Category Archives: Climate Change / CCS

Expect More Regulation of Methane & GHGs

During his recent visit to China, President Obama reached a “historic” agreement with China regarding each country’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) to combat climate change. President Obama announced the United States would strive for a more aggressive goal of reducing GHGs by 26-28% by 2025, surpassing the previous goal of cutting GHGs by… Read More »

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 »

What Does Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions as Described by EPA in the “Tailoring Rule” have to do with the Clean Air Act?

UARG v. EPA (Tailoring Rule Litigation) On June 23, 2014 Justice Scalia delivered the opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court on the question of whether EPA motor vehicle greenhouse gas regulations necessarily automatically triggers permitting requirements under the CAA for stationary sources that emit greenhouse gases. The statements in the opinion concerning EPA’s assertions of… Read More »

Methane Emissions from Oil and Natural Gas Production and Use – How Accurate are the Estimates?

During a recent Environmental Law Institute teleconference, the climate change director of the US EPA’s air office cautioned that a better understanding is needed before drawing any conclusions from the top down or atmospheric sampling that was done to determine the level of methane emissions from the oil and gas industries. 

President Obama’s Methane Reduction Strategy

On March 28, 2014, President Obama released his methane reduction strategy (MRS) as the next step in the administration’s efforts to fight climate change, following through on the broad based “Climate Action Plan” outlined by the president during a speech in June 2013.  While carbon dioxide remains the principal greenhouse gas of concern (EPA estimates… Read More »

West Virginia Chamber Comments on the Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New Stationary Sources – Electric Utility Generating Units

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber) provided comments on March 20, 2014, objecting to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed new source performance standards relating to emissions of greenhouse gases from coal and natural gas electric generating units (EGU). See proposal, 79 Fed. Reg. 1430 (January 8, 2014).  The Chamber comments focus upon the… Read More »

The Winds of Change: Are We Ready for Offshore Wind Energy?

Readers of this blog in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia may agree that we seem to be blessed with abundant energy sources in our own Appalachian backyards which have provided stable energy to fuel our factories, industrial might and status as a world superpower.  But the development of these resource has presented environmental concerns, reigniting… Read More »

Recent Study on Methane Gas Emissions Generates Debate

A recently completed study prepared by researchers from Harvard University and seven other institutions reports that methane gas emissions are approximately 1.5 times greater than estimated by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The report was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.  The potential for higher methane emissions could derail some… Read More »

Texas Takes Over Greenhouse Gas Permitting from EPA

The EPA delegated authority over greenhouse gas permitting to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) after months of negotiations between the two entities.  Texas is the leading greenhouse gas producer in the United States and was the only state in 2010 that refused to meet new federal greenhouse gas emission rules. 

Nebraska Sues US EPA Over New Carbon Limits for Utilities

Nebraska has brought the first law suit against U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed new carbon limits for power plants [see January 15, 2014 blog article], saying that the proposed rules are based on commercially unviable emission control technology.  Nebraska’s Attorney General is demanding that the EPA withdraw its proposal to cap carbon dioxide emissions from… Read More »