Industry News

October 24, 2017
On September 12, 2017, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (“MSHA”) published two proposed rules in the Federal Register that would amend a January 23, 2017 Final Rule (“2017 Rule”)...
October 6, 2017
On August 22, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (“D.C. Circuit”) issued an opinion vacating certain Orders issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory...
October 6, 2017
On August 15, 2017, the President signed Executive Order 13807 (“EO13807”):“Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure Projects.”
October 6, 2017
On June 30, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued a Memorandum announcing a temporary enforcement policy regarding standards applicable to monorail hoists.
October 6, 2017
On July 19, 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a final report of its audit (“Audit”) of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials...
October 6, 2017
On July 20, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued the 2017 Regulatory Agenda for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”).
October 6, 2017
On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) published a Proposed Rule that would rescind BLM’s 2015 final rule entitled “Oil and Gas;...
October 5, 2017
On August 3, 2017, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) published its audit report (“Report”) evaluating the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (“PHMSA”) monitoring of pipeline safety from July 2016...
October 4, 2017
On July 7, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (“D.C. Circuit”) issued an opinion vacating certain Orders issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory...
October 3, 2017
On July 25, 2017, the US Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published a report (“Report”) by the newly-created Superfund Task Force (“Task Force”), listing recommendations to improve the efficiency of Superfund...
October 2, 2017
On July 14, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced that it had completed a periodic review of the current national ambient air quality standards (“NAAQS”) related to nitrogen...
September 29, 2017
On August 3, 2017, the U.S. Senate confirmed Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson, the President’s nominees to fill the Commissioner vacancies at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”).
September 29, 2017
On September 7, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued Revenue Procedure 2017-47, which provides a safe harbor for regulated public utilities that inadvertently or unintentionally violated the "Normalization...
September 28, 2017
On July 20, 2017, several federal agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), published their Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (“Unified Agenda”).
September 27, 2017
On August 28, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the U.S. Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers (“Army Corps”) announced eleven sessions to provide stakeholders an opportunity...
September 27, 2017
On September 20, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or the “Commission”) issued a News Release announcing that it had approved two final rules and issued a Notice of...
September 27, 2017
On July 31, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (“Eighth Circuit”) issued an Opinion denying a Petition for Review of a November 2015 Order issued...
September 26, 2017
On July 3, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (the “D.C. Circuit”) ruled 2-1 that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) must begin...
September 25, 2017
On June 8, 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) published a Notice and Request for Input regarding review of its existing policy statements, guidance documents, and regulations pertaining to...
September 22, 2017
On July 7, 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (“DOT”) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) released a new online Code of Federal Regulations (“oCFR”) application (“app”) for mobile...
September 21, 2017
On July 17 and August 28, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) held stakeholder meetings to discuss the future of OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs (“VPP”).
September 20, 2017
On August 1, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) launched a web-based Injury Tracking Application (“ITA”), which enables certain employers to electronically submit required injury and illness data...
July 25, 2017
On July 3, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (the “D.C. Circuit”) ruled 2-1 that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) must begin...
July 7, 2017
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) under the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) is not accepting electronic submissions of injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting requirements at this time.
July 7, 2017
On June 9, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Administrator signed a final rule to delay the effective date of the Risk Management Program (“RMP”) rule amendments until February...
July 7, 2017
On June 6 and 7, 2017, the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee (“GPAC”) of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) held its second public meeting regarding the proposed Safety...
July 7, 2017
On May 31, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a 90-day stay of certain standards of performance for the oil and gas sector, including the fugitive emissions requirements...
July 6, 2017
On May 22, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) Administrator announced the creation of a task force (the “Task Force”) to provide recommendations on an expedited timeframe on how...
July 6, 2017
On May 15, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) filed a Compliance Filing with the Federal District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, detailing its plans to...
July 6, 2017
On May 8 – 12, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) partnered with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (“NIOSH”) and other industry groups to hold...