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Ohio earthquakes linked to nearby brine injection
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • March 11 2012

On March 9, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources released Preliminary Report on the Northstar 1 Class II Injection Well and the Seismic Events in the Youngstown, Ohio Area arguing that underground injection of brine from hydraulic fracturing probably caused a series of earthquakes in northeast Ohio


Building competition winners announced
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • March 11 2012

Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced March 5 the winners of the Better Buildings Case Competition, a challenge that encourages college students to develop and present real world solutions to increase building energy efficiency


Feedstocks rule withdrawn
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • March 11 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency withdrew a direct final rule March 5 that would have approved a number of new fuel feedstocks and processes under its renewable fuels program


Biodiesel support
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • March 11 2012

Fifty members of Congress sent letters to the White House Office of Management and Budget last week asking the administration to finalize the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to increase the amount of biodiesel required under the Renewable Fuel Standard


Biobased products legislation
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • March 11 2012

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced legislation (Grow It Here, Make It Here, S. 2155) March 5 that would expand a federal loan program for biofuels and other biobased products such as plastics an chemicals and strengthen the Agriculture Department’s BioPreferred program


BLM AZ plan
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • February 26 2012

The Bureau of Land Management published a notice February 17 identifying swaths of Bureau sites across Arizona that could be suitable for small and utility-scale solar and wind power projects


$10 million for CCS
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • February 26 2012

The Department of Energy issued a $10 million funding opportunity focused on developing advanced oxy-combustion technologies for carbon capture and storage that can be applied to new or retrofitted coal-based power plants


Total cost of EPA air toxics rule requested
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • February 26 2012

Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter February 22 to Jacob Lew, the White House chief of staff, asking the White House to compel the Environmental Protection Agency to provide an estimate of the total cost of its mercury and air toxics standards for power plants


$3 million for solar
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • February 26 2012

Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced February 23 $3 million for research projects that significantly reduce the cost of solar energy


Confidential business information determinations
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • February 26 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency re-proposed a rule February 24 that would treat requests from oil and gas companies to extend their use of alternate emissions reporting methods as confidential business information