Margaret Anne Hill

Margaret Anne Hill

Blank Rome LLP

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Environmental Litigation, Compliance and Transactional Costs to Increase as a Result of EPA’s New Vapor Intrusion Guidance

Action Item: Vapor intrusion has been a primary concern of state and federal environmental agencies for the past decade, and, accordingly, remedial actions have included vapor migration and intrusion as an exposure pathway....more

6/22/2015 - CERCLA Environmental Assessments EPA Oil & Gas RCRA Remediation Underground Storage Tanks Vapor Intrusion Vapor Intrusion Guidance

Nothing but Nonsense in New EPA Rule on Emissions

In response to a petition for final rule-making filed by the Sierra Club, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued on May 22, 2015, its final action requiring 36 states to revise their state implementation plans...more

6/5/2015 - Affirmative Defenses Clean Air Act EPA National Emissions Standards Penalties Permits Sierra Club SIP SSM Periods

EPA Requires States to Revise and Tighten Startup, Shutdown, and Malfunction Regulations

Action Item: In response to pressure from environmental groups, EPA has removed Clean Air Act affirmative defenses previously available to the regulated community for startups, shutdowns, or malfunctions (SSM Rule). The...more

5/29/2015 - Affirmative Defenses Clean Air Act EPA Final Rules NESHAP SIP SSM Periods

Real Estate: Foundation - April 2015

In this issue: - How NMTCs Benefit Real Estate Community Development Initiatives - Noteworthy Real Estate Deals - What’s Your Priority? An Open-Ended Examination of Pennsylvania’s Mechanics’ Lien...more

4/16/2015 - Affordable Housing Financial Institutions Habitat Conservation Plan Mechanics' Lien Acts Mortgage Lenders Mortgages New Market Tax Credits Qualified Equity Investments Real Estate Development Real Estate Investments

Court Decisions Halt Momentum on Local Oil and Gas Regulations

Action Item: Oil and gas operators should be aware that courts recently have been paring back on the power of local municipalities to regulate their operations. ...more

3/23/2015 - Energy Sector Municipalities Oil & Gas Preemption

Commerce Department Issues New Guidance on Technical Crude Export Issues

Action Item: New policy guidance in the form of “Frequently Asked Questions” was published by the Commerce Department on December 20, 2014, with regard to crude oil export controls. Stakeholders interested in crude oil...more

1/12/2015 - BIS Canada Export Controls New Guidance Oil & Gas U.S. Commerce Department

The 2014 Philadelphia Energy Summit: We Have a Philadelphia Regional Energy Hub—“If We Can Keep It.”

The buzz has gone national about the Philadelphia Region becoming the next energy and feedstock hub. On December 5, a landmark event in the history of the Philadelphia Region took place when Drexel University hosted the first...more

12/22/2014 - Energy Energy Sector Natural Gas Oil & Gas Professional Conferences

December 2014 - Real Estate FOUNDATION

In this issue - The CERCLA Divisibilty Defense: Back from the Dead? - Springing Recourse for Breach of Solvency and Debt Payment Covenants? Does New York Need Cherryland Legislation? - Mid-Construction...more

12/19/2014 - CERCLA Construction Contracts Construction Industry Construction Project Contaminated Properties General Contractors Project Finance Subcontractors

TSCA on Hydraulic Fracturing: Gateway to New Federal Rules?

Historically, states have taken the lead in regulating oil and gas development given the states’ primary interest in securing rational oil and gas development in their own boundaries. Hydraulic fracturing—a 60-year-old...more

9/23/2014 - Energy Fracking Oil & Gas TSCA

Exports of Condensate Reflect Evolution, Not Revolution, In Crude Export Regulation

On June 24, 2014, various news sources reported that the Department of Commerce (“DOC”) had allowed two companies to export processed condensate, suggesting a breakthrough in the 40-year ban on crude oil exports. The reality...more

6/27/2014 - Exports Oil & Gas Shipping U.S. Commerce Department

More Pipeline Development Projects: What America Needs

National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) challenges to pipeline projects and other natural gas infrastructure have become a commonplace tool in recent years for environmental groups seeking to defeat or delay midstream...more

6/25/2014 - Clean Water Act EarthJustice Endangered Species Act Energy Projects Environmental Assessments Environmental Policies FERC Keystone XL Pipeline Natural Gas NEPA Oil & Gas Pipelines Sierra Club Sierra Club v County of Fresno US Army Corps of Engineers

EPA Up 3-0 in Clean Air Cases: What it Means for Greenhouse Gas Regulations

The D.C. Circuit, by majority decision, upheld MATS, which requires coal- and oil-fired power plants to reduce emissions of mercury, arsenic, chromium, and other air pollutants. When the EPA adopted MATS in 2011, it did not...more

5/22/2014 - Air Pollution Clean Air Act Coal-Fired Generation EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions MATS NAAQS Oil & Gas Power Plants SIP Transport Rule Utilities Sector

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