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Wash Those Sediments Right Outta Your RAO! NJDEP Releases New RAO Notice

Last week, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) announced a new Response Action Outcome (RAO) Notice, which allows Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRPs) to issue an RAO for a site with...more

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Enjoins Selected Provisions of Recently-Promulgated Oil and Natural Gas Regulations

On November 8, 2016, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court issued an opinion (78a Injunction) enjoining eight provisions (or portions thereof) of the newly-promulgated unconventional oil and natural gas regulations found at 25...more

ICYMI: Energy & Environmental News Round-up

Oil & Gas - New Oil and Gas Emission Control Guidelines Posted - On Thursday, October 20, 2016, EPA published emission control techniques guidelines for the oil and gas industry regarding reducing smog-forming...more

FDEP Emergency Rule Expands Pollution Notifications, Creating Significant New Requirements for Facilities and Landowners in...

On September 26, 2016, as directed by Governor Rick Scott, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Secretary Jon Steverson issued an emergency rule (62ER16-01) that established new, expanded requirements for...more

Pennsylvania’s New Oil and Gas Regulations for Unconventional Wells – Part 1: Planning and Permitting

The new rules for unconventional oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania are finally here. The regulations in Chapter 78a, relating to unconventional wells, were publish ed in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on October 8, 2016....more

New Florida Pollution Incident Reporting Rule

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently issued as a final, effective emergency order a new pollution incident public reporting rule: 62-4.161, Florida Administrative Code. In short, the crux of the...more

Court “Un-Laches” Backdoor Defense to Spill Act?

After the NJ Supreme Court Finally Closed the Door on The Statute of Limitations Defense To NJ Spill Act Contribution Claims, Laches Emerges as a Possible Backdoor Defense. The Bergen County Superior Court issued a...more

Unconventional Natural Gas Operators – What You Need to Know about New Deadlines and Reporting Requirements under Pennsylvania’s...

Final environmental regulations for unconventional natural gas wells (Chapter 78a Regulations) were published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin (Bulletin) and immediately enforceable on October 8, 2016. The Chapter 78a Regulations...more

An Update on Pennsylvania's Oil and Gas Law - Act 13 - After Supreme Court Decisions

While many key provisions of Act 13 have now been struck down by the Supreme Court’s two Robinson decisions, much of the Act remains. Act 13 of 2012 represented a major overhaul of Pennsylvania’s oil and gas law and...more

Robinson Township v. Commonwealth – Is Any of Act 13 Left?

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck four additional portions of Act 13 of 2012 in its much anticipated second decision in the Robinson Twp. v. Com. litigation (Robinson IV) on September 28, 2016. While the decision and its...more

We Meant What We Said: Pa. Supreme Court Issues Latest Decision in Robinson Township

On September 28, 2016, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued its latest decision in Robinson Township v. Commonwealth. Link to decision HA Doc. 241394 This latest iteration of Robinson Township (referred to by the Court as...more

The Saga of Pennsylvania's Act 13 Comes to an End

With a bang, rather than a whimper, the saga of Pennsylvania’s Act 13 appears to have finally come to an end. On September 28, 2016, nearly three years after giving teeth to the long-dormant environmental rights amendment to...more

Pennsylvania Federal Court Decides a Novel CERCLA Issue: When Is the Current Owner Not the Current Owner?

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued a decision on an aspect of CERCLA for which it found almost no prior court precedent – the temporal aspect of the term “current owner or operator” –...more

Florida Department of Environmental Protection Adopts Emergency Rule Imposing New Notice Requirements

In response to the storm-related sewage and sinkhole-related discharges at the Mosaic facility in Mulberry, Florida, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) published two rulemaking notices on September 27, both...more

MassDEP: The Rising Tide May Steal Your Development Rights

Does a pile field exist if it’s covered at high tide? MassDEP seems to think not. Through the Commonwealth’s Chapter 91 program, MassDEP regulates what can be built over tidelands. In last week’s Environmental...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Community Health Options to Focus on Maine by Leaving New Hampshire In 2017, New Hampshire...more

Worth Another Look: Electric Vehicle Fees

In January of 2016, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) published a list of the top ten issues that will be before state legislatures across the nation this year. Since Pennsylvania will close out the...more

Dark Clouds Have Silver Lining for Permit Holders

If there's any good news in a hurricane or tropical storm, this is it: an officially declared state of emergency that allows permit-holders to extend their permits, as well as certain other government authorizations. Not only...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House (August 26, 2016)

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Maine Home to New National Monument - Utilizing powers granted to presidents under the...more

Third Circuit Rejects Challenges to State Environmental Permits for Transco’s Pipeline Expansion Project

On August 8, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit released an opinion rejecting several challenges to environmental permits and authorizations granted by environmental regulatory agencies in New Jersey and...more

Worth Another Look: The Clean Power Plan

In January of 2016, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) published a list of the top 10 issues that will be before state legislatures across the nation this year. With little expected on the legislative front...more

Finally…..The Final Aboveground Storage Tank and Horizontal Well Rules

In March 2016, we predicted that the Aboveground Storage Tank Act (“AST Act”) and changes to the Natural Gas Horizontal Well Control Act (“Horizontal Well Act”) legislative rules would be approved by the West Virginia...more

Weekend Roundup of Environmental and Regulatory Law Developments

Recently there have been some interesting developments in environmental and regulatory law, including litigation, administrative and regulatory actions, and legislation. I’ve provided you with a little lite reading to ease...more

2016 Environmental Legislation Makes Needed Improvements to Environmental Cleanup Programs

On April 6, 2016, Governor Scott approved legislation which makes much needed improvements and modifications to several existing environmental cleanup programs in Florida including the Petroleum Restoration Program and the...more

Under the Dome Special Edition: 2016 Summary of New Maine Laws

We are pleased to share our 2016 Summary of New Maine Laws enacted during the Second Regular Session of Maine's 127th Legislature, which adjourned sine die April 29, 2016. We provide you this summary to help you stay...more

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