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|Environmental Groups Sue to Stop Fracking Near Chaco Canyon|
Frank T. Davis; Modrall Sperling;
May 14, 2015, previously published on May 01, 2015The fight over fracturing ("fracking") associated with directional drilling plans for the Mancos Shale in northern New Mexico is heating up. On March 11, 2015, a coalition of environmental groups, including Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment, San Juan Citizens Alliance,...
|Save the Date--Federal Flood Risk Management Standard Implementation Listening Sessions|
Colodny Fass P.A.;
May 14, 2015, previously published on February 13, 2015To improve the nation's resilience to flooding and better prepare for the impacts of climate change, the President's Climate Action Plan of June 2013 directed federal agencies to take the appropriate actions to reduce risk to federal investments, and specifically to update their flood-risk...
|Lima Climate Conference Paves the Way Toward a Climate Agreement in Paris|
Marion Cantegrel, Anne-Caroline Urbain; Jones Day;
May 14, 2015, previously published on Winter 2015The 20th session of the Conference of the Parties ("COP") of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change ("UNFCCC") and the 10th session of the COP serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol ("CMP") took place in Lima, Peru, in December...
|President’s Executive Order Announces New Sustainability Goals Across Federal Supply Chain|
Bradley R. Sugarman; Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP;
May 14, 2015, previously published on May 1, 2015Executive Order 13693 (the “Order”), issued by President Obama on March 15, 2015, aims to reduce the federal government’s greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions while increasing clean energy consumption. The Order applies to all federal agencies by definition and details a...
|READ Act Aims to Centralize Asbestos Reporting|
David M. Governo, Brendan John Tuohy; Governo Law Firm LLC;
May 13, 2015, previously published on May 8, 2015On March 10, 2015 Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Edward Markey (D-MA) introduced the Reducing Exposure to Asbestos Database Act, also known at the READ Act, to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. On April 27, 2015, the House of Representatives followed suit when Reps. Suzan DelBene...
|Is a Carbon Tax on the Horizon in Ontario?|
Catherine Lyons; Goodmans LLP - Toronto;
May 12, 2015, previously published on February 20, 2015On February 12, 2015, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) released a discussion paper outlining the province’s vision for building a low-carbon society and proposed actions to achieve that vision.
|China Aims for National Carbon Market by 2016|
Jim Parker; Jones Day;
May 12, 2015, previously published on Winter 2015In November 2014, the United States and China issued a joint announcement recognizing that each nation had a "critical role to play" in combating global climate change—and announcing measures to be taken by each nation in that regard.
|FERD Denies Rehearing of Order Authorizing Corpus Christi LNG Terminal|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
May 11, 2015, previously published on May 8, 2015FERC has issued an order denying Sierra Club’s request for rehearing of FERC’s order granting authorization for construction of the Corpus Christi Liquefaction LNG import and export terminal in Corpus Christi Bay, San Patricio County, Texas, and an interconnected pipeline. FERC rejected...
|Possible Shift of Perspectives on Breadth of NEPA Review; CEQ's Draft Greenhouse Gas Guidance|
Sheila Slocum Hollis, Dennis J. Hough; Duane Morris LLP;
May 11, 2015, previously published on May 4, 2015Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the corresponding NEPA regulations issued by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the respective reviewing agencies, federal agencies are required to consider the environmental impacts of proposed federal...
|Recent Developments in Sanctions Enforcement: Schlumberger Oilfield Holdings Pleads Guilty to Criminal Sanctions Charges Related to Conduct that “Facilitated” Business from the United States; PayPal Resolves Apparent Sanctions Violations with OFAC Caused in Part by the Failure to Employ Adequate Screening Technology and Procedures|
Nicolas Bourtin, H. Rodgin Cohen, Elizabeth T. Davy, Mitchell S. Eitel, Jared M. Fishman; Sullivan & Cromwell LLP;
May 8, 2015, previously published on April 8, 2015On March 25, 2015, Schlumberger Oilfield Holdings, Ltd. (“SOHL”), a non-U.S. wholly-owned subsidiary of Schlumberger Ltd. (“Schlumberger”), also a non-U.S. corporation and one of the largest oilfield services organizations in the world, entered into an agreement with the...