Thomas Puchner

Thomas Puchner

Phillips Lytle LLP

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Appeals Court Dismisses Legal Challenge to New York RGGI Program

This week, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department (“Third Department” or “Court”), issued a memorandum decision in the case of Thrun v. Cuomo, dismissing a legal challenge to New York’s involvement...more

12/9/2013 - Carbon Emissions Energy Greenhouse Gas Emissions Oil & Gas Power Plants

Lawsuits Over Hydraulic Fracturing SGEIS Imminent: Joint Landowners Threaten Suit Before Year End

It appears that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) will very likely face multiple legal challenges to its long-delayed issuance of a final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement...more

12/6/2013 - Department of Environmental Conservation Department of Health Environmental Claims Fracking SGEIS

New EPA Administrator Touts The Benefits of Natural Gas

Newly confirmed EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy recently delivered a speech on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating jobs in the energy industry. According to Energy In Depth, her remarks included the statement...more

8/21/2013 - EPA Gina McCarthy Greenhouse Gas Emissions Natural Gas

The EPA’s Updated RE-Powering Mapper

As part of its RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative (“RE-Powering Initiative”), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has released an updated RE-Powering Mapper (“Mapper”) tool to assist with...more

8/9/2013 - Contaminated Properties Energy EPA Infrastructure Landfills Mining

Appeals Court Upholds Drilling Bans

In twin decisions handed down today, the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department upheld two local zoning laws that prohibit activities related to oil and gas development (commonly referred to as “hydraulic...more

5/3/2013 - Fracking Fracking Bans Oil & Gas

Unconventional Compromises on Natural Gas Regulation

While New York’s natural gas resources remain locked down between perpetual regulatory limbo and extreme polarization among interest groups, recent events have proven that compromise is possible....more

3/25/2013 - Fracking Natural Gas Shale Gas

DEC Groundhog Sees Shadow - More Delay for New York Natural Gas Development - But Permits for High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing May...

Like the famous Punxsutawney Phil seeing his shadow, DEC has not timely emerged from its long-running study of environmental and health impacts of High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (“HVHF”), suggesting that there will be at...more

2/14/2013 - Fracking Natural Gas Permits

DEC Commissioner Suggests SGEIS May Be Delayed...Again

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) Commissioner, Joseph Martens, spoke to legislators about his agency’s 2013-2014 budget on Monday. During the sometimes-feisty hearing, legislators peppered...more

2/11/2013 - Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Impact Report Fracking SGEIS

Earth Matters - October 2012

In This Issue: - Updated Siting Process for Power Plants in New York - Sustainability in Leasing Series – Part I: The Green Rider - Sustainability in Leasing Series – Part II: The Green Lease Policy Statement &...more


Earth Matters - October 2012: Save the Pine Bush Revisited: Appellate Court Provides a Common Sense Limitation

In the August 2010 issue of Earth Matters, we reported on the Court of Appeals’ decision in Matter of Save the Pine Bush v. Common Council of City of Albany, 13 N.Y.3d 297 (2009) (“Save the Pine Bush”), which liberalized the...more


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