Death by a Thousand Fracking Rules

In Medieval times one form of dispatching miscreants was called “pressing”.  The punishment involved piling stones on top of the offender one at a time slowly suffocating him from the weight on his chest.  Not only did this rid the kingdom of troublemakers but it had a ”crucify him” like effect on the gathered witnesses Read more about Death by a Thousand Fracking Rules[…]

EPA Plays ‘The Hunger Games’ with Coal

The US EPA proposed new rules March 27, 2012 that limit the amount of carbon dioxide that may be emitted at new US power plants.  The notice of proposed rulemaking was careful to point out that the proposed rules would not apply to existing power plants, modified plants or those under construction. The practical effect Read more about EPA Plays ‘The Hunger Games’ with Coal[…]

Sackett’s Sack US EPA at Supreme Court 9-0

This was a victory worth savoring. The US Supreme Court in a 9-0 ruling overturned a lower court decision denying judicial review of an enforcement action decision by the US EPA  assertion that their property was a wetland. You may have seen this story on TV. It is a classic David and Goliath story of Read more about Sackett’s Sack US EPA at Supreme Court 9-0[…]

US EPA MACT Attack

To ring in the New Year, your friends at the US EPA issued the final Utility MACT rule. At 1, 117 pages it might take you a while to get through it. So conveniently, EPA prepared measured doses of the MACT medicine for you in four separate fact sheets: Benefits and Costs Summary of the Read more about US EPA MACT Attack[…]

Is America’s War on Fossil Fuels Even Good Politics?

The conventional wisdom is that the US EPA’s virtual war on fossil fuels especially coal is part of a concerted policy prescription to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save the world from the consequences of global warming, climate crisis or climate change as it has been variously called.  EPA has promulgated rules including the Cross Read more about Is America’s War on Fossil Fuels Even Good Politics?[…]

FERC to EPA: Do You Know What You are Doing to Electric Reliability?

On November 29-30 FERC will hold a technical conference on reliability in Washington.  If you cannot attend a free live webcast is available for this meeting. All webcasts are archived for 3 months.  It should be interesting to see who shows up and who is squirming as they answer the questions from FERC Commissioner Philip Read more about FERC to EPA: Do You Know What You are Doing to Electric Reliability?[…]

Inspector General says EPA Bungled Endangement Rule Process

The EPA Inspector General issued a report on September 26, 2011 prepared at the request of Senator James Inhofe about the integrity and veracity of the endangerment finding on greenhouse gas emissions issued by the agency in 2009.  The Endangerment Finding is a trigger and precedent for other rules, but is not itself a specific Read more about Inspector General says EPA Bungled Endangement Rule Process[…]