environmental groups against EPA alleges that EPCRA Section 313 Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting should apply to oil and gas extraction companies. The environmental groups want TRI data regulatory... Read More

Tags: release , oil , extraction , toxic , gas , EPA

The Clean Power Plan: A View from FERC, Part II - Infrastructure
Posted on 9 Mar 2015 by J. Wylie Donald

By Tricia Caliguire Because I had a seat inside the meeting room at FERC's Clean Power Plan Overview last month, I got a close-up view of the protesters. Most were older (as opposed to the college-student variety), they carried signs, wore matching... Read More

Natural Gas Operator Prevails in Air Aggregation Case
Posted on 19 Mar 2015 by Babst Calland

In a highly-anticipated decision, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania has granted a motion for summary judgment in favor of a Pennsylvania natural gas operator in an air aggregation case filed by a citizen group. The decision... Read More

PA Court Declines to Aggregate Separate Compressor Stations
Posted on 20 May 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

A Pennsylvania Court recently considered whether a genuine issue of material fact exists as to whether the air contamination sources are “adjacent”, thereby rendering a natural gas operators compressor facilities ineligible for GP-5 (minor... Read More

Public Comment Period on PA Department of Environmental Protection's Oil and Gas Rulemaking Closes May 19
Posted on 7 May 2015 by Pepper Hamilton Environmental Law Practice Group

Environmental Client Alert The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP’s) rulemaking regarding surface activities for oil and gas wells, Environmental Protection Performance Standards at Oil and Gas Well Sites (Chapters... Read More

Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Issues Revised Guidance for Climate Change Analysis in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Reviews
Posted on 26 Feb 2015 by Al Herson

By Mr. Al Herson Get the latest analysis on the Council on Environmental Quality's revised draft guidance on climate change analysis in NEPA reviews. The article reviews the major provisions of the draft guidance, including analyzing greenhouse... Read More

The Keystone XL Pipeline Veto: Much Ado ...
Posted on 11 Mar 2015 by J. Wylie Donald

By J. Wylie Donald When one talks of pipelines in recent days one hears nearly an incessant buzz about Keystone XL, as if that is where the real action is. But it isn't, notwithstanding the histrionics over President Obama's veto of S.1... Read More

Tags: pipeline , coal , natural , keystone , oil , gas

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

PA DEP Public Resource Proposed Rules – Will They Survive?
Posted on 31 Aug 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

As reported in my June, 2015 article on this site, the DEP’s Chapter 78 rulemaking effort is not without its share of controversy and concern. Perhaps the biggest issue for the industry is the expansion of the “Public Resource” requirements... 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