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[caption id="attachment_765" align="alignnone" width="300"] Oil and gas companies need to be prepared for unexpected environmental liabilities[/caption] Politicians and media commentators often have harsh words for companies that suffer environmental mishaps, characterizing them as the result of a blatant disregard for safety. However, this simplistic view overlooks...

The Florida Brownfields Redevelopment Program was launched in 1997 after the state legislature passed the Brownfield Redevelopment Act. The statute specified a number of central goals for the program, including: Reducing risks to public health and the environment at commercial and industrial sites that are vacant or underused...

[caption id="attachment_742" align="alignnone" width="300"] Does your facility's SPCC Plan properly account for mobile refuelers?[/caption] In late 2006, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revised its Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule with the stated goal of easing compliance requirements for facilities that have relatively small...

[caption id="attachment_738" align="alignnone" width="201"] Booming U.S. oil production brings increased concerns about environmental compliance[/caption] The production of oil and gas has increased dramatically in the United States during the past few years, generating a rare sense of optimism about the economy but also growing concerns about...