Mar 16, 2022

Liquid Terminal Industry Seeks Superfund PFAS Waiver

The liquid terminal industry which provides the infrastructure, storage and transportation planning for bulk liquid products such as oil, gas, industrial chemicals and fertilizers, is petitioning the EPA to consider exemptions to superfund laws for PFAS chemicals in firefighting foam.  ILTA which represents over 80 terminal companies is requesting that the EPA work collaboratively with the industry for research and development efforts which would give rise to clear guidance on disposal methods, while waiving superfund liability for releases of PFAS used for fire suppression.  For more information, contact Phillip Hoover.

Oct 7, 2020

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Procedural Challenge to Climate Change Cases

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court added to its docket a climate change case filed by the City of Baltimore against major oil and gas companies seeking to recover the cost of local climate impacts including flooding and heat waves. Baltimore’s claims, filed in state court under state common law, mirror allegations against the oil and gas industry in lawsuits from state and local governments in California, Colorado, Rhode Island and elsewhere.  Defendants in the case are seeking to remove the cases from state court to federal court where they believe the court will be less willing to entertain expansive… Read more

Dec 18, 2014

New York Bans Fracking

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the State of New York will ban fracking within its boundaries. Oil and gas operators desiring to access the portion of the Marcellus Shale play that underlies New York are likely to oppose and legally challenge the ban.  For more coverage on the State’s actions, click HERE. Contact Steve O’Day for more information regarding this issue.

Sep 8, 2014

Fracking on Public Lands: EIS May Be Required

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has agreed to settle litigation in California by preparing environmental impact statements (EISs) for two disputed oil and gas well leases in the Monterey Shale formation.  The agreement includes suspension of operations and production on the leased sites pending preparation of the EISs, with the right of the plaintiff environmental groups to return to court to litigate the sufficiency of the EISs, or challenge a decision to move forward with the fracking leases after completion of the EISs.  The settlement is of two related lawsuits, both styled Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club… Read more