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The Clean Power Plan: State Implementation Plans Building Block 2 – The Re-dispatch Option

On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced proposed regulations (the “Clean Power Plan” Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”)) to limit greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions from existing...more

Does the Supreme Court’s Opinion in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency, et al. (June 23, 2014)...

Background – The Tailoring Rule: On May 13, 2010, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a final rule requiring new or modified stationary sources of Greenhouse Gas (“GHG”) emissions located...more

Is RGGI in Pennsylvania’s Future?

Cap and trade may play a major role in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent proposal to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil-fueled electric generating facilities. On June 2, 2014, EPA issued a...more

California Proposes New Regulations on Hydraulic Fracturing Operations

California has recently issued proposed regulations that will significantly impact oil and gas extraction in the State. Oil and gas producers that use well stimulation techniques, including hydraulic fracturing (HF), should...more

The Battle Over EPA’s Proposed New Source Performance Standards For Coal Fired EGUs: Adequately Demonstrated or Impermissible...

On September 20, 2013, EPA, under the authority of section 111(b) of the Clean Air Act (CAA), re-proposed its New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for CO2 emissions from coal-fired utility boilers and integrated...more

I’ll go first. The Obama Administration Issues Executive Order on Chemical Safety in the Aftermath of the Tragedy in West, Texas

In the aftermath of the April fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, that killed 14 people, the Obama Administration has taken the first steps toward a regulatory response aimed at strengthening the oversight of chemical...more

Take Notice – President Obama Can Take Meaningful Steps To Address Climate Change Without the Explicit Approval of Congress

Whether President Obama’s Climate Action Plan is a repackaging of existing efforts, entirely new programs, or something in between, the president has the political advantage because Congress’ possible responses are limited....more

Chemical Plant Safety: Will There Be Renewed Demand for Federal Regulation?

Introduction - The global demand for natural resources continues unabated. As revenues increase and profits soar in the face of this demand, there has been a resurgence of “resource nationalism” with resource-rich host...more

Conventional and Unconventional Operators: Know your Rights re GHG Reporting

Summary: If you are a conventional or unconventional oil and gas operator in Pennsylvania, you have likely received a recent letter from DEP requiring, for the first time, reporting of your greenhouse gas (GHG)...more

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