Michael Krancer

Michael Krancer

Blank Rome LLP

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Reality Check on the Auditor General’s Report on DEP’s Oversight of Oil and Gas Operations

The expected chorus of politically driven indignation is raining down in response to the Auditor General’s report released this Tuesday on the DEP’s performance in monitoring potential impacts to water quality from shale gas...more

7/24/2014 - Energy Marcellus Shale Oil & Gas Shale Gas Water

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

Big SCOTUS Win for EPA on Greenhouse Gases

No matter how you slice it (and we are all still studying it), yesterday’s Supreme Court omnibus decision on greenhouse gas (“GHG”) regulation (the lead case being Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, No. 12-1146, decided...more

6/25/2014 - Carbon Emissions Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Power Plants SCOTUS Utility Air Regulatory Group v EPA

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

The National Climate Assessment and the Nuclear Energy Solution

The White House released on Tuesday the long-awaited Third National Climate Assessment, Climate Change Impacts in the United States (“Assessment”), required by Congress. It contains some stunning findings and does not mince...more

5/13/2014 - Carbon Emissions Climate Change Energy Energy Policy National Climate Assessments Nuclear Power

Obama Energy Official: Nuclear Plants Essential To Our Carbon Reduction Goals

Peter Lyons, the Department of Energy’s (“DOE”) assistant secretary for nuclear energy, outlined the Obama Administration’s reasons for supporting nuclear power in the United States at the Platts 10th Annual Nuclear Energy...more

2/20/2014 - Carbon Emissions Clean Energy DOE Energy Policy Greenhouse Gas Emissions Nuclear Power Obama Administration Power Plants Solar Energy Subsidies Wind Power

Associated Press “Investigation” Confirms Safety of Gas Drilling

Despite claims to the contrary, the recently released AP “investigation” proves that drilling for natural gas or oil has an excellent safety record. Moreover, it’s getting better, especially in Pennsylvania. Let’s first...more

1/9/2014 - Department of Environmental Protection EPA Investigations Natural Gas Oil & Gas Water Rights Well Drilling

New Hydraulic Fracturing Moratorium Bill: Worse Than Misguided

Senator Jim Ferlo (Armstrong, Westmoreland, and Allegheny, PA) recently announced his intention to introduce a bill calling for an open-ended moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania. The bill is extremely...more

9/20/2013 - Climate Action Plan Fracking Moratorium Oil & Gas

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