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Virginia Begins Development of Cap-and-Trade Program for Electric Power Sector

On May 16, 2017, Virginia’s Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Directive 11 (the “Directive”), which directs Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality (“DEQ”) to develop regulations to reduce greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions from the power sector.  Notably, the Directive requires DEQ to develop a program that is “trading-ready,” with market-based mechanisms capable of linking with other jurisdictions. Read More ›

Executive Order Charts New Path For Offshore Energy Development

On April 28, 2017, the Trump administration issued an Executive Order entitled “Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy.”  This EO calls for expanded oil and gas leasing in areas of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) that were recently placed off-limits to energy development, and instructs several federal agencies to reevaluate and possibly reverse recent regulations imposed on the offshore oil and gas industry.  If fully implemented, the EO would clear the way for expanded and expedited development of OCS energy resources.   Read More ›

Interior Secretary Immediately Implements President’s Executive Order on Energy and Climate

New Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke wasted no time implementing the mandates of the Trump Administration’s most recent Executive Order (EO), “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth,” which was issued on March 28.  For a summary of that EO, click here.  On March 29, the Secretary issued two Secretarial Orders (SO) implementing the March 28 Order, and took additional administrative action consistent with its mandates.  Separately, the Secretary has reinstated a public-private advisory committee to address royalty issues. Read More ›

Massachusetts Proposes New Greenhouse Gas Rules for Electric Generation, Natural Gas, and Transportation Sectors

On December 16, 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (“MassDEP”) released draft rules that would impose new greenhouse gas (“GHG”) requirements on the electric energy sector, gas distribution systems, and certain aspects of the transportation sector.  Written comments on the proposed regulations are due on or before February 24, 2017, and public hearings are currently scheduled for February 6 and February 8, 2017. Read More ›

Impacts of the 2016 U.S. Election on Environmental Law, Policy, and Enforcement

The 2016 election results will have wide-ranging impacts on the future direction of environmental law, policy, and enforcement in the U.S.  With 100 lawyers in offices around the U.S. focused on environmental and natural resource law and litigation, Beveridge & Diamond helps clients navigate legal and business risks arising from this evolving legal landscape. Read More ›

ENERGY STAR Disqualifications on the Rise: How to Make Sure Your Product Isn’t Next

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) appears to have significantly increased its enforcement of the ENERGY STAR Program’s conformity verification rules over the past year.  During 2015, under the broad category of “non-lighting products,” EPA removed, or disqualified, from the Program 169 products that it had previously granted the right to bear the ENERGY STAR label.  The 2015 total was more than three times the number of such products disqualified in 2014, and higher than the four prior years combined. Read More ›

We All Scream for . . . Energy?: Turning Ice Cream Products into Energy

While the best solution to our garbage problem may be to make less stuff,  what’s the most appropriate way to manage what’s left?  Reverse distribution of food, electronic and plastic waste consumes local governments and businesses.  That’s why it’s always amazing when people find effective ways to harness alternative sources such as food waste to turn it into sources of energy. Read More ›

Interior Department Proposes to Open Offshore Atlantic Region to Oil and Gas Leasing

The Department of the Interior today announced that it will publish for public comment a draft proposed Five-Year Program (“DPP”) governing the leasing of offshore oil and gas for 2017 through 2022.  Interior’s DPP will follow the current 2012-2017 Five-Year Program (“current program”). Read More ›

Jury Awards Nearly $3 Million in First U.S. Toxic Tort Verdict Related to Fracking

Although the torrent of toxic tort litigation related to hydraulic fracturing that many predicted has not materialized, the first jury award for toxic tort claims relating to hydraulic fracturing operations has now been handed down. A Dallas jury found that Defendant Aruba Petroleum, Inc. intentionally interfered with homeowners’ use of their property in Fort Worth by drilling natural gas wells on neighboring property, causing personal injury and property damage. See Parr v. Aruba Petroleum, Inc., No. CC-11-01650-E (Dallas Co. Ct. at Law, jury verdict June 19, 2014).  Read More ›

Former Department of the Interior Attorney John Cossa Joins Beveridge & Diamond’s Natural Resources and Project Development Group

Washington, DC - We are pleased to announce the expansion of our Natural Resources and Project Development practice with the arrival of John G. Cossa, who has joined the Firm as an Associate in our Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Cossa most recently served as an Attorney-Advisor at the U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Office of the Solicitor, after joining the Department as a Presidential Management Fellow. While at the Solicitor’s Office, Mr. Cossa was lead counsel for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) offshore renewable energy program, and also provided legal advice to the Department’s offshore and onshore oil and gas programs. Prior to joining the Solicitor’s Office, Mr. Cossa served as advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management on Bureau of Land Management energy and land use issues. Read More ›