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Storm Water Pollution Control Permits Mandated
Posted on 24 May 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Armando F. Benincasa The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has issued its long-delayed S torm Water Construction General Permit for Oil and Gas projects. The permit which will impact greatly oil and gas industry support... Read More

Is Ethanol Causing Pollution of Our Streams?
Posted on 31 Dec 2013 by Todd Janzen

While watching CNBC during my usual workout routine, I heard a story about how President Obama's "Green Energy" policies had a dark side. The story specifically referred to the renewable fuels standard (or "RFS") requiring that... Read More

Problems in the Mississippi River are Flowing Upstream: Gulf Restoration Network v. EPA
Posted on 8 Oct 2013 by Todd Janzen

In 2008, various nonprofit environmental groups petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to create rules to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus pollution in the Mississippi River Basin. The environmental groups argued that because of the massive... Read More

Pharmaceuticals, Drinking Water, and Liability
Posted on 24 Jun 2011 by Dianne Saxe

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer The better our detection ability becomes, the more things we find in the water. One important group of those things is pharmaceuticals and their metabolites. Pharmaceuticals are specifically designed to... Read More

Do Homeowners Policies Protect Against Liability from Fracking Operations? Probably Not
Posted on 18 Feb 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

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... 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

EPA finalizes mountaintop mining guidance for Appalachia
Posted on 6 Aug 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

EPA issued final guidance concerning environmental permitting regulations for mountaintop mining in Appalachia, maintaining the strengthened requirements it set out in the earlier interim guidance that was released on April 1, 2010. A summary of the... 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

EPA finalizes mountaintop mining guidance for Appalachia
Posted on 6 Aug 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

EPA issued final guidance concerning environmental permitting regulations for mountaintop mining in Appalachia, maintaining the strengthened requirements it set out in the earlier interim guidance that was released on April 1, 2010. A summary of the... Read More

Do Homeowners Policies Protect Against Liability from Fracking Operations? Probably Not
Posted on 18 Feb 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

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... Read More

Pharmaceuticals, Drinking Water, and Liability
Posted on 24 Jun 2011 by Dianne Saxe

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer The better our detection ability becomes, the more things we find in the water. One important group of those things is pharmaceuticals and their metabolites. Pharmaceuticals are specifically designed... Read More