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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

U.S. EPA Amends GHG Reporting Requirements for Oil and Natural Gas Sector

Posted in Energy, Environment
On October 22, 2015, U.S. EPA published a final rule amending the greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting requirements for the petroleum and natural gas systems source category, 40 CFR Part 98, Subpart W. The final amendments to Subpart W require the reporting of GHG emissions from completions and workovers of oil wells with hydraulic fracturing as… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Limits U.S. EPA’s Regulation of Carbon Emissions

Posted in Environment
On June 23, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision limiting U.S. EPA’s regulation of carbon emissions from stationary sources under the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Tailoring Rule (Tailoring Rule). The Tailoring Rule phases the applicability criteria to determine which stationary sources become subject to GHG emission permitting requirements under PSD and Title V Clean Air… Continue Reading

EPA Proposes Revisions to GHG Reporting Rule for Oil and Gas Industry

Posted in Environment
On March 10, 2014, U.S. EPA published proposed revisions and confidentiality determinations for the petroleum and natural gas source category of the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting Rule, 40 CFR Part 98, Subpart W. The amendments to Subpart W include the following: ·         Changes to provide consistency throughout Subpart W, including changing the units of measurement for… Continue Reading

USEPA’s GHG Regulations Upheld

Posted in Environment
Yesterday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld USEPA’s green house gas (GHG) regulations and its endangerment finding that supported the GHG regulations.  The Court dismissed industry arguments that challenged the science supporting the regulations.  As a result, many industries, including some oil and gas midstream facilities, will be required to comply with GHG permitting requirements… 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

Ohio EPA Proposes to Adopt Rules Consistent with Federal Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule

Posted in Environment
Ohio EPA DAPC emailed the following notice of proposed rulemaking: "Notice is hereby given that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) is proposing new Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rules 3745-31-34 and 3745-77-11 to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). The intent of these new rules is to adopt rules… Continue Reading

GHG Tailoring Rule Final

Posted in Environment
The EPA has just announced its final rule for greenhouse gas emissions from large fixed sources such as power plants and refineries. Starting in January of next year large facilities already required to obtain Clean Air Act permits for other emissions will have to seek a greenhouse gas permit if such admissions increase by 75,000 tons/yr or… Continue Reading

USEPA’s Desision on Greenhouse Gas Regulation

Posted in Environment
On Monday, USEPA Administrator Jackson outlined decisions she has made related to greenhouse gas regulation/permitting. The short read is as follows: In the letter, the Administrator outlines several of the decisions she has made for 2010-2011: No facility will be required to address greenhouse gas emissions in Clean Air Act permitting of new construction or… Continue Reading

Senators Look to Block USEPA’s Regulation of Carbon

Posted in Environment
The Washington Post is reporting that 36 Senators introduced legislation yesterday to block USEPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act.  Essentially, the Senators don’t think the Clean Air Act was drafted to address greenhouse gases and that Congress should act – not the USEPA under ineffective laws.  You can read the… Continue Reading

5th Circuit – Greenhouse Gas Case Moves Forward

Posted in Environment
On Friday, October 16, 2009, the 5th Circuit ruled that plaintiff landowners had standing under Mississippi tort common law to assert causes of action for negligence, private and public nuisance, and trespass against oil companies for their release of greenhouse gases, which caused rising sea levels and increased the ferocity of Hurricane Katrina. The action… Continue Reading

California GHG Waiver Request Granted

Posted in Environment
Today the U.S. EPA reversed itself and granted California’s Greenhouse Gas (“GHG”) waiver request, allowing the State of California to enforce its own GHG emission standards for new motor vehicles – starting this model year. President Obama recently announced a new national policy to increase motor vehicle fuel efficiency and reduce GHG pollution; new national motor… Continue Reading

Mandatory Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting Rule Proposed

Posted in Environment
Today the U.S. EPA proposed a rule that would require approximately 13,000 large source facilities to annually report their greenhouse gas emissions.  The facilities covered include fossil fuel suppliers, industrial chemical suppliers, motor vehicle and engine manufactures and large direct GHG emitters (defined as facilities that emit 25,000 metric tons or more of GHG emissions).  The… Continue Reading