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  • 24
  • May
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Preparing for the New Methane Quad Oa: LDAR Requirements for Compressor Stations

On May 12, 2016, EPA finalized its proposed rule to regulate methane and volatile organic compound emissions from new and modified sources in the oil and gas sector (known as “Quad Oa”).  This is the first in a series of posts discussing steps that upstream and midstream companies may want to consider as they prepare for Quad Oa.  More information about the requirements is available here.

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  • 17
  • May
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EPA Releases Final Rule on Oil and Gas Sector Methane Emissions

On May 12, 2016, the U.S. EPA released a final rule aimed at reducing methane and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emissions from new, reconstructed, and modified oil and gas sources. The final rule places new compliance burdens on compressor stations and well sites, including detecting and repairing equipment leaks, capturing gas from the completion of hydraulically fractured wells, and limiting emissions from certain new and modified equipment used at gas transmission compressor stations and well sites. 

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  • 13
  • May
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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
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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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  • 10
  • February
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Supreme Court Stays Clean Power Plan, What’s EPA’s Next Move?

In an unprecedented order issued last night, the Supreme Court stayed the implementation of the Obama Administration’s greenhouse gas emission standards for existing power plants, commonly referred to as the Clean Power Plan (“CPP”).  Earlier this year, the D.C. Circuit denied a similar request to stay the implementation of the CPP while legal challenges to the rule proceed, a sign that the D.C. Circuit merits panel is inclined to uphold the CPP.

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