Monthly Archives: July 2014

Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

On Thursday, July 17, 2014, Australia’s Senate voted 39-32 to repeal the nation’s carbon tax. The House of Representatives approved the repeal earlier this week. Australia is the world’s 12th largest economy and the second largest per capita carbon dioxide emitter. The Clean Energy Act of 2011 created the carbon tax, known as the “carbon… Read More »

Enviros Seek to Preclude Affirmative Defenses in Clean Air Act Citizen Suits

On April 18, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the D. C. Circuit upheld Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations setting emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from cement kilns but struck down an affirmative defense that protected cement plant operators from civil penalties in private citizen suits if the exceedances resulted from “unavoidable… Read More »

Induced Seismicity and Underground Injection of Drilling Fluids

At the recent midyear meeting of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) geological experts from Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas provided updates and analyses of the historic and current seismic activity in their respective states. They offered that while some of the seismic activity can be linked to the injection of fluids into geologic formations… Read More »