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Texas Environmental Update
February 28, 2012
The environmental practice of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP offers seamless, front-rank representation in local, state, national, and cross-border regulatory, enforcement, and litigation matters, as well as experienced counsel on the environmental aspects of transactions and operations across the country and around the world. We are dedicated to helping clients successfully navigate complex and costly environmental issues and to building longstanding client relationships founded on superior advice, integrity, and value. We are pleased to provide you with this issue of Bracewell's Texas Environmental Update, offering the latest news about permitting, enforcement, regulatory developments, and other matters of interest to the regulated community in Texas.
BRACEWELL & GIULIANI ALERTS AND PUBLICATIONS
Bracewell & Giuliani is pleased to announce that Lowell M. Rothschild has joined our Environmental Strategies practice as a senior counsel. He advises clients on environmental compliance, enforcement, public policy and government relations issues.
Dealing With the Wild Side of Renewable Energy Development
Bracewell & Giuliani Energy Legal Blog, February 23, 2012
Lindsay Morris, Associate Editor of Power Engineering Magazine, discussed the challenges developers face implementing renewable energy projects with Bracewell & Giuliani attorney Michael Weller at the Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo North America on February 16, 2012. The conference investigated issues and solutions for achieving successful renewable projects while protecting wildlife and complying with [...]
TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY - AGENDAS AND WORK SESSIONS
Commissioners' March 7, 2012 Meeting Agenda
TCEQ Web Site
Commissioners' February 22, 2012 Agenda Meeting Webcast
TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY - NEWS REPORTS
Cement Company May Close 2 Older Kilns, Environmental Group Says
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, February 27, 2012
"A group that has worked to reduce pollution from cement kilns in the Midlothian area said Monday that the last remaining kilns using an older technology could close by 2014."
TCEQ Approves Fines Totaling $427,251
TCEQ Web Site, February 22, 2012
"The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality today approved penalties totaling $387,210 against 50 regulated entities for violations of state environmental regulations."
TCEQ Will Take Another Look at Matagorda Coal-Fired Plant
Houston Chronicle, February 22, 2012
"The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will accept new evidence as part of a court-ordered review of the air pollution permit for a coal-fired power plant to be built in Matagorda County."
What's New in TCEQ Rules
TCEQ Web Site, February 24, 2012
Court Links Water Rights to Land
San Antonio Express-News, February 27, 2012
"In a ruling with possible wide-ranging effects on water regulation, the Texas Supreme Court sided Friday with two Von Ormy landowners who objected to the Edwards Aquifer Authority's power to limit the pumping of groundwater on their ranch."
Other TCEQ News
TCEQ Executive Director Mark Vickery Retires
TCEQ Web Site, February 23, 2012
ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
Final Notice, Reissuance of Nationwide Permits
77 Federal Register 10184, February 21, 2012
E.P.A. Greenhouse Gas Rules Face New Legal Challenges
Reuters, February 27, 2012
"Three federal judges will hear arguments on Tuesday and Wednesday at the D.C. Court of Appeals from groups seeking to overturn the regulations and also convince the judges that the science used by the EPA is wrong."
EPA Proposes to Keep Greenhouse Gas Permitting Requirements Focused on Largest Emitters
EPA Web Site, February 27, 2012
"WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing not to change the greenhouse gas (GHG) permitting thresholds for the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Title V Operating Permit programs."
Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990 - 2010; Notice of Availability and Request for Comments
77 Federal Register 11533, February 27, 2012
Proposed Rule, Proposed Confidentiality Determinations for the Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems Source Category, and Amendments to Table A-7, of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule
77 Federal Register 11039, February 24, 2012
Direct Final Rule, Revisions to Federal Implementation Plans To Reduce Interstate Transport of Fine Particulate Matter and Ozone
77 Federal Register 10342, February 21, 2012
Final Rule, Air Quality Designations for the 2010 Primary Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standards
77 Federal Register 9532, February 17, 2012
Final Rule, National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants From Coal and Oil-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units and Standards of Performance for Fossil-Fuel-Fired Electric Utility, Industrial-Commercial-Institutional, and Small Industrial-Commercial-Institutional Steam Generating Units
77 Federal Register 9304, February 16, 2012
FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
Proposed Rule; Notice of Availability and Reopening of Comment Period; Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Proposed Endangered Status for the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard
77 Federal Register 11061, February 24, 2012
PIPELINE AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SAFETY ADMINISTRATION
Notice of Issuance of Advisory Bulletin, Pipeline Safety: Post Accident Drug and Alcohol Testing
77 Federal Register 10666, February 23, 2012
OTHER TEXAS ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS
Pipeline Pushing Forward
Longview News-Journal, February 25, 2012
"A judge in Paris ruled Friday that work on the Keystone XL Pipeline could proceed through the northernmost of 18 Texas counties on its route to the Gulf Coast."
Eminent Domain Rehearing Sought
San Antonio Express-News, February 24, 2012
"Texas is in the midst a shale drilling boom on an unprecedented scale, but the oil and gas industry is concerned that an eminent domain fight over a carbon dioxide pipeline near Beaumont could slow that down."
Texas to Get $6.5 Million in Oil Spill Damages
Austin American-Statesman, February 24, 2012
"HOUSTON - An investor in the Deepwater Horizon rig that blew up in the Gulf of Mexico, causing the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, has agreed to pay Texas $6.5 million for damages caused to the coast, the Texas Attorney General said in a statement Friday."
Draft Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990 - 2010
EPA Web Site, February 27, 2012
"This chapter summarizes the latest information on U.S. anthropogenic greenhouse gas emission trends from 1990 through 2010."
Fact-Based Regulation for Environmental Protection in Shale Gas Development
The University of Texas at Austin Energy Institute Web Site, February 2012
"The overall approach of the initiative was to develop a solid foundation for fact-based regulation by assessing media coverage and public attitudes, reviewing scientific investigations of environmental impacts, and summarizing applicable state regulations and regulatory enforcement."