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Study Suggests EPA Underestimated Natural Gas Methane Emissions, But Not for Fracking, and EPA Releases Study Examining Fracking...

In several recent studies on methane emissions relating to the natural gas industry, scientists concluded that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) underestimated the quantity of methane the industry releases to the...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds Power Plant Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

The D.C. Circuit has upheld a 2012 EPA rule limiting air toxics emissions from coal- and oil-fired power plants. The rule, commonly known as the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, or “MATS,” requires new and existing coal-...more

ExxonMobil Admits Climate Change Is Real. It also Imposes an Internal Cost on Carbon. Still Not Enough to Get Any Love From the...

Last week, in response to shareholder requests that it disclose information regarding how climate change might affect it in the future, ExxonMobil released two reports, one titled Energy and Climate, and one titled Energy and...more

Obama Administration Targets Oil & Gas Industry in Methane Reduction Strategy

On March 28, the Obama Administration unveiled a new Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, as part of the President’s overall Climate Action Plan. Methane is the second largest source of greenhouse gases, after carbon...more

Texas Environmental Update

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

Ninth Circuit Denies Rehearing of Clean Air Act Suit and War of Words Ensues

On February 3, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit declined to rehear en banc a decision handed down last October by a three-judge panel, thereby leaving in place a decision that could significantly...more

EPA May Rely — In Part — on Projects Funded Under the Energy Policy Act to Justify the Greenhouse Gas NSPS. That’s Its Story and...

As those following EPA’s efforts to promulgate NSPS for greenhouse gas emissions from new fossil fuel-fired electric generating plants know, EPA has come under fire for basing its proposal on demonstrations of feasibility at...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - January 31, 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus: Ninth Circuit debates application of dormant Commerce Clause - CourtHouse News - Jan 22: A Ninth Circuit appellate panel’s rejection of a challenge to the “life-cycle analysis” approach...more

Capital Thinking: Energy

HOUSE ENERGY COMMITTEE APPROVES BILL TO LIMIT EPA GHG REGULATORY AUTHORITY - On Tuesday, January 28, the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to favorably report H.R. 3826, the “Electricity Security and...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - January 2014

Gov. Brown wants to use cap-and-trade fees to fund high speed rail project - Insurance For Less - Jan 8: Gov. Jerry Brown announced plans to provide new funding for California’s high speed rail project from corporate...more

EPA’s Proposed NSPS Rule for GHGs Is Finally Published in the Federal Register; I’m Still Skeptical

EPA’s Proposed New Source Performance Standards for greenhouse gas emissions from new sources was finally published in the Federal Register on Wednesday. At least fundamentally, it seems unchanged from the proposal released...more

EPA Publishes Proposed Greenhouse Gas Standards for New Power Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published its proposed standards of performance for greenhouse gases emitted from new electric utility steam generating units and stationary combustion turbines on January 8, 2014,...more

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

The World Energy Outlook Report 2013: A Review of the Recalibration of Global Energy Demand Over the Next 20 Years

The International Energy Agency (IEA) World Energy Outlook Report 2013 (the “Report”), which was published last week, projects that global energy demand is likely to increase by one third by 2035 with low carbon energy...more

Texas Environmental Update - December 4, 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

Despite Bell, State Law CO2 Liability Claims Are Doomed

“Therefore, the court declines to assert supplemental jurisdiction over the remaining state law claims which are dismissed without prejudice to their presentation in a state court action.” So ends the last analytical...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

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - October 28, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus -- Greenhouse Gas Dispute Dismissed Over Lack of Standing to Sue - CourtHouse News - Oct 17: Environmental groups lack standing to challenge the Washington state Ecology Department's...more

SCOTUS Review of GHG Regulations – Opportunity for the Oil and Gas Sector?

The Supreme Court announced this week that it would review the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to regulate “greenhouse gases” (GHGs) under the Clean Air Act. While the Court accepted six petitions for...more

TRANSACTIONAL: Corporate / London: UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change introduces charges for oil, gas, and carbon...

In June, the UK government implemented the Gas and Petroleum (Consents) Charges Regulations 2013 (the "Regulations"). The Regulations permit the UK government's Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to charge fees...more

Climate Change and the Future Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the United States: President Obama Introduces New Climate...

On June 25, 2013, President Obama released his Climate Action Plan (the Plan) detailing the current administration's comprehensive strategy to address climate change....more

President Obama's Action Plan on Climate Change and Its Relevance for the United Arab Emirates

The Patton Boggs Climate Change, Energy and Resources practices, in conjunction with a number of international consultancies, can help companies take advantage of the opportunities the international component of the...more

President Obama's Action Plan on Climate Change and Its Relevance for Qatar

On Tuesday, June 25, President Barack Obama presented his Administration’s 21- page Action Plan on climate change. The Plan synergizes with both the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the Qatar National Development Strategy 2011...more

President Obama's Action Plan on Climate Change and Its Relevance for Saudi Arabia

On Tuesday, June 25, President Barack Obama presented his Administration’s 21- page Action Plan on climate change. The President committed the United States to cutting greenhouse gases to the range of 17 percent...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - May 9, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - Gov. Brown joins move to rewrite California's Prop. 65 - The Sacramento Bee - May 7: Gov. Jerry Brown is throwing his weight behind a push to update Proposition 65, California's defense...more

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