Monthly Archives: October 2014

Sensible Development of Shale Energy Resources

Is it possible that a billionaire who gave the Sierra Club $50 million to combat air pollution would support shale gas development?   On July 21, 2011, the New York Times reported that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced he would donate $50 million to the Sierra Club to help address climate change concerns.… Read More »

PA Chapter 78 Rulemaking Revisions – A Break for Conventional Operations

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s efforts to develop new environmental performance standards for unconventional shale gas operations, pursuant to mandates in PA Act 13, contained some collateral impacts for conventional operators in the Commonwealth. As the result of some recent legislative action, some relief is being proposed for these conventional operators. 

Does New Ohio EPA Policy Means Less Familiarity With Sources? Agency to rotate inspectors and permit writers every 5 years

Craig Butler, the Director of Ohio EPA, recently announced a new initiative by which agency staff will rotate throughout the various districts and divisions of the agency starting this fall. The letter, dated September 30, 2014, states that the new rotation policy is intended to help foster consistency among agency offices. “We believe staff rotation… Read More »

WV Aboveground Storage Tank Act – Emergency Rule

On September 18, 2014 the WV DEP released a rough draft of the WV Aboveground Storage Tank Act – Emergency Rule. This is different than the temporary interpretive rule filed on September 9, 2014. The agency wants the publics input into the development of the rule. On October 1, 2014 the agency will hold a… Read More »