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  1. Oil and Gas: Slawson Exploration to resolve ND air pollution claims

      BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Slawson Exploration Company Inc. has agreed to settle alleged Clean Air Act violations stemming from the company's oil and gas production activities in North Dakota including on an American Indian reservation, federal officials said Thursday. As part of the settlement, Slawson Exploration agreed to pay a $2.1 million civil penalty and will spend at least an estimated $2 million to fund environmental mitigation projects, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said. The settlement resolves claims that Slawson Exploration failed to adequately design, operate and maintain vapor control systems on its storage tanks at about 170 oil and natural gas well pads in North Dakota, resulting in emissions of volatile organic compounds — a key component in forming smog or ground-level ozone. "Safe, responsible, and lawful development of domestic energy resources and technology is of great importance to a sustainable future for all Americans," Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden said in a statement. The Denver-based company agreed to improve emission control systems on its oil storage facilities in the Williston Basin. Slawson Exploration said the agreement is not an admission of liability but instead represents a compromise with the EPA "on areas of regulation we interpret differently," the company said in a news release. "We take public health and environmental protection very seriously, which is why our company has been proactive in the evaluation of our oil and gas facilities and implemented a robust inspection and maintenance program well ahead of this announcement," Slawson Exploration president Todd Slawson said. Slawson Exploration's total expenditures on system upgrades, monitoring and inspections are estimated at $4.1 million, federal officials said. Many of the system upgrades already are in place. Many of Slawson Exploration's North Dakota wells are located on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in western North Dakota, home to the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, also known as the Three Affiliated Tribes. The proposed consent decree was filed with the U.S. District Court in Bismarck. There will be a 30-day public comment period, and approval is needed by the federal court.

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    Sat, 3 Dec 2016

  2. EPA Head Rejects Air Permit for TVA's Bull Run Coal Plant in Tennessee

    McCarthy granted a petition to object to a Clean Air Act title V operating permit issued by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to TVA.

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    Mon, 28 Nov 2016

  3. EPA rejects air permit for TVA's Bull Run coal plant in Tennessee

    McCarthy finds fault with ways to ensure compliance with opacity limits

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    Mon, 28 Nov 2016

  4. Clean Energy Won’t Stop with Obama Administration, EPA Chief Says

    McCarthy used her speech and subsequent question-and-answer period to offer a spirited defense of EPA policy during the Obama administration.

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    Wed, 23 Nov 2016

  1. Clean energy won’t end with Obama administration, EPA chief says

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    Wed, 23 Nov 2016

  2. Maryland seeks emissions cuts from out-of-state coal-fired power plants

    The petition includes data that ostensibly shows that these power plants have stopped running their pollution controls effectively

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    Mon, 21 Nov 2016

  3. Maryland Seeks Emissions Cuts From a Long List of Out-of-State Coal Plants

    The petition, filed under Section 126 of the federal Clean Air Act , asks that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency require 36 power plant units in the upwind states (Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia) to run their air pollution controls to reduce emissions. 

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    Mon, 21 Nov 2016

  4. Holmstead Mum on Any Interest in Becoming EPA Chief

    A fellow Bracewell official, lobbyist Frank Maisano, had told the same conference on Nov. 15 not to be surprised if Holmstead ends up being EPA chief in 2017 under President-elect Donald Trump.

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    Mon, 21 Nov 2016

  5. Holmstead mum on any interest in becoming Trump's EPA chief

    Now an industry lawyer, Holmstead has EPA experience

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    Mon, 21 Nov 2016

  6. BLM final rule aims to curb venting, flaring on onshore federal lands

    The US Bureau of Land Management issued a final rule aimed at reducing releases of natural gas into the atmosphere from oil and gas operations on onshore public and Indian tribal lands. Oil and gas associations were immediately critical. Two groups even sued in federal court, charging that the rule ...

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    Wed, 16 Nov 2016

  7. Van Ness Expects More Coal-Tolerant CO2 Rules Under Trump

    The law firm issued another post-election analysis on Nov. 11 titled “How will a Trump Administration Re-set U.S. Climate Policies?”

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    Mon, 14 Nov 2016

  8. Would a Trump administration be more coal friendly?

    Trump EPA could take more incremental approach on carbon

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    Mon, 14 Nov 2016

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