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California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 2014 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - Heat, drought worsen smog in California, stalling decades of progress: Los Angeles Times - Nov 10: Heat and extreme drought have worsened smog in California over the last year, stalling...more

The Shale Play Today - November 2014

In This Issue: - Latest Aboveground Storage Tank Act Developments: Interpretive Rule Adopted and Comments Filed on Draft Emergency Rule: On October 21, 2014, the West Virginia Department of Environmental...more

World’s Largest Cellulosic Biorefinery Opens

On October 17, 2014, Abengoa opened -- and DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz dedicated -- the world's largest cellulosic biorefinery in Hugoton, Kansas. This second generation cellulosic ethanol plant will process 1,000 tons of...more

Environmental Groups Seek to Derail Bakersfield Crude-by-Rail Project

A coalition of environmental groups has filed a lawsuit challenging Kern County’s approval of the first substantial oil-by-rail expansion project at a California refinery, alleging that the comprehensive Environmental Impact...more

Outstanding Design Flaws in California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

On January 1, 2013, California embarked on a grand experiment with the launch of the world’s most complex cap-and-trade program. Under this program, companies operating in California, such as food processors, power producers...more

$91 Million Loan Guarantee To Louisiana Biofuel Plant

On October 3, 2014, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announced that USDA reached an agreement with Silicon Valley Bank to provide a $91 million Biorefinery Assistance Program loan guarantee to Cool Planet for a biofuel plant in...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

Southwest Research Institute Announces Improved Circulating Fluidized Bed

A custom designed circulating fluidized bed (CFB) has been created so that engineers at Southwest Research Institute can convert crude oil and biofeedstocks into refined fuel samples for clients more efficiently than...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - Richmond approves massive Chevron refinery project with $90 million in community benefits: Contra Costa Times - Jul 30: Chevron's five year-plus quest to initiate a $1 billion upgrade...more

DOE Requests Information On Integrated Biorefinery Practices

On July 2, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Bioenergy Technology Office published in the Federal Register a "Request for Information (RFI) Regarding Integrated...more

EPA’s Next Generation Compliance Initiative – The Agency’s Latest Proposed Rule for Refineries Shows the Initiative in Action and...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a proposed rule that illustrates several of the agency’s Next Generation Compliance ideas in action. The proposed rule concerns hazardous air pollutant (HAP)...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - May 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus: U.S. officials cut estimate of recoverable Monterey Shale oil by 96% - Los Angeles Times - May 23: Federal energy authorities have slashed by 96 percent the estimated amount of...more

Texas Environmental Update

Gunnison Sage Grouse Continues Its Wobbly Path Toward Listing Energy Legal Blog, May 14, 2014 - Last week, the Gunnison Sage Grouse took another detour on its road to being listed under the Endangered Species Act...more

Environmental Alert: "EPA Proposes Further Controls for Refinery Emissions"

On May 15, 2014, EPA issued a proposed rule that would add additional emission control requirements for storage tanks, flares, and coking units at petroleum refineries. The proposal would also require additional fence line...more

Appeals Court Rules For EPA In Challenge To Its 2013 RFS Rule

On May 6, 2014, in what is largely seen as a win for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the biofuels industry, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected the challenge to EPA's...more

Leach Oil and Mouren-Laurens Oil Sites Add 1,300 New PRPs to Litigation

The Leach Oil Site and the Mouren-Laurens Oil Site are located adjacent to each other in Compton, California. These sites have been the subject of litigation between the current and former owners and operators for almost 15...more

Seventh Circuit Rejects Class Action Alleging Groundwater Contamination From Refinery Because Homeowners’ Claims Lack Commonality

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently reversed the certification of a class of property owners who alleged an Illinois refinery leaked potentially carcinogenic chemicals into their property and water...more

Legal Alert: EPA Issues Notice of Violation Alleging e-Biofuels, LLC Generated 33.5 Million Invalid RINs; EPA Plans to Seek Fines...

Today, December 18, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Notice of Violation (NOV) of the Clean Air Act’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to e-Biofuels, LLC and its parent company Imperial Petroleum,...more

Common legal issues affecting the refining industry

Some involvement with legal issues is inevitable for professionals, including individuals and the companies for whom they work. But too often, companies — their management, their personnel, and their counsel — accept the...more

Law Suit Against U.P. Cellulosic Bio Refinery Dismissed

In December 2011 a local Michigan resident and the Sierra Club filed a court action against the Mascoma cellulosic ethanol plant (Frontier Renewable Resources) planned for Kinross Charter Township in Chippewa County. The...more

Mexico's Upcoming Energy Reform: Opportunities, Limitations, and Challenges

Mexico's hydrocarbons sector will not be overhauled under Mexico's new President Enrique Peña Nieto to the point of the State losing ownership and control of the resource, but reforms that offer new business opportunities are...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

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