Tag: oil and gas

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District Judge Orders Federal Government to Resume Oil and Gas Drilling Auctions

Judge Terry Doughty of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana issued a preliminary injunction on June 15, 2021, blocking the Biden administration from continuing to enforce its moratorium on new oil and gas leases on public lands. “Doughty said that the administration cannot stop leasing without congressional approval and that the […]

Greenwashing

Greenwashing: Lawsuit Charges Oil Companies with False Advertising

On April 22, 2021, Earth Day, New York City (NYC) filed suit in New York Supreme Court against Exxon, Shell, BP, and the American Petroleum Institute. The suit alleges the companies utilize false advertising and deceptive trade practices and made untrue claims about the benefits of using their products (commonly known as “greenwashing” when referring […]

Oil Refinery

Emergency Stay Ordered on EPA’s New Methane Rules

On September 17, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted an administrative stay on the EPA’s implementation of its rollback of oil and gas methane and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions limits.

Oil Refinery

O&G Companies to EPA: Don’t Eliminate Methane Regs

On its way to becoming a final rule, an odd thing happened to an EPA proposal that would withdraw requirements promulgated by the Obama administration—major players in the affected sector itself have come out against the proposal and requested that the Agency preserve the provisions it wants to eliminate.

California Fracking Crackdown Signals Shift in Priorities

In October 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 1057, a bill specifically intended to change the primary mission of the state Division of Oil , Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) from increasing production of oil and natural gas (O&G) in the state to ensuring that the regulation of O&G provides protection of public health […]

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Oil and Gas, Mining Workers Vulnerable to Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is prevalent in workers in the mining and oil and gas extraction sectors, researchers have found. At least 25% of workers in many industries and as much as 30% of workers in others had hearing loss, according to a recently published report.

Oil Refinery

EPA’s Controversial O&G Methane Proposal

Seven years after the Obama administration issued major amendments to Clean Air Act (CAA) New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) affecting the oil and gas (O&G) sector and 3 years after it issued another set of amendments, the EPA is proposing to rescind substantial parts of both actions. First, the Agency wants to remove O&G storage […]

EPA Affirms ‘Zero Discharge’ Rule for Unconventional O&G Facilities

After acquiring new information, the EPA has decided not to revise its June 28, 2016, Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Oil and Gas Extraction Point Source Category. That action finalized pretreatment standards for unconventional oil and gas (UOG) facilities based in part on the Agency’s understanding that no such facilities in the country […]