Monthly Archives: November 2014

EPA Amends CSAPR Compliance Dates and Allowance Allocations to Comply with Court Order

In response to the recent United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit’s (D.C. Circuit or Court) order, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an interim final rule on November 21, 2014 (without prior notice or opportunity for public comment) to amend the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) compliance deadlines… Read More »

Horizontal Well Completion Permit by Rule Proposed by Ohio EPA, Open for Interested Party Comment

Ohio EPA has announced a proposed new “permit-by-rule” that would cover emissions associated with horizontal well completion operations. The proposed rule language is open for Interested Party Review as part of the bigger package of proposed changes to the NSR Permitting Program Rules in OAC Chapter 3745-31. 

Utah District Court Strikes Down Regulation of Species Under the Endangered Species Act

U.S. District Judge Dee Benson issued a significant ruling in the District of Utah finding that prohibiting the take of Utah prairie dogs on private lands is unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause.  The case is People for the Ethical Treatment of Property Owners v. USFWS, 13-278-DBD, D. Utah and the decision can be found here… Read More »

Pennsylvania General Permits For Natural Gas Facilities Air Emissions

Pennsylvania’s unconventional natural gas producers and mid-stream operators have been operating in the “Twilight Zone” when it comes to having clear and concise guidance from the Pennsylvania DEP relative to general permits for emissions from well pad sources (Exemption 38) or gathering, compression and processing facilities (GP-5).

Public Comment Period on Proposed Listing of Northern Long-Eared Bat Reopened

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has reopened the comment period on its October 2, 2013 proposed rule to list the northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.  The original comment period, scheduled to end on December 2, 2013 was previously extended to January 2, 2014.  The reopened comment period… Read More »