Friends,

Just a short note today to mention that the preliminary results of EPA‘s HF/natural gas drilling study was released today as well as EPA’s long-awaited final Boiler MACT rule.

Here are resources for each:

1)      EPA Natural Gas Study: Jason Hutt (202) 255-2042, Jason.hutt@bgllp.com, and Mike Weller (202) 828-5812, michael.weller@bgllp.com

2)      The long awaited Boiler MACT rule reconsideration was released: Bob Bessette (703) 231-5496, bessette@cibo.org, Lisa Jaeger (202) 828-5844, lisa.jaeger@bgllp.com  (STATEMENT BELOW)

3)      Sen. Kerry is likely to be named Secretary of State.  Given that I expect enviros will be hailing it for climate change issues, we also would be happy to offer perspective, should you need.  Feel free to call me, or Scott Segal (202-828-5845), scott.segal@bgllp.com

I hope everyone has a great holiday.  We’ll see you next week on the edge of the fiscal cliff.

Frank Maisano
(202) 8282-5864
c. (202) 997-5932

IN THE NEWS  

CIBO Statement on EPA Final Reconsidered Boiler MACT Rules – Bob Bessette, the President of the Council of Industrial Boiler Owners (CIBO) released the following statement on today’s EPA announcement issuing final reconsidered Clean Air Act standards for boilers and certain incinerators, known as the Boiler MACT rules:

“EPA made some significant modifications to its previous rules.  These changes will greatly improve the ability of facilities to comply.  CIBO worked with EPA to provide data and technical expertise on a number of difficult issues, to address problems in the original final and then the reconsidered rules.  Boilers that power manufacturing plants and provide steam energy to all types of facilities are complex operations.  We appreciate EPA’s effort and time in analyzing additional data and working through the many operational challenges our members face.

“Hopefully, the changes EPA has made will decrease the economic and jobs impact on the still-struggling manufacturing, commercial, and institutional sectors and national economy. Originally the 2010 proposed Boiler MACT rule would have imposed a $20 billion capital cost on affected sources, putting over 337,000 jobs at risk. EPA’s reconsidered proposed rule was still a costly $14 billion.  CIBO is reviewing the final rule to determine what its cost will be.

“These rules are complicated and we will look at them closely to see whether the standards can be met by the diverse boiler types our members operate and fuels they use.  The Clean Air Act requires that EPA set emission limits that can be achieved in practice by real facilities, so that is the standard we will use to assess whether the rules satisfy the mandate of the Act.”

FUTURE EVENTS

API to Hold State of Energy – The American Petroleum Institute will hold its state of the energy industry on January 8th at Noon in the Andrew Mellon Auditorium.  API CEO Jack Gerard will outline the new realities of energy in America and the ways the oil and natural gas industry is working and investing every day to ensure the safe exploration, production and delivery of American-made energy. Energy that is vital to creating jobs, growing businesses and ensuring our quality of life.

USEA Holds Annual State of Energy Forum – The US Energy Association will hold its annual state of the energy industry forum on January 16th (my birthday for any of you thinking about getting me something) at the National Press Club at Noon. Distinguished leaders from the most influential and active energy trade associations as they present the priorities, issues, trends, and challenges affecting the industry in 2013.  Speakers will include Marv Fertel (Nuclear Energy Institute), Jack Gerard, President & CEO, American Petroleum Institute), Regina Hopper (America’s Natural Gas Alliance), Skip Horvath (Natural Gas Supply Association), Tom Kuhn (Edison Electric Institute), Hal Quinn (National Mining Association), Dave McCurdy (American Gas Association), Joe Nipper (American Public Power Association), Rhone Resch (Solar Energy Industries Association), Don Santa (Interstate Natural Gas Association of America),

John Shelk (Electric Power Supply Association) and JoAnne Emerson (National Rural Electric Cooperative Association).