Joshua Belcher

Joshua Belcher

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U.S. DOT Emergency Order Impacts Crude Oil Testing, Rail Shipping Requirements

In an emergency order issued on February 25, 2014, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) directed all parties offering for transport or transporting petroleum crude oil to ensure that product is properly tested and...more

3/6/2014 - DOT Hazardous Substances Oil & Gas Railways

Pennsylvania PUC to Amend Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Regulations

On February 20, 2014, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (Commission) issued a proposed rulemaking in connection with its implementation of the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act of 2004 (AEPS Act). While the...more

2/27/2014 - Energy Energy Policy Renewable Energy Utilities Sector

Third Circuit Holds “Source State” Common Law Tort Claims Not Preempted by Federal Clean Air Act

In an opinion filed on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit held that the federal Clean Air Act (CAA) does not preempt common law tort claims grounded in state law and brought against a...more

9/4/2013 - Air Pollution Clean Air Act Hazardous Substances Oil & Gas Power Plants Preemption Toxic Exposure

Third Circuit Dismisses NSR Action Against Coal Plant, Affirms Limits of Clean Air Act Liability

On August 21, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit roundly dismissed an enforcement action brought under the federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and several...more

8/30/2013 - Air Pollution Clean Air Act Coal Mines Coal-Fired Generation Enforcement Environmental Claims EPA NSR

PA DEP Revises Marcellus Gas Well Site Air Quality Permit Criteria

On Thursday, August 8, 2013, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released final air quality plan exemption criteria to be applied to unconventional natural gas wells (i.e., gas wells drilled into the...more

8/14/2013 - Air Pollution Chemicals EPA Fracking Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Shale Gas Underground Injection Wells

Utilities Sector To Be a Focus of Executive Order Directing Development of Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Framework

Little more than a week after reports of cyber attacks targeted at the Department of Energy, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, President Obama declared in his State of the Union address that these forms of...more

2/20/2013 - Critical Infrastructure Sectors Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Framework DHS DOE Executive Orders Information Sharing NIST State of the Union Utilities Sector

Pennsylvania DEP Issues Revised Air Quality General Permit for Oil & Gas Operations

On January 31, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) finalized revisions to its “GP-5” air quality general permit, which include significantly reduced allowable emission limits. According to PADEP,...more

2/1/2013 - Air Quality Standards Department of Environmental Protection Greenhouse Gas Emissions Oil & Gas Permits

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