Archive for the “Environmental Law 101” Category

EPA is holding a number of webinars/updates on various issues, including updates on their ongoing Study of Hydraulic Fracturing. Recordings of the events are accessible here. A recent one on fracking is here. There’s a live one on hydraulic fracturing going on right now, but I can’t seem to log into it. I did manage […]

As I’ve noted in the past, having a chemical engineer in charge of the EPA is one of the best things since peanut butter. And Lisa Jackson has done a really good job. Burning-the-midnight-oil knowledge of chemistry is really important for being able to understand, at a fundamental level, and address so many environmental problems. […]

President Obama has ordered a review of environmental, health and safety regulations. All well and good, but let’s not forget that many of these regulations reflect lobbying by special interests. These reviews should focus on science and common sense, with the lobbyists kept out of the room. By and large, I’d also like to see […]

The San Jose Mercury News has nice article summarizing environmental actions during the first year of Obama’s administration. Among them, he’s Increased gas mileage standards for cars and light trucks 40 percent, from today’s 25 mpg to 35 mpg by 2016. … Issued EPA rules requiring large U.S. ships to cut soot emissions by 85 […]

So, EPA is ruling that carbon dioxide and other GHC’s are a problem.  As noted here by the AP Under a Supreme Court ruling, the so-called endangerment finding is needed before the EPA can regulate carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases released from automobiles, power plants, and factories under the federal Clean Air Act.

There’s a recent article in the NY Times about a case before the Supreme Court on whether Florida’s Supreme Court violated the U.S. Constitution’s regulatory takings clause when it upheld a plan to create a state-owned public beach between private waterfront property and the Gulf of Mexico. has a link to a nicely targeted letter by Wilma Subra, on proposed Marcellus shale hydraulic fracturing activity, to the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation.   (Here is an interview with Ms. Subra, which gets into a her background and methods.  She won a MacArthur Foundation fellowship about 10 years […]

There is an extremely important component of environmental regulations, which could well become significant as we unpack and dig into the Marcellus shale environmental issues, such as those under scrutiny by members of The basic idea is that that effluent data (for discharges to aqueous environments), and emissions data (to air) usually cannot be […]

We are starting to drill down now into the NY State draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on permits for drilling in the Marcellus shale.  The environmental consequences of this drilling are of concern to many, such that it is important to investigate both the legal/regulatory and the technical aspects of this permitting process. For […]