Beginning in 2015:
— Natural gas producers have to limit emissions of smog-forming volatile organic compounds using “green completions” at well heads.
- EPA’s Summary of Requirements
- EPA’s summary information on requirements for other types of facilities and final rules
— The EPA’s modified greenhouse gas reporting requirements for the oil and gas sector go into effect, revising calculation methods and monitoring and reporting requirements. The Federal Register notice
— CSAPR: The “good neighbor” rule, “transport” rule or the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule starts Jan. 1. While the Supreme Court generally upheld the SO2 and NOx pollution caps for some power plants in 28 states, there are still issues before the appellate court. Oral arguments are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
— DOI’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is raising the liability limit for offshore oil spill-related damages, to about $134 million from $75 million. The increase, which goes into effect in January, is the maximum jump allowed under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, said BOEM, which first proposed the increase in February. More information at BOEM[email_link]