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HTMLDOI Set to Issue New Fracking Rules
Holland Hart LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 15, 2015, previously published on April 3, 2015
On March 20, 2015, the Obama administration released its final rule for drilling and hydraulic fracturing on federal land. More than 100,000 oil and gas wells operate on federally managed lands. Over ninety percent of these wells use hydraulic fracturing.

 

HTMLFERC Approves Rio Grande LNG’s Request to Initiate Pre-Filing Procedures
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 15, 2015, previously published on April 14, 2015
Yesterday, FERC issued an order approving Rio Grande LNG, LLC’s (RGLNG) request that FERC initiate the pre-filing environmental review process for RGLNG’s proposal to construct a natural gas liquefaction and LNG export terminal facility in Cameron County, Texas, along the north...

 

HTMLFWS Pushes to Protect Sage-Grouse Strongholds
Holland Hart LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 15, 2015, previously published on April 3, 2015
Adding another wrinkle to the ongoing debate over sage-grouse habitat management, the Fish and Wildlife Service has advised BLM and the Forest Service that roughly 16.5 million acres must be put off limits to avoid a listing decision. The recommendations were included in an October 27, 2014...

 

HTMLUK: New Environment Agency Guidance On Enforcement Approach To Insolvent Companies That Cannot Comply with EU ETS
Helen Bowdren; Dentons Canada LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 14, 2015, previously published on March 31, 2015
The Environment Agency has published a new annex to its Enforcement and Sanctions Guidance to cover breaches under the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC), EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) and climate change agreements (CCAs).

 

HTMLLooking Ahead to the Paris Climate Conference
Marc Fornacciari, Jeffrey C. Fort; Dentons Canada LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 14, 2015, previously published on March 31, 2015
Though many agree climate change, or “global warming”, is an existential threat, there is limited convergence on what should be done to avert catastrophic temperature rises or adapt to changing climate conditions.

 

HTMLFourth Circuit Weighs In On CERCLA Arranger Liability
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 14, 2015, previously published on April 13, 2015
In the early 1980s, a utility company sold multiple electrical transformers containing insulating oil with polychlorinated biphenyls (“PCBs”) to Company A. Company A repaired and rebuilt the transformers for resale to meet third-party customers’ specifications. In the process, one...

 

HTMLCalifornia Roundup
Matt Adams; Dentons Canada LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 14, 2015, previously published on March 31, 2015
California legislators have introduced a package of ambitious new climate legislation. Taken together, the four bills would increase the California's Renewable Portfolio Standard to 50% by 2030, require the State's pension funds to divest their holdings from coal companies, and cut the use of...

 

HTMLOntario’s Climate Change Discussion Paper, 2015 - What’s in it and Where Will It Lead?
John C. Goetz, Alex G. MacWilliam; Dentons Canada LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 14, 2015, previously published on March 31, 2015
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change released Ontario’s Climate Change Discussion Paper, 2015 in February 2015 . The purpose of the Discussion Paper is to elicit feedback from the people of Ontario. In person consultations are taking place with First Nations and...

 

HTMLFERC Releases Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Lake Charles LNG Export Project
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 13, 2015, previously published on April 10, 2015
FERC has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed Lake Charles liquefaction and LNG export terminal project proposed by Trunkline Gas Company and affiliates at the existing LNG import terminal at Lake Charles, La. The DEIS concludes that approval of the proposed...

 

HTMLCourt Certifies Class for Narrow Liability Claims in Environmental Contamination Case
Sarah E. Reynolds, Evan M. Tager, Mark R. Ter Molen; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 13, 2015, previously published on March 18, 2015
Traditionally, federal courts have been reluctant to certify class actions in environmental contamination cases because of inherently unique issues raised by plaintiffs’ personal-injury claims. In other contexts, however, class plaintiffs have been able to overcome atypicality arguments at...

 


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