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Texas Challenges EPA’s Failure to Make New Endangerment Findings for the Quad Oa Methane Rules for the Oil and Gas Sector

As discussed in this previous post, a number of states and industry groups have challenged EPA’s new VOC and methane emission regulations for the oil and gas sector (“Quad Oa”). Texas has now further defined the claims it plans to bring against EPA in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

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  • 01
  • June
  • 2016

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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Holds the State’s Regulations Do Not Satisfy Requirements of Global Warming Solutions Act

On May 17, 2016, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held in Kain v. Department of Environmental Protection that the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) had not fulfilled its statutory obligations under the Commonwealth’s Global Warming Solutions Act (“GWSA”). The decision may significantly alter the DEP’s regulation of greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions.

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  • 13
  • May
  • 2016

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Washington Department of Ecology Ordered to Develop a GHG Emissions Reduction Plan

On April 29, 2016, a group of children suing the Washington Department of Ecology (“DOE”) won a big victory when a King County Superior Court judge ordered DOE to develop a greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions reduction plan by the end of the year. The case shows that citizen groups are continuing to try to use the Public Trust Doctrine as a way to force agency action on climate change.

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  • 28
  • April
  • 2016

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Enviros Allege FWS Ignored Climate Change in Bull Trout Recovery Plan

Two Montana environmental groups sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on April 19, 2016, complaining among other things that the Service’s recovery plan for bull trout, a cold-water species in the Pacific Northwest protected under the Endangered Species Act, ignores the effects of climate change and wrongfully plans for the demise of many bull trout populations, not their recovery.

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