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Category Archives: Environmental Law

No Bright Lines for Pipelines

Natural Gas Regulation

The United States Supreme Court recently issued a 7-2 decision that dismantled almost 70 years of bright-line jurisprudence in the energy industry and, instead, instituted a “make-it-up-as-you-go-along” approach. The decision upholds states’ rights to regulate conduct under antitrust principles in the energy industry even though the same conduct is concurrently subject to federal regulation. While …

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New York Lawmakers Agree on Brownfield Law Extension With Less Drastic Changes to Tax Credits

In a departure from his budget proposal, the Legislature negotiated changes with the Governor to extend the tax credits for New York’s Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) with relatively modest changes to BCP eligibility requirements.  The Governor’s budget proposal would have limited the lucrative “tangible property” tax credit, which is the credit based on a percentage …

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Source Aggregation: Recent Court Decision Addresses Whether Certain Facilities are “Adjacent”

On February 23, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania issued a decision finding eight compressor stations to be “separate sources” under the Clean Air Act and State of Pennsylvania regulations.  Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future v. Ultra Resources, Inc., 4:11-CV-1360, 2015 WL 769757 (M.D. Pa. Feb. 23, 2015).  This case addresses a …

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New Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Well Transfer and Status Change Procedures Detailed

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has developed new instructions for handling oil and gas well transfers and status and ownership changes. DEP is asking operators that as they update their well inventories that they be aware of these requirements when they submit information back to the appropriate DEP district office. The instructions summarized here …

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Grants Available for Specialty Crops – March 26 Deadline

In early February 2015, a spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Agricultural and Rural Development (MDARD)announced the availability of a series of grants for Michigan specialty crop growers. The grants are funded by the Crop Block Grant Program, an initiative of the United States Department of Agriculture Ag Marketing Servicesprogram. The grants are designed to …

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