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Babst Calland: Federal Court Invalidates Portions of a Local Ordinance, Which Banned the Use of Underground Injection Wells
Posted on 27 Oct 2015 by Babst Calland

By Alana E. Fortna On October 14, 2015, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania invalidated several provisions of a Grant Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania local ordinance that was intended to prevent an oil and... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: EPA Proposes Zero Discharge Rule For Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater
Posted on 21 May 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

On April 7, 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued proposed regulations which would create pretreatment standards of performance for existing and new sources of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing operations. EPA is proposing... Read More

Troutman Sanders: FERC Offers EPA Advice On Commission’s Potential Role In Clean Power Plan
Posted on 28 May 2015 by Troutman Sanders

On May 15, 2015, the FERC commissioners sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) addressing two areas where FERC could contribute to maintaining reliability under EPA’s Clean Power Plan (“CPP”). FERC’s... Read More

Babst Calland: EPA Inspector General Continues Review of Fracking Rules Over Objections from Senate
Posted on 11 Nov 2014 by Babst Calland

By Holly A. Pisanelli The Inspector General (IG) for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Arthur Elkins, has vowed to continue to evaluate the effectiveness of state and federal regulations of hydraulic fracturing. The IG recently responded... Read More

DLA Piper: EPA Report Finds No Evidence Fracking Causes Widespread Impacts On Drinking Water
Posted on 10 Jun 2015 by DLA Piper

By: Robert J. Alessi and Jeffrey D. Kuhn | This client alert is part of an ongoing series by DLA Piper attorneys on the legal, regulatory and policy issues related to hydraulic fracturing and shale gas production in the US and internationally. The... Read More

Babst Calland: House Democrats Encourage USEPA Investigations of Alleged Water Contamination
Posted on 8 Apr 2014 by Babst Calland

By Meredith Odato Graham On April 1, 2014, a group of eight U.S. House Democrats sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) urging the agency to address alleged water contamination near drilling sites in Dimock, Pennsylvania;... Read More

EPA Inspector General Reports on Hydraulic Fracturing Regulators
Posted on 28 Jul 2015 by Babst Calland

By Michael K. Reer The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released a report entitled, “ Enhanced EPA Oversight and Action Can Further Protect Water Resources From the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic... Read More

Babst Calland: EPA Seeks Comment on Methane and VOC White Papers
Posted on 23 Apr 2014 by Babst Calland

By Holly A. Pisanelli On April 15, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released five technical white papers for peer review, each one focusing on a possible source of methane and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions within the... Read More

Babst Calland: U.S. EPA Proposes Amendments to Air Rules Affecting Oil and Gas Industry
Posted on 8 Aug 2014 by Babst Calland

By Meredith Odato Graham [On July 17] the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) published proposed amendments to federal air regulations at 40 C.F.R. 60, Subpart OOOO (Standards of Performance for Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production, Transmission... Read More

Babst Calland: Permitting for Using Diesel in Hydraulic Fracturing Revised by EPA
Posted on 18 Feb 2014 by Babst Calland

By Scott McKernan The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released revised permitting guidance for underground injection control (UIC) under the Safe Drinking Water Act for wells using diesel fuels during hydraulic fracturing... Read More

Keller and Heckman LLP: EPA Rulemakings Seek to Buttress Renewable Fuel Program
Posted on 13 Aug 2014 by Keller and Heckman LLP

By Jean-Cyril (JC) Walker and Adrienne M. Timmel Over the past few weeks the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) finalized several rules affecting its Renewable Fuel Standard (“RFS”) Program. On July 18, 2014, EPA finalized... Read More