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|FERC Pushes Back Environmental Review of the Aguirre Offshore GasPort Project|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
January 15, 2015, previously published on December 15, 2014FERC released a notice extending the date for the issuance of a final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the proposed Aguirre Offshore GasPort Project to be located offshore Puerto Rico. The FEIS will now be released on February 20, 2015, and other federal agencies will have until May 21,...
|Petition Challenges Short-Term Water Approvals in B.C.|
Wally Braul, Laura M. Gill, Alison J. Gray, Michael P. Theroux; Bennett Jones LLP;
January 13, 2015, previously published on January 16, 2014On November 13, 2013, two environmental organizations filed a petition that challenges the lawfulness of the BC Oil and Gas Commission’s (OGC) practice in granting approvals for the short-term use of water in hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas operations, and seeks to quash certain...
|The Use of Drones in the Canadian Energy Industry|
James Bancroft, Catrina Webster; Davis LLP;
January 12, 2015, previously published on November 19, 2015There is growing interest in the use of Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) - often referred to as “drones” - for a variety of private and commercial uses. While there is considerable controversy over the military use of drones, commercial use is only in the early stages of development. The...
|Coal Ash Regulation Update|
Ronald W. Farley; Burr & Forman LLP;
January 10, 2015, previously published on December 2, 2014 The U.S. EPA’s efforts to develop a new regulatory path for coal ash (“Coal Combustion Residuals” or “CCR”) by regulating the material either as a hazardous waste or as a solid but non-hazardous waste, are nearing a conclusion. The deadline for EPA to announce a final...
|Questions about EPA Regulation of Power Plant Carbon Emissions|
Preti Flaherty Beliveau Pachios LLP;
December 26, 2014, previously published on October 31, 2014This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a public notice relating to its Clean Power Plan, the agency's proposed rule to reduce carbon emissions from the nation's existing power plants. The notice reiterates questions raised by commenters about issues including the redispatch from...
|Voters Pass Proposition 1 - Water Supply and Infrastructure Bond: Is Your Agency's Water Project Eligible for Funds?|
Steven M. Anderson; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
December 22, 2014, previously published on November 5, 2014On Tuesday, California voters passed Proposition 1, the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, which allocates $7.5 billion for a water quality, supply and infrastructure improvement program to help fund certain water projects.
|New Groundwater Legislation Update: Comments Recommended Regarding Groundwater Basin Prioritization|
Steven M. Anderson, Lucas I. Quass; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
December 22, 2014, previously published on November 12, 2014Under the new groundwater legislation, the California Department of Water Resources must establish the initial priority for each groundwater basin in the state no later than Jan. 31. Those basins that are ultimately designated as high or medium priority will be subject to groundwater sustainability...
|Two Important Clean Energy Announcements for New England|
Mathew J. Todaro; Verrill Dana LLP;
December 19, 2014, previously published on December 4, 2014January 29, 2015 - that’s the date the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has selected for the auctioning of four leases within the Massachusetts offshore Wind Energy Area (WEA). The WEA is located 12 nautical miles south of Martha’s Vineyard and encompasses more than 742,000...
|Colorado, Wyoming, Ohio Among States With Unsafe Air Pollution Levels|
Seth A. Katz; Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.;
December 18, 2014, previously published on October 30, 2014A study published in Environmental Health and coordinated by Environmental Health and Global Community Monitor found air pollution near gas and oil sites in five states were above federally-deemed safe limits for long-term and brief human exposure. The states involved in the study were Arkansas,...
|CERCLA Preempts Local Bylaws|
Sudhir Lay Burgaard; Morris Polich & Purdy LLP;
December 18, 2014, previously published on November 12, 2014In Town of Acton v. W.R. Grace & Co., a federal district court held that the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA”), commonly known as Superfund, preempts local cleanup bylaws. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) had...