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HTMLFederal Court Holds Land Deposition of Air Emissions Can Constitute “Disposal” of “Solid Waste”
Christopher L. Bell; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 26, 2015, previously published on March 18, 2015
A federal district court ruled on March 10 that citizens may bring a RCRA imminent and substantial endangerment case based on the ground deposition of material emitted from a facility’s smoke stacks. The Little Hocking Water Assoc., Inc. v. E.I. du Pont Nemours & Co., 2015 BL 64422, S.D....

 

HTMLNatural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act
Todd J. Griset; Preti, Flaherty, Beliveau & Pachios, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 26, 2015, previously published on January 26, 2015
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a bill to expedite federal review of some spects of proposed natural gas pipelines. Known as H.R. 161, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act is officially summarized as providing for the "timely consideration of all licenses,...

 

HTMLNew Climate Rules Will Impact Oil and Gas Industry
John B. King; Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 25, 2015, previously published on February 18, 2015
EPA continues to focus on the oil and gas sector in its relentless quest for reduction of methane and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. It now seeks to expand on the standards announced in 2012 for hydraulically fractured natural gas wells by having additional standards on a variety of...

 

HTMLONRR Proposes Oil, Gas and Coal Royalty Reform
Jennifer L. Bradfute; Modrall Sperling;
Legal Alert/Article
March 25, 2015
In a time of declining oil prices, the Department of the Interior (DOI) through the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) recently announced on January 6th a proposed rulemaking for royalty valuations on Federal oil and gas leases and Federal and Indian coal leases. See 80 Fed. Reg. 608,...

 

HTMLProposed Changes to Proposition 65: What It Means for Texas Businesses
David A. Baay, Maryann B. Zaki; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2015, previously published on March 23, 2015
If you’ve been to California recently, you likely returned with a heightened awareness of the dangers present in the products you consume and use on a daily basis. That is because in California, Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify California citizens about significant amounts of...

 

HTMLPort Arthur LNG and Rio Grande LNG Submit Requests for FERC Pre-Filing Procedures
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2015, previously published on March 23, 2015
Port Arthur LNG (PALNG) has filed a request with FERC for the initiation of pre-filing environmental review procedures for a proposed liquefaction and LNG export terminal in the City of Port Arthur, Texas. PALNG proposes to construct two liquefaction trains each with 5 million tonnes per annum...

 

HTMLExecutive Order Mandates Clean Energy Consumption at Federal Buildings
Jackson M. Allen, Joshua L. Belcher, Lino Mendiola, Ram C. Sunkara; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 23, 2015, previously published on March 20, 2015
Yesterday, President Obama released an Executive Order entitled “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade.” In short, the order mandates that heads of agency take action to promote energy conservation and efficiency, but more importantly, the order establishes binding...

 

HTMLNew Source Review Update: Courts Limit Aggregation for Major Source Determination and Challenges to NSR Pre-Project Emissions Analysis
Jay Holloway, Emily L. Seidman, Liz Williamson; Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 20, 2015, previously published on March 19, 2015
In February, the Middle District of Pennsylvania struck down an environmental group’s challenge that Ultra Resources should have aggregated eight compressor stations into a single source. Ultra Resources individually permitted each of its eight stations that are located at gas fracking wells...

 

HTMLLegislature Passes Significant Changes to Environmental Remediation Statute
Charles E. Barbieri; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 20, 2015, previously published on February 16, 2015
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder recently signed into law 2014 Public Act 542, which enacts several significant changes affecting property transactions and cleanups of property under Part 201 of the Natural Resources & Environmental Protection Act (“Part 201”), as amended. This...

 

HTMLD.C. District Court Denies Utility’s Intervention Because of Timing
Jay Holloway, Emily L. Seidman, Liz Williamson; Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 20, 2015, previously published on March 19, 2015
On March 17, 2015, the D.C. District Court denied the Public Service Company of New Hampshire’s (PSNH’s) motion to intervene in a Sierra Club-initiated proceeding urging the U.S. EPA to object to a Title V permit for one of PSNH’s generating stations. Even though one of...

 


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