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Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017 #3

Department of Interior Rescinds OSM Enforcement Policies - On October 12, 2017, the Department of the Interior ("DOI") withdrew two prior Office of Surface Mining ("OSM") policies affecting mining operations. DOI rescinded...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017 #2

EPA Moves to Repeal Obama's Clean Power Plan Coal Regs - "EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Monday that the Trump administration is moving to scrap the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration's signature...more

Window On Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Issue 29

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Hurricane Supplemental Includes $29B for Disaster Aid and Flood Insurance: Of the $29B, the National Flood Insurance Program will receive $16B to pay flood claims. The House plans to pass the bill next week and the Senate the...more

What’s New in the Methane Debate?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Occasionally we visit issues larger than one-off courthouse decisions. Here are a few selected stories on the extent to which fracking contributes to rising levels of methane and, maybe, to climate change. There are...more

Court Vacates EPA Stay of Methane Emissions Final Rule

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently held that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lacked authority under the Clean Air Act (CAA) to stay a final rule concerning methane and other...more

New Wave of Climate Change Related Litigation Focuses on Industry

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Climate change related cases are on the rise nationwide, just like sea water levels. In fact, according to a United Nations study released in May 2017, the U.S. has three times more climate change litigation cases than the...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - September 2017

Groundbreaking Held for New Methanol Plant in Kanawha County, West Virginia - "US Methanol expects it will open its first American facility, Liberty One, in mid-2018, which will be capable of producing 200,000 metric tons...more

Hurricane Harvey Client Alert: Addressing Environmental Releases and Obligations

by Morgan Lewis on

As the cleanup begins, companies face challenges in meeting existing environmental obligations and addressing the environmental impacts of the storm....more

Off-Specification Used Oil: July 27th U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Interpretive Letter

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) addressed in a July 27th letter various requests regarding off-specification (“Off-Spec”) used oil....more

Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

House Science, Space and Technology — Subcommittee on Environment and Subcommittee on Oversight joint hearing on “Examining the Scientific and Operational Integrity of EPA’s IRIS (Integrated Risk Information System)...more

Federal Appeals Court Limits U.S. EPA’s General Waiver Authority under the Renewable Fuel Standards Program

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In a recent decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit determined that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) wrongly invoked its general waiver authority and set the volumes for...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

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2018 AG Elections- Democrat Amy Padden Announces Bid for Colorado Attorney General- Democrat Amy Padden, former Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney and Law Enforcement Coordinator for the District of Colorado, announced...more

Appeals Court Thwarts Trump Effort to Stall Implementation of Methane Rules

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Although the fight remains ongoing, a recent U.S. Court of Appeals decision requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately enforce Obama-era rules intended to reduce emissions from new oil and gas...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Reversing course, EPA will not delay an Obama ozone rule - Washington Post - Aug 3 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reversed its effort to delay Obama...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - July 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Legislature extends state's cap-and-trade program in rare bipartisan effort to address climate change - Los Angeles Times - Jul 17 - California lawmakers voted Monday...more

Oil Regulation 2017 - United States

Describe, in general terms, the key commercial aspects of the oil sector in your country. The US oil industry is divided into three sectors: upstream (exploration and production), midstream (processing, storage and...more

D.C. Circuit Vacates Portions of EPA's Definition of Solid Waste Rule

On July 7, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (the D.C. Circuit) vacated portions of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2015 rule on the Definition of Solid Waste (the...more

D.C. Circuit Rejects Trump EPA’s Delay of Methane Reduction Rules

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On July 3, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia dealt a blow to the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back Obama-era environmental regulations, ruling that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...more

Indian Country Should Defend Environmental Protections

Doing exactly what he promised to do throughout his campaign, Donald Trump has been rolling back Obama-era environmental regulations since his first full day in office when he issued an executive order to expedite approval of...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - July 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Supreme Court upholds restrictions on Encinitas seawall - San Diego Union-Tribune - Jul 6 - The California Supreme Court dealt a blow Thursday to two coastal property...more

Methane Rule Can’t Be Paused, But Maybe It Can Be Stopped

This week, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (DC Circuit) vacated the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 90-day stay of an Obama-era rule regulating methane emissions from oil and...more

NGOs 1, Trump EPA 0: The First Skirmish in the Great Environmental Rollback War Goes to the Greens

Earlier this week, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals handed environmentalists at least a temporary win in what I think was the first case to reach judicial decision in Scott Pruitt’s great environmental roll-back tour of...more

EPA’s Issuance of a 90-Day Stay of the New Methane Rule Was Unlawful

On July 3, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held, in a 2 to 1 decision, that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lacked authority under the Clean Air Act (CAA) to issue a temporary stay of its new...more

Environmental Groups and States Are Challenging EPA’s Stay of Oil and Gas Well Methane Rule

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

Several environmental organizations have petitioned the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and moved to block EPA from implementing a 90-day administrative stay of the New Source Performance Standards covering methane emissions...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - June 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - EPA to reduce staffing by more than 1,200 this summer - Washington Post - Jun 20 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans on shedding more than 1,200 employees by...more

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