Monthly Archives: December 2014

New York Bans Hydraulic Fracturing

On December 17, 2014, the Acting Commissioner of Health for the New York State Department of Health issued a report recommending that High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (HVHF) not be permitted in New York due to “significant uncertainties about the kinds of adverse health outcomes that may be associated with HVHF, the likelihood of the occurrence… Read More »

EPA’s 2012 Primary Annual Fine Particle Designation Identifies Attainment Status for All of West Virginia

EPA designated all of West Virginia as being in attainment for the 2012 primary annual fine particle (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) by rule on December 18, 2014. This is significant for industry and business development in West Virginia because, air permitting requirements applicable to the construction of new major sources and major… Read More »

PA DEP Draft Policy – Tracking and Resolving Oil and Gas Violations

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) has been circulating a draft policy document (#550-3000-001) meant to provide guidance to department employees in the Oil and Gas Management program.   The stated purpose is to assist staff in “determining what courses of enforcement to pursue to resolve violations and bring about compliance, and to provide… Read More »

Mandatory Electronic Reporting of Tier II

WV Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (WV DHSEM) is requiring all Tier II reports be submitted electronically begin with the 2014 reporting year information (due March 1, 2015). Reports must be generated using the Tier2Submit 2014 software available here. Versions of the software are available for both Windows and Macintosh operating systems. 

Changes Starting January 2015 with Regard to Water Use Reporting Thresholds in West Virginia

Senate Bill 373 has for the past year been often referred to as the Above Ground Storage Tank Bill which was passed by the West Virginia legislature during the regular 2014 session. But the bill addressed issues outside of storage tanks, including amendments to the state Water Resources Protection and Management Act, W. Va. Code… Read More »

EPA Announces Proposed Ozone NAAQS Revision

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on November 25, 2014 that it will lower the primary and secondary ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) to a level between 65 and 70 ppb. (EPA’s proposal, fact sheets, information on estimated benefits and costs, maps and tables, and other pertinent information are available at:… Read More »

The U.S. Supreme Court Will Decide if EPA Should Consider Costs

On November 25, 2014, the Supreme Court granted certiorari to review the D.C. Circuit’s April 2014 decision, which held that United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had the authority to issue the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for power plants under the Clean Air Act (CAA) §112 without considering costs when determining if the rule… Read More »

Expect More Regulation of Methane & GHGs

During his recent visit to China, President Obama reached a “historic” agreement with China regarding each country’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) to combat climate change. President Obama announced the United States would strive for a more aggressive goal of reducing GHGs by 26-28% by 2025, surpassing the previous goal of cutting GHGs by… Read More »