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U.S. EPA Finalizes NSPS OOOO Amendments

Posted in Energy, Environment
On May 12, 2016, U.S. EPA finalized amendments to the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for the oil and natural gas source category at 40 CFR Part 60, Subpart OOOO, and established new standards at 40 CFR Part 60, Subpart OOOOa.  The final rule establishes standards for greenhouse gas emissions in the form of limitations on… Continue Reading

EPA: Methane Leaks Less Than Previously Thought

Posted in Energy, Environment
The Examiner has a notable report on an EPA study revising downward the methane leaked during natural gas production operations:  "’The scope of the EPA’s revision was vast. In a mid-April report on greenhouse emissions, the agency now says that tighter pollution controls instituted by the industry resulted in an average annual decrease of 41.6… Continue Reading

First Oil and Gas Producer GHG Enforcement Case

Posted in Environment
A California oil and gas producer recently settled USEPA’s first enforcement case for greenhouse gas (“GHG”) permitting violations. According to USEPA, the company failed to obtain a prevention of significant deterioration (“PSD”) permit before it installed three steam generators at its oil field in 2011.  Here’s a link to the Consent Order.… Continue Reading

MIT: Emissions Study

Posted in Energy, Environment
A new MIT study finds that fugitive emissions from natural gas shale production has been overstated:  "A new study by MIT researchers shows the amount of methane emissions caused by shale gas production has been largely exaggerated. *** ‘While increased efforts need to be made to reduce emissions from the gas industry overall, the production of shale… Continue Reading

Can You Trust U.S. EPA’s GHG Numbers?

Posted in Energy, Environment
Not according to a study prepared by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA).  From the related press release:  "API’s Director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs Howard Feldman told reporters this morning that a URS study prepared for API and the American Natural Gas Association showed that methane emissions from… Continue Reading

Study: Natural Gas GHG Impact

Posted in Energy, Environment
The Times Leader has an interesting article on a new study done by researchers at Wilkes University on the greenhouse gas footprint of natural gas:  "’The main message is that seven independent studies now agree that shale gas has a lower greenhouse footprint than coal. That conclusion largely contradicts the findings by a team of… Continue Reading

CERA: U.S. EPA GHG Estimates Overstated

Posted in Energy, Environment
IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates (IHS CERA) has issued a new report calling for the re-evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions estimates prepared by U.S. EPA.  From the CERA website:  "The estimates are based on assumptions that do not reflect current industry practice and should be reevaluated, the reports says. *** ‘Estimates are being used that… Continue Reading

BAMM Extension Proposed

Posted in Energy, Environment
U.S. EPA is proposing to extend certain time periods for using best available monitoring methods (BAMM) for Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems under the GHG Mandatory Reporting Rule.  If you are interested, comments are due no later than July 27, 2011.… Continue Reading

AEP v. Conn – No GHG Nuisance Claim

Posted in Environment
The Supreme Court issued its ruling today in the long-awaited climate change nuisance suit.  The Court concluded that federal common law nuisance claims cannot be brought against utilities for their greenhouse gas emissions.  In an 8-0 decision, the Court ruled that the Clean Air Act and rules authorized by the Act displace the federal common law cause of action and that… Continue Reading

Texas GHG Brief Filed

Posted in Energy, Environment
The State of Texas has filed its initial brief challenging U.S. EPA’s endangerment finding that concludes that greenhouse gases (GHGs) pose a danger to human welfare, according to this release by the State Attorney General’s office.  "The EPA’s Endangerment Finding concluded that greenhouse-gas emissions contribute to the ‘perceived but undefined danger’ variously referred to as global… Continue Reading

New Climate Lawsuits

Posted in Environment
The NYT is reporting on new climate lawsuits brought, in the main, by teenagers against various federal and state agencies claiming that they haven’t done enough to protect earth’s atmosphere for future generations.  "Most of the individual plaintiffs in the suit, filed in United States District Court in San Francisco, are teenagers, a decision apparently… Continue Reading

GHG Reporting

Posted in Energy, Environment
U.S. EPA has extended several deadlines that you may find relevant: First, EPA has been asked to reconsider the requirement to submit requests to use best available monitoring methods during the 2011 calendar year by April 30, 2011 and pursuant to its authority under CAA section 307(d)(7)(B) consequently is extending the deadline contained in those… Continue Reading

CA GHG Law Put on Hold

Posted in Environment
The LAT is reporting that a court has delayed implementation of California’s greenhouse gas law, finding that the governing agency had failed to properly evaluate alternatives:  "In a 35-page decision, Judge Ernest H. Goldsmith said the Air Resources Board had failed to consider public comments on the proposed measures before adopting the plan, which affects… Continue Reading

House Moves to Limit EPA GHG Authority

Posted in Energy, Environment
The NYT is reporting that a House panel has voted to limit U.S. EPA’s authority over greenhouse gas emissions:  "Moving on a central tenet of the Republican energy and environment platform, a House committee on Tuesday approved a measure to halt the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed program to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Republican leaders promised… Continue Reading

House Hearings Start on GHG Regulation

Posted in Energy, Environment
The NYT is reporting on congressional hearings convened by the House Energy and Commerce Committee to address U.S. EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gases.  A sample:  "’The E.P.A. and the Obama administration have decided that they want to put the American economy in a straitjacket, costing us millions of jobs and billions of dollars a year,’… Continue Reading

Legislation to Curtail GHG Regulation

Posted in Energy, Environment
The NYT is reporting on recent legislative initiatives to curtail U.S. EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gases:  "The Inhofe-Upton-Whitfield bill would, its sponsors say, prevent the E.P.A. from enacting rules that should properly be written by Congress, restrict use of the Clean Air Act to address climate change, prevent the administration from enacting a ‘backdoor’ carbon… Continue Reading

Natural Gas and “Climate Change”

Posted in Energy, Environment
We’ve noted before the views of ProPublica on natural gas drilling (see here).  Well, they’re at it again in a new article seeking to challenge the environmental benefits of natural gas in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.  It does point out the threat to small producers, however:  "In November the EPA announced new greenhouse gas reporting… Continue Reading

TX Loses GHG Bid

Posted in Energy, Environment
The Houston Chronicle is reporting that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has rejected Texas’ bid to prevent U.S. EPA from regulating greenhouse gases in the state.  "The state had asked the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to delay the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to seize… Continue Reading

CA Carbon Trading Program

Posted in Energy, Environment
The LAT is reporting that California regulators at the Air Resources Board have adopted the country’s first carbon trading program:  "’This is an historic venture,’ said Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, as the panel voted 9 to 1 to approve some 3,000 pages of regulations and supporting documents, crafted over three… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Emissions Case

Posted in Energy, Environment
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal challenging the ability of a plaintiff to claim that utility carbon dioxide emissions are creating a public nuisance by contributing to global warming, according to this article in the NYT.  "It is the first public-nuisance suit related to climate change to reach the Supreme Court. Lower… Continue Reading

GHG Reporting Rule Finalized

Posted in Energy, Environment
U.S. EPA has issued a final rule requiring the reporting of certain greenhouse gas emissions from the natural gas industry.  From its press release:  "Beginning in 2011, petroleum and natural gas facilities that emit more than 25,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent a year are required to monitor and report all greenhouse gas emissions… Continue Reading