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BLM issues fracking rule for federal lands

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a final rule on March 20 regulating the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” for oil and gas on federal lands, and within minutes of announcing the rule, oil and gas associations filed suit to block it. The new rule requires oil and gas companies operating on federal lands to disclose the chemicals they use in their fracking operations through the industry-sponsored FracFocus website, and it requires the companies to take steps to prevent leakage of fracking fluids from their wells. BLM says that the costs of compliance will amount to one-fourth of 1% of the cost to drill a well. Nevertheless, the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Western Energy Alliance quickly filed suit to block the rule, claiming that the states adequately regulate fracking already and that new federal rules will only serve to slow down resource development on public lands. Congress also responded, as Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, introduced a bill to limit the authority to regulate fracking to the states. Reaction to the new BLM rule from environmental groups has ranged from “a step in the right direction” to “toothless.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015

California governor proposes $1 billion for drought relief

With snow pack in the Sierra Nevada mountains at or near all-time lows and his state facing a fourth consecutive year of extreme drought, California Governor Jerry Brown has proposed a $1 billion package of drought relief to expedite projects aimed at conserving water and helping communities. The proposal includes little in the way of new money, drawing mostly from previous bond authorizations—including a $7.5 billion water bond approved by California voters in November 2014—but it would accelerate the distribution of funds to help water infrastructure projects get started and to provide food and water to struggling communities. “This drought shows no sign of abating, and this package is a welcome step to accelerate relief to communities that are hardest hit,” said Timothy Quinn, executive director of the Association of California Water Agencies. “The expedited bond funding will help needed projects get out of the gate more rapidly—including recycled water projects that are ready to go and can be brought online relatively quickly. It also jump-starts some longer term projects that will help improve the resiliency of our system to combat future droughts.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Anthesis acquires UAE environmental consultancy

Completing its seventh deal in the last 18 months, U.K.-based sustainability consulting firm Anthesis has acquired The Environment Partnership (TEP), an environmental consulting firm based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). TEP provides hazardous materials management, environmental and social impact assessment, and environmental, health, and safety auditing for property development, energy, and other commercial clients, as well as public-sector entities. TEP has a staff of five full-time professionals and brings Anthesis’ employee count to more than 130 people. “To meet our strategic aims, we need to have our own staff on the ground in strong local markets and in support of our global clients in their operations and their supply chains,” said Stuart McLachlan, Anthesis’ CEO. “TEP brings a strong team, quality client relationships and pipeline, and many years of experience working in the region.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Tetra Tech wins $20 million EPA research contract

Tetra Tech, Inc. (Pasadena, CA) has received a contract from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support the testing, evaluation, and reporting activities of the agency’s National Homeland Security Research Center. Under the five-year, multiple-award contract, Tetra Tech will provide technical support services related to the center’s efforts to develop tools and technologies for detecting and mitigating contaminants that may enter drinking water supplies, wastewater systems, and urban areas. These technologies are likely to include methods for sampling and analyzing water supplies for the presence of various contaminants, as well as systems for treating wastewater generated by a contamination event. The contract has an estimate value of $20 million to Tetra Tech over its lifetime.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015

STV picks up project management firm

Construction management, planning, engineering, architectural, and environmental services firm STV Corp. (New York, NY) announced that it has acquired Diversified Project Management (DPM; Newton, MA), a provider of owner’s project management services in New England. DPM employees 65 people full time and has an extensive portfolio of projects across a broad range of commercial sectors, including academia, healthcare, high technology, laboratory and life sciences, industrial, municipal, retail and hospitality, and non-profit. The combination of the two companies “advances STV’s strategic goal to deepen its 35-year presence in the New England marketplace while enhancing existing service lines,” said Milo Riverso, STV’s president and CEO. “It is consistent with STV’s strategic plan to become a national provider of construction and project management services.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015

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