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GT Air Update – Part II

Posted in Biofuels, Carbon Credits, Climate Change, Energy, Environment, Federal Regulation, International, Policy, Politics

By Adam Silverman. In part II of our Air Update we address the following recent developments related to the regulation of greenhouse gases: Massachusetts became the ninth—and most recent—state to adopt stricter air standards under the RGGI.  We wrote about New York’s adaptation earlier this year. European Parliament froze the number of pollution allowances in… Continue Reading

GT Air Update – Part I

Posted in Biofuels, Court Cases, Energy, Environment, Federal Regulation, Oil & Gas, Policy, State Regulation

By Adam Silverman Several recent developments in air regulations are likely to impact regional, national and international air pollution policy.  In part I of our Air Update we address several Clean Air Act topics: The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issues two important Clean Air Act opinions, one clarifying a recent decision to uphold revisions… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Decision Limits Ability of Government Agencies to Impose ‘Extortionate’ Permit Conditions on Landowners

Posted in Energy, Environment

On June 25th, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an important Takings Clause decision with far-reaching implications for real estate developers and others who rely on federal or state permits. In Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District, the Court extended the doctrine of “unconstitutional conditions” established in the Court’s Nollan and Dolan cases. By… Continue Reading

One Step Forward, One Step Back – NY Moves Forward on Its Environmental Self-Audit Policy as EPA Looks to Retreat

Posted in Energy, Environment, Federal Regulation, Policy, State Regulation

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

Carbon Claustrophobia — Significant Changes Coming to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiatives Cap and Trade Program

Posted in Carbon Credits, Climate Change, Energy, Environment, Policy, State Regulation

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

Is EPA Playing Chicken With Clean Air Act?

Posted in Articles, Carbon Credits, Climate Change, Energy, Environment, Federal Regulation, Politics

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

Natural Gas and Zoning Preemption in Pennsylvania

Posted in Court Cases, Energy, Environment, Oil & Gas, State Regulation

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

Marcellus Shale Moratorium in New York, But Only Until May

Posted in Energy, Oil & Gas, State Regulation

   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

Delaware River Basin Commission Delays Natural Gas Regulations and Declines to Bar Exploratory Wells

Posted in Energy

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