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Clean Air Act: The Status of EPA’s Methane Regulation Rollbacks and Associated Litigation

Methane is the main ingredient of natural gas and a potent greenhouse gas (“GHG”) with a short half-life. When methane leaks into the air before its use—from a leaky valve at a drilling site, for example—it absorbs the sun’s heat and warms the Earth’s atmosphere. The largest source of methane emissions in the United States is the oil and gas industry (source: EPA). The methane regulations established by the Obama […]

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EPA’s Groundwater Guidance Is Vague, Not Likely To Be Finalized

This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a draft guidance on compliance with the Supreme Court decision regarding Clean Water Act (“CWA”) permits for groundwater pollution. The draft guidance narrowly interprets the permitting required by the April Supreme Court decision in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund. In Maui, the Court ruled Clean Water Act permits can be required under certain circumstances when pollution hits groundwater before […]

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Environmental Groups Sue Homeland Security To Force Review of Tear Gas Munitions in Portland

Wed Nov 11th, On Litigation, by

In recent months, the city of Portland has been subject to near-nightly barrages of tear gas and other chemical munitions in response to protests. Though local police used some tear gas munitions in response to early protests, the sustained, repeated, high-volume use of CS gas (2-chlorobenzylidene malononitrile) has been deployed by federal troops sent by the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) at the behest of the White House, in fulfillment […]

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SCOTUS To Decide Procedural Issue In Oil Companies Climate Change Case

Mon Oct 5th, On Litigation, by

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Friday to hear an appeal in BP P.L.C. v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore (No. 19-1189), in which a group of multinational energy companies objected to a lawsuit brought in state court by the City of Baltimore. The suit alleges the oil companies made a deliberate effort to conceal the hazardous climate effects associated with the use and production of their fossil-fuel products. […]

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