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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Oil & Gas

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - May 2018 #3

Study Finds No Evidence of Groundwater Contamination Attributable to Natural Gas Development - "A multi-year study conducted by researchers at the University of Cincinnati, and partly funded by organizations opposed to...more

Energy Newsletter - May 2018

by King & Spalding on

Courts Hold Clean Water Act Regulates Discharges through Groundwater, as Congress and Regulators Consider Responses - The Ninth Circuit and Fourth Circuit have joined a growing number of lower courts finding that the...more

Southern California Environmental Update – New Air Quality And Oil & Gas Regulatory Developments

Our latest post provides updates on environmental and legal developments in Los Angeles and adjacent counties, as well as the Southern San Joaquin Valley. We welcome your comments and contributions....more

California Court of Appeal Approves Environmental Analysis for Oil Refinery Propane Recovery Project

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Rodeo Citzens Ass’n v. County of Contra Costa, California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Three, Case No. A151184 (March 20, 2018). CEQA Case Report: Understanding the Judicial Landscape for Development...more

EPA Modifies Source Determination Test; Narrows Common Control Criteria

Earlier this week, on April 30, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) quietly modified its source determination test that is used to determine whether emissions from nearby and closely related sources should be...more

California Air and Climate, Vol. 1: Bay Area Methane; CARB Bans Refrigerants, Implements Community Air Protection and Approves...

by Downey Brand LLP on

BAAQMD Developing Rules to Regulate Methane Emission - The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (“BAAQMD”), as part of its Methane Strategy, is pursuing rules to address methane emissions from several source...more

FERC Opens Notice of Inquiry for Review of Natural Gas Pipeline Policies

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has unanimously voted to open a new Notice of Inquiry seeking input on whether – and, if so, how – it should update its existing policies and procedures for reviewing and issuing...more

Colorado Energy Companies Sued for Climate Change Impacts

by Holland & Hart LLP on

Last week, Boulder made good on its threat to file a lawsuit seeking potentially billions of dollars from energy producers based on the effects of climate change. The city and county of Boulder, along with San Miguel...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Welcome to the new format of the Tracker! Because many of our readers have interests in a wide variety of environmental fields, we have expanded our coverage. While we will no longer be including summaries, we will now...more

Another Federal Court in California Grants Remand of Climate Change Litigation

by Jones Day on

The Situation: In what may have further muddied the waters of the viability of the recent U.S.-filed state law climate change litigation against industry, a second federal court in San Francisco has granted remand of three of...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - March 2018 #4

Trump Prepared to Hit China with $60 Billion in Annual Tariffs - "President Trump is preparing to impose a package of $60 billion in annual tariffs against Chinese products, following through on a longtime threat that he...more

Oil and Natural Gas Sector/Clean Air Act New Source Performance Standards: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Final Rule...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) in a March 12 Federal Register notice promulgated a final rule which encompassed revisions to the Clean Air Act New Source Performance Standards (“NSPS”) for the oil...more

Industry Wins First Round in California Climate Change Litigation

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Yesterday, a California federal district court dealt a serious blow to two California cities’ climate change lawsuits against several major oil and gas companies. Judge William Alsup issued an order denying the plaintiffs’...more

BLM Changes Policy; A Court Says Its Reasons Aren’t Good Enough

As I’ve noted previously, the fight over the Trump Administration’s effort to change course on a number of Obama environmental initiatives is going to focus in significant part on FCC v. Fox Television Stations, in which the...more

Trump Administration Rolls Back Climate Change Initiatives

As expected, the Trump administration has been actively engaged in efforts to reverse the federal government’s regulatory direction with respect to climate change. In 2017, President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw...more

Sustainable Development Update - January 2018 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - San Diego Padres’ solar project expected to be a home run - Solar Industry Magazine - Jan 18 California-based Sullivan Solar Power has begun construction on what is expected to be the...more

Recently Introduced Bill Takes New Approach to Reach Familiar Goal in California

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Over the past decade, California has passed sweeping legislation to cut greenhouse emissions in its efforts to slash emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050. Phil Ting, a California Assemblymember, hopes his recently...more

San Joaquin Valley Oil and Gas Operators Take Note: New Emission Rules and Compliance Deadlines

In March 2017, the California Air Resources Board (“ARB”) adopted regulations for Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for Crude Oil and Natural Gas Facilities (“Methane Regulations”), which impose emission controls for oil and...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - January 2018 - Issue 2

Ohio Supreme Court Joins Texas and Oklahoma in Holding the State Does Not Recognize a Separate Implied Covenant to Explore Further - "We conclude that Ohio does not recognize an 'implied covenant to explore further'...more

Trump’s Busy Year on Energy and the Environment

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

During his first year in Washington, President Trump made his mark on energy and environmental issues by issuing executive orders (EOs), proclamations, and presidential memoranda. Seeking to undo regulations enacted during...more

Closing Out 2017, EPA, BLM and BSEE Provide Public Notice of Significant Regulatory Actions

Public notice of some very significant regulatory actions has been provided in the waning days of 2017. 1. On December 28, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - December 2017 #3

Trump Delivers a Mixed Message on His National Security Approach - "In another shift from his predecessor, Mr. Trump's strategy does not recognize the changing climate as a threat to national security. The document instead...more

Diesel Emission Reduction: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Announces Grant Availability

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) issued a December 14th news release stating it is accepting submissions for the Reduce Emissions from Diesels program (also known as the Go RED! program.)...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - December 2017

WV DEP Waives Clean Water Act Authority Over Atlantic Coast Pipeline - "The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection waived the state's authority under the federal Clean Water Act to determine if another major...more

Association of Irritated Residents v. Kern County: Temporary Shutdown Does Not Reset the Baseline for CEQA Environmental Analysis

On November 21, the California Fifth District Court of Appeal issued its decision in Association of Irritated Residents v. Kern County Board of Supervisors, 2017 WL 5590096, a challenge to the County’s Environmental Impact...more

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