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D.C. Circuit Vacates Stay of Oil and Gas Methane Emissions Rule

Posted in Energy, Environment
This post provides an important update to our April 20, 2017 post regarding U.S. EPA’s reconsideration of its rule regulating methane emissions from the oil and gas industry (“NSPS OOOOa”). On June 5, 2017, EPA published a notice of reconsideration and partial stay of NSPS OOOOa. Specifically, EPA stayed the effectiveness of the fugitive emissions… Continue Reading

NSPS Rules Challenged

Posted in Energy, Environment
We’ve reported previously on U.S. EPA’s final air emission rules for E&P facilities, implementing New Source Performance Standards (“NSPS”) for volatile organic compounds (“VOC”) and sulfur dioxide (“SO2”), and National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (“NESHAP”).  Nine separate petitions were filed recently with the DC Circuit Court of Appeals challenging those rules for the oil… Continue Reading

New Well Completion Notice Requirements – Effective 10/15/2012

Posted in Environment
Effective October 15, 2012, owners or operators of hydraulically fractured natural gas wells must notify USEPA prior to commencing well completion operations. The notice is required no later than two days prior to commencement of completion activities, and it must provide: the anticipated date of the well completion operation; contact information for the owner or… Continue Reading

Final NSPS Rule

Posted in Energy, Environment
After publication in today’s Federal Register, U.S. EPA’s final air emission rules became effective for oil and gas production and natural gas transmission and storage facilities. The rules implement New Source Performance Standards (“NSPS”) for volatile organic compounds (“VOC”) and sulfur dioxide (“SO2”), and National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (“NESHAP”). The new NSPS… Continue Reading

Air Pollution Rule Delayed Again

Posted in Environment
The USEPA announced that it is again delaying the issuance of its proposed rules regulating air emissions from hydraulically fractured wells.  The proposed NSPS and NESHAP rules were scheduled for issuance on April 3 according to the Consent Decree issued in WildEarth Guardians, et al. v. Jackson.  However, in response to more than 156,000 comments… Continue Reading