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Legislative Update Report No. 2013-21 -- Nov 12, 2013

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more

The Real Cost of Doing Business - Fracking Industry May Feel a Big Hit from OSHA's Proposed Silica Exposure Rule

In early September, OSHA issued a proposed rule that will limit permissible exposure to 50 micrograms of respirable crystalline silica per cubic meter of air. (See September 9, 2013 post.) This is approximately half of the...more

Texas Environmental Update - October 2013

We are pleased to provide you with this issue of Bracewell's Texas Environmental Update, offering the latest news about permitting, enforcement, regulatory developments, and other matters of interest to the regulated...more

Court Decision Emphasizes the Importance of a Preventive System in Discharging Environmental and Health and Safety Obligations

In a recent decision, the Ontario Court of Justice convicted Sunrise Propane Energy Group Inc. and 1367229 Ontario Inc. (the Companies), and their directors, Shay Ben-Moshe and Valery Belahov (the Directors), of multiple...more

OSHA Proposes Silica Rule Affecting Fracking Workers

Last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed a rule to decrease the permissible exposure limits (PELs) for crystalline silica. OSHA indicated that the inhalation of silica dust can increase...more

DISPUTE RESOLUTION: Oil & Gas Litigation: New Rule Proposed By OSHA Regarding Silica Exposure Likely To Impact Fracking And...

On August 23, 2013, OSHA issued a News Release stating it is proposing a new rule reducing exposure limits for silica aimed at curbing lung cancer, silicosis, and other diseases. The permissible exposure levels under the new...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2013-10 -- May 24, 2013

In This Update: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more

Alabama Legislative Update – Week 11: As Deadline Nears, Action Increases in Both Senate and House

Momentum is growing in the legislature as the clock ticks toward adjournment. Emotions ran high as legislators worked well into the night during a demanding three-day legislative week. While several significant pieces of...more

Bureau Of Safety And Environmental Enforcement Announces New Rule For Safety And Environmental Management Systems

In an effort to reduce the occurrence of accidents, injuries and spills during oil and gas activities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) of the U.S. Department of...more

The Shale Play Today - January 2013

In This Issue: - Dept. of Labor Wage & Hour Enforcement to Focus on Shale Employers - Spilman Assists in Transition of Site from Steelmaking to Shale Gas - Natural Gas Fueling Stations Coming to I-79 in W. Va. and...more

Skadden's 2013 Insights: Regulatory

Communications Law: The Relentless Pursuit of Broadband Competition - As the Obama administration enters its second term, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) is one of many federal agencies likely...more

Patton Boggs Insights - December 2012: Chemical Safety Board: Roundup of Current CSB Investigations

At least six incidents are currently under investigation by CSB. A fire in August at a Chevron refinery in Richmond, CA involved the release of a flammable vapor....more

Patton Boggs Insights - December 2012: Enforcement: Refineries Hit With Big Penalties After Incidents

A one-two punch by government regulators has resulted in fines totaling more than a half million dollars against Sinclair Wyoming Refinery Co.’s refinery. Federal and state OSHA authorities slapped the company with $215,000...more

Post Election Update

CONTENTS: -Overview and Takeaways -Consumer Product Safety -Defense -Electric Transmission -Energy and Environment -Environmental Enforcement -Financial Services -Labor, Employment and Human...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2012-14 -- August 1, 2012

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and...more

The Canadian Oil Sands - A Backgrounder: Challenges

Oil sands projects and developers are exposed to various risks and challenges, including: • Cost Overruns and Delays. Many oil sands projects have encountered cost overruns and delays. Historically, some fully...more

The Canadian Oil Sands - A Backgrounder: Current Issues in the Oil Sands

Underutilized U.S. Refining Capacity and Transportation - Figures released by the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) indicate that utilization rates at major U.S. crude processing plants are low – the...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2012-02 - January 30, 2012

In This Article: Federal Government Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Newfoundland Northwest Territories Nova...more

California, Colorado and Arizona Lead the Nation in Total Solar Jobs Nationally as Renewable Energy Sector Soars

While the construction industry has suffered tremendously over the last few years, one bright spot has been renewable energy. The Solar Foundation recently released its Solar Jobs Census for 2011, reporting that U.S. solar...more

New York's Solar Jobs Act May Boost Returns on Solar R&D

Considering the current climate of hostility toward renewable energy in the wake of the Solyndra debacle, it may come as a surprise that in general, renewable energy remains a strong investment. To place the return...more

Florida Water Management District Swiftly Cuts Budget With 120+ Employee Bailouts, Does This Really Hurt the Everglades?

The South Florida Water Management District was quick to put together a buyout package for its employees after the Florida Legislature's big budgetary cutbacks were signed into law by Governor Scott last month. Facing a big...more

The Truth About Proposition 23

On November 2, 2010, Californians will cast a vote on Proposition 23 (the "California Jobs Initiative") and decide whether or not to suspend AB 32, also known as the "Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006." The legislature...more

Energy and Environment Update - May 9 2010

In This Issue: *Energy and Climate Legislation *Senate ..Senators Oppose Onshore Drilling Reform ..Energy Committee Approves Amendments ..Legislation Introduced ..Upcoming Hearings *House ..House Passes Home Star...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 19, 2010

IN THIS ISSUE: *Rooftop solar installations growing faster than utility-scale solar *Renewable Energy Focus ..California's utilities won't be able to meet 2010 state RPS:researchers *Geothermal industry has high...more

Green Building Update - April 16, 2009

IN THIS ISSUE: *L.A. law to boost green jobs *Green Building Focus ..CoStar study wins award ..Report: LEED-EB lowering operating costs *CA's green home construction laws *DOE launches CREEA *Maine approves green...more

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