Category Archives: Industry news

EPA final rule includes E1527-13 as AAI compliant

On December 30, 2013 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took final action and amended the “All Appropriate Inquiries Rule” (AAI) to reference ASTM E1527-13. This amendment clarifies that the new standard should be used to comply with the AAI rule. … Continue reading

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North Dakota shale play driving demand for environmental due diligence

The North Dakota shale boom is an exciting spectacle to behold. I traveled there last spring and was amazed by the new opportunities and tremendous amount of activity. As I drove into Williston, I was amazed to see so much … Continue reading

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Typhoon Haiyan strikes the Philippines – Mapping technology supports relief efforts (Part 2)

Online mapping technologies are at the forefront of an innovative worldwide collaborative effort to assist the relief effort currently underway in the Philippines. Last week we covered MicroMappers and Google Person-Finder; online mapping technologies infused with social media and how … Continue reading

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SXSW Eco 2013 – Shark tank for environmental innovators

The third SXSW Eco took place this past week in Austin. The mission of the annual conference is to bring together “thought leaders and decision makers” who are “working to solve the complex challenges facing civil society, the economy, and the natural … Continue reading

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The end of coal? EPA announces carbon emission limits for new power plants

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced the first-ever carbon limits on new power plants in the United States. The move is an executive action as President Obama acts to bypass Congress. House Republicans have denounced CO2 limits as a “war … Continue reading

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ASTM E-1527 revisions open for public comment

  The EPA has issued a Federal Register notice indicating that the proposed changes to ASTM 1527 are open for public comment until September 13, 2013. The revised standard (E1527-13) will be effective 90 days from the close of the … Continue reading

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Gulf Coast Restoration Plan available for public comment

Photo Credit: Kris Krug via Compfight cc In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon well blowout and oil spill of 2010, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council was established by the Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability, Tourism, Opportunities Revived Economies (RESTORE … Continue reading

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Revised BLM rules for fracking on federal and tribal lands

The Department of Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released an updated draft of the proposed new rule governing fracking on federal and tribal lands: oil and gas, well stimulation, including hydraulic fracturing, on federal and Indian lands. … Continue reading

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83rd Texas Legislature: Pending bills would regulate water use in fracking operations

  We all need water to survive, and so does the Texas economy. As the population grows alongside the booming oil and gas industry, water issues have come to the forefront to stay. The process of hydraulic fracturing, which is … Continue reading

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A regulatory compliance history of the West Fertilizer Plant in Texas

  Please scroll down for more original TCEQ documents. The West Chemical and Fertilizer Company started in 1962 on the outskirts of Abbot Hill, Texas – just under five miles northeast of its current location in the town of West. … Continue reading

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Phase I ESA changes expected with ASTM E1527-13

  Many in the environmental industry are concerned about the upcoming proposed changes to ASTM E1527-05, the protocol established by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) to advise environmental professionals on best practices when conducting a Phase I … Continue reading

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BP on trial for Deepwater Horizon disaster

The federal trial against BP and its partners started Monday in New Orleans. The first phase of the trial will determine whether the oil companies were grossly negligent in causing the Deepwater Horizon well blowout and oil spill of 2010, … Continue reading

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Keystone XL and pipeline leaks in the United States

  Most everyone has heard about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline at this point. The international pipeline is proposed to deliver Canadian crude oil from northeastern Alberta to markets and refineries in the United States. The pipeline is already partially … Continue reading

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Common abbreviations used by the TCEQ

  When conducting state agency file research it’s important to know the lingo. Reports and correspondence documents found at the Central Registry are loaded with technical jargon and acronyms. This is a brief guide to the most common acronyms used by the … Continue reading

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Texas lawmakers thirsty for water funding in 83rd Legislature

  Water remains a high priority for the members of the Texas 83rd Legislature session. According to the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), an alarming 96% of Texas is currently experiencing drought conditions, with the statewide water reservoir only 67% … Continue reading

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