On June 10, 2015, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator proposed to find that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from certain classes of engines used in aircraft contribute to the air pollution that causes climate change and that endangers public health and welfare under section 231(a) of the Clean Air Act.
On May 4, 2012, the US Bureau of Land Management ("BLM" or the "Bureau"), which is part of the Department of the Interior, released its proposed rule for regulating hydraulic fracturing on public and Indian lands. As expected, the proposal addresses public disclosure of fracturing fluid constituents, well-bore integrity, and wastewater management.
The relatively recent technological development of combining hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling to produce large quantities of natural gas (and liquids in many cases) from shale formations in the United States has and will likely continue to have significant impact on energy production.
On July 28, 2011, the US Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA" or "the Agency") announced the release of a 604-page suite of proposed air regulations for oil and gas production, processing, transmission, and storage.
On March 16, 2011, the US Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA" or the "Agency") announced its proposed "air toxics" rules to restrict emissions of mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel, acid gases, and organics from coal- and oil-fired power plants.
On November 5, 2009, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee adopted S. 1733 (known as the "Kerry-Boxer bill" and as the "Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act"), a 959-page climate bill offered by the Committee’s Chair, Senator Barbara Boxer.
While Congress continues to work on new US climate change legislation, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) is rapidly cranking out greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations under the existing Clean Air Act (CAA).
Since the House of Representatives passed its sweeping energy and climate bill, H.R. 2454, which is known as the “American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009” or the “Waxman-Markey” bill, the US Senate has become the focus of energy-related legislative activity.
After only a few hours of general debate and consideration of only two amendments, the US House of Representatives agreed on June 25, 2009 to approve H.R. 2454, the “American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009” (ACESA), otherwise known as the “Waxman-Markey” bill.