Environmental

  • June 22, 2010

    DOI Closes Loophole For Well Blowout, Spill Plan

    In response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the U.S. Department of the Interior has reinstated a rule requiring lessees and operators of federal oil and gas leases on the Outer Continental Shelf to provide information in their exploratory plans regarding oil spills, including calculations of their worst-case discharge scenario.

  • June 22, 2010

    Superfund Faces Shortfall

    Current funding levels for the Superfund program won't be enough to clean up the more than 1,200 sites on the National Priorities List, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

  • June 22, 2010

    Venue Up In The Air After BP Spill Litigants' MDL Bid

    With the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation widely expected to consolidate the hundreds of cases stemming from BP PLC's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the buzz is building about where the litigation might be centralized — and whether the panel will settle for one of the two leading venues that the litigants proposed.

  • June 22, 2010

    MMS Rechristened With Fried Frank Partner At Helm

    The Minerals Management Service has become the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement with former U.S. Department of Justice official Michael Bromwich spearheading the administration's efforts to reform the troubled agency.

  • June 22, 2010

    DOI's Deepwater Drilling Ban Deep-Sixed

    Oil interests received a major boon Tuesday when a federal judge invalidated the federal moratorium on deepwater drilling and slammed the government for not having evidence to back up the prohibition.

  • June 22, 2010

    Enviros Sue BLM To Block Oil Leases In Utah Forest

    Utah Rivers Council and two other environmental groups are challenging the U.S. government's decision to lease public lands in the state's Uinta National Forest for oil and gas development.

  • June 22, 2010

    Exxon Hit With $11M Suit Over Massive Gas Leak

    A former Exxon Mobil Corp. gas station in Maryland that was the site of a 26,000-gallon gas leak has accused the oil giant of concealing widespread problems with its leak detection equipment and wants $11 million in damages for fraud and breach of contract.

  • June 21, 2010

    Judge Won't Amend Go-Ahead On $11B Highway Project

    A federal judge will not reconsider his ruling against an environmental coalition in its suit challenging the Federal Highway Administration's $11.4 billion proposal to widen a major Virginia highway, saying the plaintiff already had its chance to convince the court that the plan violated the National Environmental Policy Act.

  • June 21, 2010

    EPA Wants Superfund Taxes Brought Back

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has come out in support of reinstating the lapsed Superfund "polluter pays" taxes, saying they are needed so taxpayers won't bear the cost of cleanups when responsible parties cannot be identified.

  • June 21, 2010

    Indian Tribe Fails To Block Nev. Mine Expansion

    A federal appeals court has mostly affirmed a victory for the U.S. Department of the Interior in an Indian tribe's suit seeking to block the expansion of a mineral exploration project in Nevada.

  • June 21, 2010

    Land Agency Right To Skip Drilling Review: 10th Circ.

    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management did not abuse its discretion when it declined to study a phased development plan favored by environmentalists for the drilling of thousands of new coal bed methane gas wells in the Powder River Basin, a federal appeals court has ruled.

  • June 21, 2010

    EPA Accused Of Slow-Walking Ethanol Cap Decision

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to delay a final ruling on whether to raise the maximum ethanol content in blended fuels to 15 percent is drawing ire from pro-ethanol lawmakers and companies, who say the holdup is impeding domestic renewable fuel development.

  • June 21, 2010

    EPA Delays Crackdown On Lead Paint Rule Violators

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has pushed back the date when it will start enforcing the certification requirement of a new lead-based paint rule, responding to lawmakers' complaints that the regulations were rolled out too hastily.

  • June 21, 2010

    Sierra Club Targets Patriot Units Over Selenium Waste

    In the latest challenge to mine operator Patriot Coal Corp.’s compliance with discharge permits, the Sierra Club and three other environmental groups have launched a suit accusing two of the company's subsidiaries of exceeding limits on selenium discharges at several West Virginia facilities.

  • June 21, 2010

    High Court Lifts Ban On Monsanto's Alfalfa Seed

    The U.S. Supreme Court has reversed a nationwide ban on planting Monsanto Inc.'s Roundup Ready alfalfa in a widely watched case that now heads back to the lower court.

  • June 18, 2010

    Anadarko Lashes Out At Well Partner BP Over Spill

    Anadarko Petroleum Corp., which owns a quarter of the oil well spilling into the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon accident, on Friday turned harshly on partner BP PLC for what it called “reckless decisions and actions” preceding the April 20 explosion.

  • June 18, 2010

    Work At Reopened Ariz. Uranium Mine Stays On Track

    The Sierra Club, the Center for Biological Diversity and other environmental groups have lost their bid for a preliminary injunction against the renewed operation of a uranium mine near Grand Canyon National Park, following extensive wrangling with the U.S. Department of the Interior.

  • June 18, 2010

    Enviros Hit BP, Transocean With $19B CWA Suit

    The Center for Biological Diversity has sued BP PLC and Transocean Ltd. for a potential $19 billion in damages over the Deepwater Horizon disaster, a suit billed as the largest-ever citizen enforcement action under the Clean Water Act.

  • June 18, 2010

    Senate To Vote On 2-Year Delay On EPA's GHG Rules

    The Senate will vote by the end of 2010 on a bill from Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., to postpone the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from large-scale polluters, as the passage of a cap-and-trade plan grows more doubtful.

  • June 18, 2010

    EPA To Propose New Human Pesticide Testing Rule

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to propose new standards for pesticide testing in order to settle a lawsuit brought by several environmental and farmworker advocacy groups over a 2006 rule that allowed human testing.