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HTMLLet's Just Kick Them While They Are Down
John B. King; Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 21, 2016, previously published on April 2016
The oil and gas sector is suffering from the recent reduction in prices. Lower prices mean fewer wells being drilled, reduced employment in the sector and a slowly diminishing production rate. However, the problems facing the oil and gas industry have not deterred the Environmental Protection...


HTMLClimate Change Related Pieces in Federal Budget
Michael R. Barrett, Matthew Peters; Bennett Jones LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 19, 2016, previously published on March 29, 2016
Finance Minister Bill Morneau's first federal budget includes many of the environmental initiatives the Liberals raised in their election platform. The federal government's approach is to infuse environmental concepts into a broad range of policy initiatives. This update will highlight certain...


HTMLChain of Responsibility Reforms Set to Overhaul Liability for Environmental Clean-Ups in Queensland
Brett Heading, James I. Parker, Tony Wassaf; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
April 14, 2016, previously published on March 2016
The mining and resources downturn is bringing forward the closure of many of Australia's ageing smelters, steelworks, power stations and mines and their corresponding environmental rehabilitation obligations. Often, the owners of those assets lack the financial ability to cover their statutory...


HTMLUpdating The Biotechnology Mission For The Bioeconomy
Martha E. Marrapese; Keller and Heckman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 14, 2016, previously published on March 15, 2016
What is the bioeconomy? The February 2016 Federal Activities Report on the Bioeconomy describes it as a loose-knit, diverse group of commercial activities with their common frame of reference being the deployment of renewable resources — plants, trees and vegetation — to make useful...


Adobe PDFRevisiting the New Jersey Superior Court’s Approval of Exxon Mobil’s NRD Settlement: A Closer Look at Large Natural Resource Damage Calculations
Daniel Flynn; Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 13, 2016, previously published on April 2016
The decision by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to settle an $8.9 billion natural resource damage (NRD) claim for $225 million generated understandable controversy due to the size of the discount.


Adobe PDFA Practical Understanding of the Polymer Exemption
Thomas C. Berger, Rhys G. Daniels, Matthew B. Harney, Adrienne M. Timmel; Keller and Heckman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 30, 2016, previously published on March 14, 2016
The polymer exemption at 40 C.F.R. § 723.250 exempts qualifying polymers from the premanufacture notification requirements of section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), (40 C.F.R. § 720). To implement the exemption persons need only internally and in writing certify compliance...


HTMLWoodfibre LNG Receives Favorable Environmental Decision
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 22, 2016, previously published on March 21, 2016
The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced that the proposed Woodfibre LNG export terminal (Woodfibre), located near Squamish, British Columbia, is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. The Environmental Assessment...


HTMLEnvironmental Assessment for Petronas’ LNG Export Terminal Extended for Three Months
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 22, 2016, previously published on March 21, 2016
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) has been granted a three month extension to review new information and complete its environmental assessment for the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG (PNWLNG) export terminal near Lelu Island, British Columbia. Malaysian state oil company Petronas...


HTMLPHMSA Announces Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Rules
Paul F. Forshay, Allison E. Speaker, Michael A. Stosser; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 22, 2016, previously published on March 22, 2016
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued a proposal to implement regulations that would add new safety measures designed to raise existing safety standards applicable to pipelines currently regulated by PHMSA. The Administration also proposes to make those...


HTMLConsequences of the Mount Polley Dam Failure: Amendments to the Mines Act
Sean Jones, Heidi Rolfe; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 21, 2016, previously published on March 11, 2016
On February 25, 2016, as part of British Columbia's response to the Mount Polley dam failure, British Columbia's Minister of Energy and Mines introduced amendments to the Mines Act, RSBC 1996, c 293, aimed at strengthening the provincial government's regulatory oversight of the mining industry....


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