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JOHN B. KING, Partner, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson LLP

Being located along the Mississippi River in Louisiana provides a great deal of advantages to petrochemical facilities, including access to natural gas and a global transportation network. Read more

Health, Safety & Environmental

The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers have taken the first of two steps to repeal and replace the definition of "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) promulgated by the Obama administration in 2015. Read more

Regulations

Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) states that a federal agency may not issue a permit to conduct any activity that may result in any discharge into waters of the U.S., unless the state where the discharge would originate... Read more

Regulations

A modern industrial facility requires a large tract of land ideally located in an area designated for industrial use that has access to an existing transportation matrix for raw materials and products. Read more

Current Issue

EPA stated at the time that increased compliance is the ultimate goal and enforcement-oriented actions are not the only tool to achieve that goal. Read more

Regulations

The U.S. is producing more and more crude oil and natural gas and will do so for the foreseeable future. However, oil and gas produced in remote areas must be transported to refineries or other facilities for processing or tank terminals for export. Read more

Pipeline/Transportation

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Due diligence conducted when acquiring assets in a commercial transaction, whether the assets include property with existing operating facilities or undeveloped property on which a facility is to be constructed. Read more

Current Issue

Finding the correct location for your industrial facility, such as a petrochemical plant or a landfill, requires balancing multiple considerations, including access to transportation routes for raw materials or goods. Read more

Engineering, Procurement & Construction

EPA and the Corps of Engineers have finally proposed a new definition of "waters of the United States" to replace the Obama-era definition. Read more

Current Issue

EPA is taking steps to further compliance and reduce emissions in the upstream oil and gas sector. Read more

Health, Safety & Environmental

EPA proposed revisions to the emission standards for the oil and natural gas sector, which has become known as the Methane Rule, on Sept. 11, 2018. Read more

Drilling & Exploration

On the 500th day of the Trump administration, EPA touted its "notable policy achievements," highlighting nine such achievements in a "promises made, promises kept" format. Read more

Health, Safety & Environmental

EPA's enforcement presence has been reduced over the past several years. This trend will continue during the Trump administration as EPA redefines its relationship with states and tribes. Read more

Health, Safety & Environmental

The construction of large and small infrastructure and capital projects has increased significantly over the past several years. Best management practices applicable to construction activities include: clearing, grading and excavation... Read more

Engineering, Procurement & Construction

The rule, also known as the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule, was widely criticized for expanding jurisdiction over tributaries and wetlands. Read more

Health, Safety & Environmental

EPA is continuing its attempts to stay or postpone various Obama-era requirements on the oil and gas industry. It has proposed 90-day and two-year stays of the most recent and encompassing regulations imposed during the last years of the Obama admin. Read more

Health, Safety & Environmental

The Trump administration has recently signaled a retrenchment in agency actions. Read more

Health, Safety & Environmental

Since the beginning of the Trump administration, many of the rules issued by the Obama administration, such as the Clean Power Plan and the Clean Water Rule, have been targeted for review. Read more

Health, Safety & Environmental

Many environmental regulations have been in place for years and provide a certain level of continuity. However, the national ambient air quality standard for ozone has not proven itself a model of stability over the years. Read more

Health, Safety & Environmental

The EPA continues to implement the de-regulatory agenda of President Trump. One rule now being reviewed for repeal and revision is the Clean Water Rule. Read more

Health, Safety & Environmental

Since the beginning of the Trump administration, many of the rules issued by the Obama administration, such as the Clean Power Plan and the Clean Water Rule, have been targeted for review. Read more

Health, Safety & Environmental