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Methane Emissions Standards Take Effect

Posted in Climate Change, Environmental Policy, Regulations

Effective this past August 3, the EPA has new regulations for methane and volatile organic compound emissions from oil and gas operations  As you know, reducing methane emissions is a key component of the President‘s climate change agenda. Why should I care? Because if you own or operate an oil and gas production, processing, transmission or… Continue Reading

EPA Methane Rules Are Coming

Posted in Environmental Policy, Regulations

“Remember, I can do anything to anybody”, deranged and murderous Roman emperor Caligula to his grandmother (Julia, widow of Tiberius and herself no stranger to things done to other people as and when they pleased). In related news, the White House intends to limit methane pollution from thousands of existing oil and gas wells, pipelines… Continue Reading

Citgo Prevails Over EPA at the Fifth Circuit

Posted in Environmental Policy, Regulations

USA v. Citgo Petroleum highlights the excruciating degree of detail in federal regulations and the gymnastics the EPA will employ to justify a prosecution. The Fifth Circuit has reversed Citgo Petroleum’s conviction for violations of two federal laws. Breathing Easier Under the Clean Air Act The EPA regulates oil refinery waste water treatment systems under… Continue Reading

Lipsky Revisited – Details and Debate

Posted in Hydraulic Fracturing, Litigation, Pollution

I often wonder if anybody actually reads our modest, quasi-weekly offerings. They do! And they respond! To criticize!  I earn my keep being “critiqued” by impatient judges, aggressive opposing counsel and, occasionally, less-than-happy clients, so – challenge accepted. “Critique” One: Lipsky was not Range’s lessor, therefor I know nothing about the case. Surely, this person lives in my house, where I enjoy a… Continue Reading

What’s the EPA Been Up To Lately?

Posted in Regulations

Ever the schoolyard bully, the EPA has been pushing its agenda against the will of the states, at least until the principal intervenes. A minority (that’s the Republicans) report by the U. S. Senate Committee on the Environment & Public Works asserts that the EPA is in violation of “cooperative federalism”, in which the EPA would… Continue Reading

EPA Planning to Ban Coal-Fired Power Plants?

Posted in Energy Policy, Regulations

According to a Sunday blog post by Conn Carroll in the Washington Examiner, the EPA is hurrying efforts to implement regulations that would ban coal-fired power plants before the end of the year, in fear that a loss by President Obama in Tuesday’s election would put an end to what would otherwise be on the second-term agenda. Some will discredit that post as another example of … Continue Reading

EPA Region 6 Has New Administrator

Posted in Energy Policy, Regulations

Ron Curry is the EPA’s new administrator for Region 6, which is responsible for enforcement of federal environmental laws in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Arkansas.  Mr. Curry replaces Al “Crucify ’em” Armendariz, who was sacked earlier this year after comments, caught on video, in which he likened his tactics to the Romans of antiquity who supressed the villages they… Continue Reading

The EPA’s Flawed Energy Policy

Posted in Regulations

The predator returns. I don’t usually forward content created by others, and I try to avoid overtly political entries, but this one is from the June 14 Daily Policy Digest of the National Center for Policy Analysis.  It is worth reading if you pay attention to energy and environmental policy:  “For the last three years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has… Continue Reading

Wolves and the EPA Revisited

Posted in Regulations

My last post featured editorial kudos for the EPA’s evenhanded approach to regulation of one aspect of drilling: handling of methane and volatile organic compounds during fracking.  Perhaps the accolades were premature.  I speak of the recently exposed and widely distributed video of the then-new and recently-resigned EPA Region 6 director Al Armendariz invoking an inappropriate analogy to his “philosphy” of regulating oil and gas producers. If… Continue Reading

Environmental Penalties: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

Posted in Regulations

In my never-ending effort to improve my position in life by associating with people who are smarter and more knowledgable than I am (my wife being a notable example), this entry is by noted environmental lawyer Cynthia Bishop (cbishop@cbishoplaw.com) on a topic that is important to anyone in the energy business. If your E&P or service company is growing quickly, you could… Continue Reading

EPA Cries “Uncle”

Posted in Hydraulic Fracturing

Invoking the spirit of Emily Litella, the Environmental Protection Agency offered a govenmental “never mind” when it withdrew its emergency order that attempted to hold Range Resources responsible for contamination of drinking water on Parker County, Texas, well sites under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.  Those who have followed this case know that several investigations into the EPA’s assertions showed no link… Continue Reading