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Climate Change Blog

  • 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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  • 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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