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DOE Approves Fourth LNG Export Terminal

DOE’s fourth LNG export approval comes just weeks after the previous (Lake Charles) approval, indicating an improved timeline for evaluating pending applications. On September 11, 2013, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced conditional authorization for Dominion Cove Point LNG LP to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to non-Free Trade Agreement (non-FTA) nations.  The authorization, subject…...

Freeport Signs Two LNG Export Agreements

Freeport LNG has entered into long-term natural gas liquefaction tolling agreements with two Asian companies. On September 9, 2013, Freeport LNG Expansion LP announced that it has signed agreements with two Asian companies to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its proposed natural gas liquefaction and loading facility at Quintana Island, Texas.  The two separate…...

Greenhouse Gas Regulations and the Clean Air Act

On September 30, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider a major challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s implementation of greenhouse gas regulations under Section 202 of the Clean Air Act, a hearing that could affect President Obama’s timetable for existing power plants and state implementation plans. The EPA will likely face ongoing litigation on most…...

Agency Efforts to Improve Offshore Drilling Oversight

The Department of Interior announced new efforts during the end of August to collaborate with both the Department of Energy and Department of Transportation to enhance oversight of offshore drilling safety and to update regulations overseeing production safety.  Overview The Agency’s efforts will support technological improvements, research and development in offshore operations, data collection on…...

Public Response to Hydraulic Fracturing Rule Demonstrates Increased Significance of Environmental Regulatory Policy

The overwhelming number of public comments to the recent Department of Interior (DOI) hydraulic fracturing rule is an indication of the increased role regulatory policy – and the rulemaking process – is playing in environmental policy during the second term. Overview A large number of industry representatives opposed the rule during the public comment period,…...

Ongoing Opposition to Federal Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

The overwhelming number of public comments to the recent Department of Interior (DOI) hydraulic fracturing rule is an indication of the increased role regulatory policy – and the rulemaking process – is playing in environmental policy during the second term. A large number of industry representatives opposed the rule during the public comment period, emphasizing…...

DOE Approves Third LNG Export Project

Lake Charles Exports, LLC becomes the third facility to obtain DOE authorization to export U.S. LNG to non-FTA countries. On August 7, 2013, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced conditional authorization of Lake Charles Exports (LCE), a jointly-owned subsidiary of BG Group and Southern Union Company, to export U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) to non-free…...

EPA Revises VOC Standards for Oil and Gas Storage Tanks

EPA’s revised 2012 VOC emissions standards for oil and natural gas storage tanks provides phased-in emission control deadlines, addressing higher-emitting tanks first and providing sufficient time to install controls. On August 5, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released final revisions to its 2012 New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions…...