Monthly Archives: June 2015

WV Division of Air Quality Public Hearing on 2016 Proposed Legislative Rules

On June 18, 2015, the West Virginia Division of Air Quality announced a public hearing to take comment on the 2016 proposed legislative rules. The public hearing will take place at the WV DEP headquarters in Charleston on Monday July 6, 2015 at 6 p.m.   The public comment period will end at the conclusion of… Read More »

IEA Proposes “Bridging Strategy” to Achieve Global Peak in Energy-Related GHG Emissions By 2020

On June 15, 2015, the International Energy Agency (IEA- an autonomous organization which works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 29 member countries and beyond) issued a special report entitled “Energy and Climate Change” which proposes a “bridging strategy” that could deliver a peak in global energy-related emissions by the end of… Read More »

PA Chapter 78 Rules – New Issues, New Controversies

The ongoing effort by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to develop new rules for oil and gas activities – Chapter 78 for conventional and unconventional oil and gas operations – continues to make slow progress towards eventual promulgation in 2016. As a “reward” for the voluminous comments submitted by industry in 2014 on the… Read More »

Proposal to List the Big Sandy Crayfish and Guyandotte River Crayfish as Endangered

Coal, oil and gas, timber, and multiple other activities within the Guyandotte and Big Sandy watersheds in West Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky will be subject to new restrictions if the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) proceeds with its recent proposal to list two crayfish species as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act.