On May 21, 2024, a group of 20 states, including Louisiana and Texas, filed an action in North Dakota district court challenging the Council on Environmental Quality’s (“CEQ”) finalized amendments to its National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) regulations, arguing that the rule seeks expanded environmental review without statutory authority.
Continue Reading Louisiana and Texas Challenge CEQ’s Finalized NEPA Amendments 

In a recent decision, the United States Supreme Court held that Section 3 of the Federal Arbitration Act requires a court to stay a proceeding pending arbitration and provides no discretion for the court to dismiss the action. In Smith v. Spizzirri,1 the Supreme Court settled a significant circuit split on the interpretation

The availability of excess remediation damages, which are damages for additional remediation beyond state regulatory standards that can be pocketed by landowners instead of deposited with the court, has been a hotly contested issue in Louisiana legacy cases involving oilfield remediation claims governed by Act 312 (La. R.S. 30:29).
Continue Reading Liskow Secures Success at the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal in Legacy Case Involving Excess Remediation Claims Under Act 312

On April 17, 2024, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a Civil-Criminal Enforcement Coordination Policy (“Policy”) that requires EPA’s civil and criminal enforcement offices to collaborate throughout the planning and enforcement process.
Continue Reading EPA Issues Civil-Criminal Enforcement Coordination Policy, Changing Approach to How It Handles Collaboration Between the Two Offices

EPA issues two rules for regulating #PFAS under the #SDWA and #CERCLA. The rules (1) set enforceable limits in drinking water for six PFAS, and (2) designate two PFAS as #hazardous substances.
Continue Reading EPA Sets Limits on Certain PFAS in Drinking Water and Designates Some as Hazardous Substances Under CERCLA, Posing Vast Challenges for Waste and Other Industries

On April 15, 2024, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (“BOEM”) released a prepublication of its highly anticipated final rule revising financial assurance requirements for oil, gas, and sulfur operations on the federal outer continental shelf (“OCS”).
Continue Reading BOEM’s New Financial Assurance Requirements for Federal Oil & Gas Leases, ROWs, and RUEs

Moving forward in the legislative session, three bills sponsored by Chairman Geymann are scheduled for a vote on the House Floor this afternoon, April 16. Read up on the latest #CCS update from Liskow attorneys Neil Abramson and Jeff Lieberman.
Continue Reading Floor and Committee Action Today for Louisiana Carbon Capture Legislation

On February 8, 2024, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) proposed two rules that would: (1) amend the regulatory definition of hazardous waste applicable to RCRA corrective actions to address releases from solid waste management units at treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (“TSD facilities”), and (2) add nine per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”), their salts, and their structural isomers to the hazardous constituents list of RCRA.
Continue Reading EPA’s Proposed Rules for Regulating PFAS under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

The Louisiana Legislative Session continues to address Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) with several bills up for discussion by the Committee on Natural Resources tomorrow, Tuesday, April 9, at 9 A.M. The proposed bills touch upon unitization, eminent domain, liability concerns, and revenue dedication of CCS within the state.
Continue Reading Continued Progress: Latest Developments in Louisiana’s Carbon Capture Legislation