New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently proposed an environmental “audit incentive” policy, which is similar to the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) long standing self-audit policy. In its draft policy, DEC encourages participation by waiving or reducing penalties for environmental violations that regulated entities discover through an environmental audit, and expeditiously report… Continue Reading
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in conjunction with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), is currently accepting public comments on several proposed changes to the DEC’s regulations governing New York’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). DEC’s proposed changes, which are based on updates to… Continue Reading
In this week’s Pennsylvania Law Weekly and Legal Intelligencer, I write about the motivations behind EPA’s potential delay of issuing a final rule that would limit carbon emissions from new power plants. The agency appears to be playing a high stakes game of political chicken that could provoke congress to pass standalone cap-and-trade legislation. Read Is EPA Playing Chicken With… Continue Reading
The Commonwealth Court, one of Pennsylvania’s two intermediate appellate courts, invalidated provisions of the Oil and Gas Act Amendments of 2012 (“Act 13″) intended to limit local regulation of natural gas development, particularly development of the Marcellus Shale. The court issued its opinion in Robinson Township v. Public Utility Comm’n, No. 284 M.D. 2012, on… Continue Reading
The Department of Energy owes nuclear power plant operators about $150 million because it has not fulfilled its contractual obligation to have a place for nuclear waste to go, says the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Yankee Atomic Electric v. US on May 18.
The Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition submitted a letter to President Obama which sets forth a number of recommendations to further develop the wind industry in the United States, including the extension of the investment tax credit and the production tax credit.
Bipartisan bill, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, seeks increased offshore natural gas drilling.
Gov. Paterson vetoed the NY moratorium on all fracking, but imposed a ban on horizontal, high-volume fracking by executive order. The DRBC proposed regulations and curtailed pending hearings.
Cash grant program for renewable energy projects is in danger in light of tax cut deal.
On November 29, the New York Assembly passed A1143B/S08129B which had previously passed the Senate. Governor Paterson is reported to be prepared to sign the bill, although the New York Times blog reports that industry groups are still pushing for a veto. The bill, if signed, would impose a moratorium on new permits for natural gas wells that… Continue Reading
The Federal Government and Google announce new offshore wind projects.
The New York Times recently covered the ongoing dispute over drilling for natural gas in the Delaware River Basin, an area not only subject to the jurisdiction of state environmental agencies but also an interstate compact agency known as the Delaware River Basin Commission. At the Commission’s regular September 15 meeting, the DRBC Executive Director… Continue Reading