Author Archives: Carissa Ries
This past March the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released new rules on hydraulic fracturing activities on federally managed lands. The BLM oversees and performs regulatory duties on around 700 million subsurface acres of federal mineral estates and 56 … Continue reading
Have a safe and happy Fourth of July! While you’re winding down the work week, check out a few of our recent tweets from our twitter feed.
This month the EPA released a final technical guide to aid environmental professionals in effective investigation and mitigation of vapor intrusion. The new technical guide, Assessing and Mitigating the Vapor Intrusion (VI) Pathway from Subsurface Vapor Sources to Indoor Air, … Continue reading
This week the EPA released its draft assessment of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on drinking water resources. The findings are now available for public comment and expert peer review.
We will be at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Trade Fair and Conference this year. Please stop by booth #303 and say hello! Carissa Ries firstname.lastname@example.org
The Texas Legislature introduced House Bill 40 this week. The House Committee on Energy Resources voted 10-1 to approve the legislation for consideration by the full House. HB40 is among a number of bills filed after Denton residents voted a … Continue reading
Google Earth is a useful tool that allows you to explore any location in the world. You can view different imagery layers and even overlay a few historical aerials. The search features allow you to zoom anywhere in the world … Continue reading
As we start the new year it is interesting to look back and reflect on last year’s most popular posts here on Environmental Prose. Here are our most viewed posts from last year. How to convert Google KMZ files and … Continue reading
Happy Holidays from The Banks Group! We’re wishing you all the best in the new year!
A chemical leak caused four deaths and one injury at a DuPont facility in La Porte Texas. The chemical, methyl mercaptan, leaked for two hours in the early morning Saturday. There were five employees in the facility who were responding … Continue reading
Effective October 6, 2015 the use of the historical standard (ASTM E1527-05) will no longer be in compliance with the All Appropriate Inquiries Rule (AAI). On December 20, 2013 ASTM E1527-13 procedures were published by the EPA for persons conducting … Continue reading
Last month North Carolina state legislators passed a new law regulating the management of coal ash waste. The new regulations were developed in response to the Dan River coal ash spill in February 2014 at a closed power plant previously … Continue reading
The recent US shale boom has spurred economic growth but it has also generated a public debate about whether the hydraulic fracturing methods of extracting the fossil fuels cause water, air, or other environmental degradation. This week, the Proceedings of … Continue reading
In February, 70 miles of North Carolina’s Dan River turned gray after a broken stormwater pipe released millions of gallons of sludge from a retired power plant. The company responsible for the spill, Duke Energy, found the source of the … Continue reading
This week the EPA proposed an amendment to all appropriate inquiries under CERCLA to remove reference to E1527-05 and replace it with the new E1527-13 standard. The public comment period is open until July 17, 2014. Summary from the Federal … Continue reading