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Environmental Notes - May 2015

In this Issue: - Virginia’s Draft State Water Resources Plan - Frequent Questions: Form R Part II - Manufacturers and Temporary Workers - Farms and the Water Resources Reform and Development Act...more

Supreme Court’s Perez Decision Shines the Light on Federal Agencies’ Authority to Use “Interpretations” (Often called Shadow...

Over the last three decades, federal agencies have increasingly used “interpretations” to “explain” what a formal regulation means, rather than to go through the more expensive, complicated and slow process of changing the...more

‘Here We Go Again’: Oil and Gas Sector to Face New Regs in 2015

Tracking regulatory changes in the oil and gas industry is no minor undertaking. After all, when someone speaks of “the oil and gas industry,” that person isn’t simply referencing some narrowly defined zone of activity;...more

Clean Jobs Coalition Calls For Updated Renewable Energy Laws In Illinois

On February 4, 2015, the newly formed Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called for an update of the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) that was put into place in 2007. ...more

Broader Regulation of Offshore Contractors on Horizon

On November 12, 2014 the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) strongly signaled a forthcoming review of its offshore facility decommissioning regulations and regulatory authority over contactors. While the...more

The Shale Play Today - January 2015

In This Issue: - Enforcing a "Fair Day's Pay" - What Can You Do in the Face of This Initiative? - Pennsylvania Finds Naturally Occurring Radiation from Gas Drilling Poses Little Threat - Washington County...more

Saskatchewan Prime Contractor Regulations Coming into Force January 1, 2015

On January 1, 2015, The Occupational Health and Safety (Prime Contractor) Regulations will come into force in Saskatchewan (the Prime Contractor Regulations). If you are doing business in Saskatchewan, you should...more

Joint Committee’s Report on Energy Tax Incentives Misses the Mark on Green Jobs

The Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) on September 16 published a report analyzing federal energy tax incentives. The report is available below. The report is generally insightful; however, it has a misguided job-creation...more

California Proposes Major Changes to Refinery PSM Standard

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has proposed a new Process Safety Management standard for oil refineries (the "Refinery PSM Standard"). The proposal, which is a precursor to formal notice and comment...more

EPA Outlines Options Under Consideration for Risk Management Program Modernization – Will the "Safety Case" Model Cross the Pond?

On July 31, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a request for information (RFI) on changes the Agency is considering for its Risk Management Program (RMP) accident prevention regulations under section...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly’s Short Session began Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed weekly to keep you up to date on the latest legislative issues facing the...more

Growing Michigan - Second Quarter 2014

For decades, the Environmental Protection Agency has been charged with administering the United States Clean Water Act. One question that has bedeviled farmers, business owners and individuals – as well as judges and lawyers...more

From Second and State: Session Preview

After a three-week break for the primary election and the Memorial Day holiday, the House and Senate will reconvene on Monday and continue with session days on Tuesday and Wednesday next week. With less than a month to go...more

Department of Defense Renewable Energy Program - Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities

Orrick and Clean Energy Pipeline have launched a series of reports dedicated to exploring investment opportunities and challenges in the U.S. renewable energy sector. In this first issue, we analyze the exciting investment...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

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

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

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

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

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