The Clean Air Act’s good neighbor provision prohibits upwind states from emitting air pollutants in amounts that will “contribute significantly to nonattainment” of a national ambient air quality standard in a downwind state.
A study published today in Environmental Science & Technology confirms official figures from the Environmental Protection Agency showing that an enormous amount of methane – about 80 billion cubic feet per year – is escaping from thousands of key nodes along the nation’s natural gas interstate pipeline system. This equals the 20-year climate impact of… Keep reading →
The historic conundrum of developing Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a marine fuel has a chicken versus egg element to it. Vessel operators interested in LNG are hesitant to make the commitment to build and/or convert ships to LNG without a guaranteed fuel supply. There is plenty of capital willing to build LNG liquefaction facilities,… Keep reading →
Another data point in the continuing public discussion of EPA’s plan to make the nation’s standards for ozone more restrictive, even as the existing standards have ozone levels falling 18 percent from 2000 to 2013 (chart below) – and giving every indication levels will continue to fall. A new study by the Center for Regulatory… Keep reading →
On June 29, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxins (MATS) rule, ruling that the agency unreasonably overlooked the costs associated with the regulation. While the decision dealt a significant blow to the environmental agenda of the Obama administration and provided a rare win for the reeling… Keep reading →
Methane emissions from vast oil and gas operations in the densely populated Barnett Shale region of Texas are 50 percent higher than estimates based on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) greenhouse gas inventory, according to a series of 11 new papers published today in Environmental Science & Technology. The majority of these emissions are from… Keep reading →
California public school teachers. Religious charities. New York police officers and firefighters. What do all of these groups have in common? Investors representing them — who manage $1.5 trillion in retirees, current employees’, and others assets – are standing together and calling for strong rules limiting harmful methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.… Keep reading →