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State Regulators Are On Track To Improve Oil Train Safety

Our November 13 post noted that most of the crude oil from the Bakken Formation in North Dakota is shipped to ports and refineries throughout the United States by rail, typically in unit trains with one hundred cars or more. Fully twenty percent of all production from the Bakken is shipped through Pennsylvania to refineries in Philadelphia. Over t...

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Falling Prices Ignite Concern Over Bakken Crude

Gasoline prices have been falling steadily for months. Now a gallon may be purchased for substantially less than three dollars in many regions of the country. That’s welcome news for consumers, but environmentalists, regulators and first responders have been asking whether there are risks associated with this happy development that may not be...

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Is There a Statute of Limitations for Contribution Actions Under New Jersey’s Spill Act?

A cornerstone of environmental legislation in New Jersey is The New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act (“Spill Act”), N.J.S.A. 58:10-23.11 et seq.; New Jersey’s analogue to the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, more commonly known as CERCLA. Like CERCLA, the Spill Act is the prim...

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Handling Ebola-Contaminated Waste: Guidance for Hospitals and Haulers

Ebola is a messy disease. Patient care, even in hospital isolation, produces large quantities of contaminated waste … linens, towels, gowns, masks, gloves and sharps … that many hospitals are not equipped to dispose on site. In non-hospital settings, symptomatic patients contaminate virtually everything they contact including porous m...

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Obermayer Attorneys and RT Environmental Services Engineer Present at Environmental Seminar

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP attorneys Joseph J. McGovern, Hercules W. Grigos and Alex P. Basilvesky presented, “Handling Environmental Opportunities & Challenges with Local Municipalities in a Post-Robinson World,” live at the firm’s Philadelphia office and via web to remote locations. Gary Brown, P.E., Presiden...

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Constitutional Environmental Rights

On December 19, 2013 the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued its long awaited decision in Robinson Twp. v. Commonwealth,83 A.3d 901 (Pa. 2013). The principle question before the Court was the constitutionality of various provisions of Act 13, the Corbett administration’s signature 2012 legislation that rewrote Pennsylvania’s oil & gas...

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Obermayer’s Environmental Law Partner Joe McGovern Appointed Vice Chair of Environmental Transactions and Brownfields Committee

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—September 4, 2012--Obermayer’s Joseph J. McGovern was recently appointed to a one-year term as Programs Vice Chair for the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Environmental Transactions and Brownfields Committee for the 2012-2013 ABA Year. As Programs Vice Chai...

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Alex P. Basilevsky featured in Q&A with Storm Waters Solutions magazine

 Alex P. Basilevsky is featured in a Q&A with Storm Waters Solutions magazine about the growing trend of citizen suits against straying facilities concerning storm water discharges. Basilevsky is a member of Obermayer's Environmental department. Click here to read the "Citizen Suits" interview.

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Obermayer Environmental Law Partner Scores Win Against the EPA

  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - January 10, 2012 - Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP partner, Joseph J. McGovern, recently brought to favorable resolution a long-running bitter dispute in which the EPA had been attempting to collect over $30 million it squandered at a Superfund Site on the Delaware waterfront in Philadelphia from an i...

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Stormwater Enforcement...What you Need to Know With Act 2 Brownfields Update

 

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