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In New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection v. Dimant, 212 N.J. 153 (2012), the New Jersey Supreme Court held that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) must establish, by a preponderance of the...more
On November 15, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that BP Exploration and Production Inc. (BP) has agreed to plead guilty to a 14-count criminal information and pay a record $4 billion in criminal fines and...more
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently rejected claims that radon in Marcellus Shale natural gas would lead to thousands of lung cancer deaths. These claims arose from FERC’s May 21, 2012 grant of a...more
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn recently signed a bill passed in the General Assembly,...more
In the year following the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, research scientists have concluded that all methane from the spill was metabolized by bacteria, resulting in essentially no release of the greenhouse gas to the atmosphere,...more
The second anniversary of the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill highlights the big legal risks that come from an oil spill, whether at wells such as BP’s Macondo well, or at pipelines, terminals, storage tanks, or on...more
Owners of land on which petroleum underground storage tanks are located are responsible for the cleanup of gasoline released (In re Huntington and Kildare Inc. v. Grannis, N. Y. App. Div., No. 512100, 11/3/11). Huntington and...more
BP accused Halliburton of destroying evidence that could be important in the litigation over responsibility for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (In re: Oil Spill, E.D. La., No. 2:10-md-2179, 12/5/11). BP questioned whether a...more
From landowners to environmentalists, there is a great deal of concern over the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing to groundwater; the water that many of us drink. When we consider several geologic factors in...more
The paper discusses the existing federal laws and regulations and proposed federal laws which apply to hydraulic fracturing activities as well as current studies and enforcement actions concerning the same. The paper also...more
Clearly, British Petroleum should pay the cost of cleaning up the oil spill, and our government should investigate what caused this occurrence so as to prevent future calamities.
However, even if oil will not be splashing...more
As of this writing, the April 20, 2010, BP Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico appears to be contained and well sealed. After several failed attempts to cap the 5,000-foot deep well, BP...more
As reported in previous Dinsmore & Shohl Legal Alerts, the December 2008 breach of a coal ash impoundment at the Tennessee Valley Authority's facility in Kingston, Tennessee resulted in the spill of over 5 million cubic yards...more
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