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EPA Finalizes Rule on Methane for New and Existing Landfills That Could Have Broader Implications for Climate Regulations Under the Clean Air Act

As part of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan and methane strategy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized a package of rules on July 14, 2016, to reduce methane emissions at new and existing landfills. In a public statement, EPA noted that municipal solid waste landfills are the second-largest industrial source of methane emissions in the United States. EPA is regulating methane because it is considered a potent greenhouse gas (“GHG”). The rules, therefore, aim to cut methane (and other gases) from landfills by lowering the emissions threshold at which landfills must install pollution controls by roughly a third.

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  • 19
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U.S., Canada, and Mexico Agree to Use Similar Measures for the Social Cost of Carbon to Value GHG Reductions

On June 29, 2016, President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto made a trilateral energy and climate announcement during the North American Leadership Summit in Ottawa. The announcement included an Action Plan of “deliverables,” such as striving “to achieve a goal for North America of 50% clean power generation by 2025.”

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EPA Continues to Aggressively Target Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Oil and Gas Sector

On May 12, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued three final rules, all related to the regulation of air emissions from oil and gas operations. The most significant of these regulations was a set of new requirements to limit Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) and methane emissions from certain new, modified, and reconstructed upstream and midstream sources in oil and gas production.

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  • 06
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EPA Finalizes Oil and Gas Source Definition: The Evolution of EPA’s Source Determination Rule

On May 12, 2016, EPA issued the final version of its source determination rule, defining when activities will be considered “adjacent” for purposes of major source air permitting in the upstream oil and gas sector. Under the new rule, new or modified equipment or activities are “adjacent” if they are on the same surface site or on sites that share equipment and are within one-quarter mile of each other.

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  • 28
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EPA’s Cost Analysis for the New Methane Rules for the Oil and Gas Sector

On August 2, 2016, EPA’s first-ever rule to directly regulate methane emissions from the oil and gas sector will go into effect. EPA is regulating methane as a greenhouse gas (“GHG”), which it considers to be 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide (“CO2”). The way that EPA values the reduction in these emissions resulted in the agency concluding that the rule would have a net economic benefit.

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  • 13
  • June
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Preparing for the New Rules for Fugitive Emissions at Well Sites

On June 3, 2016 EPA published a final New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for methane and VOC emissions from the oil and gas sector (known as “Quad Oa”). This is the second in a series of posts discussing the new requirements. This post outlines steps that upstream companies may want to consider now that Quad Oa is taking effect. More information about the requirements is available here.

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  • 01
  • June
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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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  • 24
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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
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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
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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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