Category Archives: Climate Change / CCS

New Guidance Requires Federal Agencies to Consider GHG Emissions and Climate Change in their NEPA Reviews

The President’s Council on Environmental Quality (“CEQ”) has finalized guidance to assist federal agencies in their consideration of the effects of greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions and climate change when evaluating proposed federal actions under the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”). According to the CEQ, the guidance will “facilitate compliance with existing NEPA requirements, thereby improving… Read More »

LNG Exports Begin as NGOs Press Climate Change Challenges

The first commercial shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) left Cheniere Energy’s newly constructed export terminal in Sabine Pass, LA at a time when natural gas prices are expected to remain low and NGO’s seek to block future exports through climate change challenges. According to a Law360 article, Cheniere closed on a $5.9 billion financing… Read More »

The Clean Power Plan Stay Draws A Wide Range of Responses

The U.S. federal court system is very busy these days managing the Obama administration’s efforts to develop and implement the nation’s environmental policy on Climate Change.  On February 9, 2016 the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on the pending litigation of the Clean Power Plan before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of… Read More »

US EPA Proposes Changes to 40 CFR 98 Subpart W

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) proposes to change 40 CFR 98 subpart W ( Greenhouse Gas Reporting – Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems). See, 81 Fed. Reg. 4987 (January 29, 2016). Certain equipment and processes related to onshore natural gas process, onshore natural gas transmission compression, underground natural gas storage, LNG storage,… Read More »

Perspectives on COP21 and Future Coal Production

Reporting on the historic climate deal in Paris as a result of the COP21 climate change conference, the Guardian’s headline proclaimed “Paris climate deal: nearly 200 nations sign in [sic] end of fossil fuel era.” http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/12/paris-climate-deal-200-nations-sign-finish-fossil-fuel-era. The future of coal production domestically and internationally is an important topic to many readers of this blog. Therefore,… Read More »

Climate Change: From the Parlor to the Boardroom

On the November 6, 2015, President Obama announced that the U.S. Department of State rejected the application for the Keystone XL pipeline as not being in the national interest. On November 9, 2015, Peabody Energy, Inc., the largest U.S. coal producer, agreed to disclose climate change and climate-related regulatory risks to its business in response… Read More »

U.S. Energy and Environmental Policy and Law In the Making: The Clean Power Plan

It’s been a busy week for the United States and the Obama Administration’s Climate Change Initiative. On October 23, 2015, the Clean Power Plan was published in the Federal Register.  This official act triggered the rush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the federal court to which all national Clean Air… Read More »

EPA Focuses on Methane Leaks as Climate Change Takes Center Stage

In the September 2015 edition of the US EPA’s Compliance Alert, EPA reported that it and state investigations had identified Clean Air Act compliance concerns regarding significant emissions from storage vessels, such as tanks or containers, at onshore oil and natural gas production facilities. This EPA alert is consistent with the administration’s attention on climate… Read More »

PA Climate Impacts Assessment Update

In 2008, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed the Pennsylvania Climate Change Act (Act 70) which directed the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to conduct a study of the potential impacts of global climate change on Pennsylvania over the next century and issue a report to be updated every three years. A team from Pennsylvania… Read More »

EPA Releases Clean Power Plan

On August 3, 2015, President Obama and EPA Administrator McCarthy released the agency’s Clean Power Plan, regulations designed to significantly reduce CO2 emissions from power plants, as well as promoting low-emitting power sources and energy efficiency. These sweeping new rules may revolutionize the nation’s power generation system, and will be challenged vigorously in federal court.… Read More »