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On June 30, 2021, President Biden signed into law a joint resolution of Congress repealing a Trump administration rule that removed methane as a pollutant regulated under the Clean Air Act in the oil and gas industry.

V&E Environmental Update

July 6, 2021
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On April 29, 2021, the Senate passed a resolution (the “Resolution”) to disapprove a rule adopted by the Trump administration which lifted certain requirements that had been put in place by an Obama-era methane rule, also known as “Quad Oa.”

April 30, 2021
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Each new presidential administration brings with it its own set of policy goals and priorities.

January 20, 2021
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As discussed in this previous post, EPA recently released two rules changing the volatile organic compound (“VOC”) and methane emissions requirements for new sources in the oil and gas sector, which alter or roll back some of the requirements put in place under the Obama administration (“Methane Rule”).

September 16, 2020
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On March 27, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted the Bureau of Land Management’s (“BLM”) motion for summary judgment, upholding the agency’s decision to rescind, or roll back, hydraulic fracturing regulations finalized during the Obama Administration (the “2015 Rule”).

April 3, 2020
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On December 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) opened a limited-time opportunity for existing owners of upstream oil and gas facilities to discover, correct, and self-disclose…

December 23, 2019
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On November 20, 2018, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed to review the April 2018 intermediate appellate court decision, Adam Briggs et al. v. Southwestern Energy Production Company , which held…

November 26, 2018
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A petition for ballot Initiative #108 was submitted to the Colorado Secretary of State in advance of the August 6, 2018 deadline for proposals to be considered for inclusion on Colorado’s general…

August 8, 2018
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The Office of the Colorado Secretary of State confirmed on Monday, August 6, 2018 that a petition for ballot Initiative #97 was turned in by the deadline period and will be considered for inclusion…

August 7, 2018
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Following on the heels of failed attempts in 2014 and 2016, proponents of greater restrictions against new oil and gas exploration and production activities in Colorado are once again seeking to…

July 26, 2018
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On June 12, 2018, a Pennsylvania appeals court refused a petitioner’s request for an en banc rehearing on a case decided by a three-judge panel in April 2018, holding that the rule of capture did not…

June 18, 2018
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In oil and gas law, it is well-settled that the “rule of capture” holds that there is no liability for a mineral rights owner’s drainage of oil and gas from another person’s land so long as the oil…

May 9, 2018