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The Horinko Group's Newsletter: Sustainabulletin

January 2013 — In this month's bulletin...

1/14 WEBINAR RECORDING AVAILABLE

EPA: HYDRAULIC FRACTURING REPORT

1/30: INTERVIEW W/ MARIANNE HORINKO

...and as always, a new featured column

Andrew Manar presents as part of THG's Environmental Speaker Series in 2012.


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THG WEBINAR NOW AVAILABLE
"EPA Air Issues for the Oil and Gas Industry" (January 14, 2013)

Mentoring Environment & Energy Together Webinar

Clara Maria Poffenberger

The Mentoring Environment & Energy Together project hosted its second webinar on January 14 entitled, EPA Air Issues for the Oil & Gas Industry.  Clara Maria Poffenberger, Partner at Bingham in Washington, DC, presented on the current legal, regulatory, and environmental landscape of air issues within the oil and gas industry. 

Ms. Poffenberger introduces air pollution law, emissions regulation, and the pollution control mechanisms for oil and gas sources.  The webinar calls attention to hydraulic fracturing in particular and how emissions regulation for hydraulically fractured wells may differ from other oil and gas sources.

To listen to the webinar audio and watch the video recording of the presentation, visit bit.ly/THGJan14MEETWeb.

EPA RELEASES UPDATE ON HYDRAULIC FRACTURING
Progress Report Follows Study of Potential Impacts of Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources

EPA Progress Report on Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water ResourcesOn December 21, 2012, EPA released an update on its ongoing study investigating the impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources.  This progress report follows the 2011 Final Study Plan.  In addition to outlining the research questions and framework, this report provides updates on the 18 research projects underway, including data, case study details and research summaries.  EPA is not expected to draw conclusions until 2014 when the final report draft is to be published.

Some changes to the research program announced in the progress report include:

  • The use of FracFocus, an online database where well operators can upload information about the chemical composition of fracking fluid, as a contributing data source for the study.
  • The removal of De Soto Parish, Louisiana as a case study site.
  • The discontinuation of research on interactions between hydraulic fracturing fluids and various rock formations.  Instead, EPA will rely on research already underway by DOE and academic institutions.

To read the full report, visit 1.usa.gov/XbyOKa.

MANAR SWORN INTO ILLINOIS STATE SENATE
Sworn in on January 9 to Represent Illinois' 48th District

Andrew Manar

Illinois State Senator Andrew Manar

Andrew Manar, The Horinko Group’s Senior Advisor for Public-Private Partnerships & Stakeholder Engagement, was recently sworn in as an Illinois State Senator on January 9.  Mr. Manar, who previously served as a Midwest rural community mayor, County Board Chairman, and State Senate Chief of Staff, will represent Illinois’ 48th District, which includes parts of Springfield.

“My job is to be the voice of 225,000 people in that 48th District, and that’s what I intend to do.” Mr. Manar told Springfield's State Journal Register.

To read the article in its entirety, visit bit.ly/SJR-Manar.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER MAYORS:
SHARED LESSONS OF HURRICANE SANDY
Authored by Mayors Dave Kleis, Francis Slay, Jo Anne Smiley, Tyrone Coleman, Dickie Kennemore, AC Wharton, Paul Winfield, Larry Brown and Melvin L. 'Kip' Holden

Mississippi River Floodwaters in 2011

Mississippi River Floodwaters in 2011
(Image: The Atlantic/May 19, 2011)

(CQ Press) Mayors from various cities along the Mississippi River reflect on the shared challenges presented to communities prone to natural disasters including flooding, drought, and hurricanes. 

Like the cities affected by Hurricane Sandy, these Mississippi River communities are asking questions about how to balance economic and job growth with safety and encountering the shared difficulty of answering them.  As representatives of the cities and towns along the banks of the largest navigable river in the world, the authors point out that these questions can no longer be ignored, but must be embraced in a collaborative manner.

To read the full article, visit bit.ly/MRMsandy.

GAO PUBLISHES STUDY ON EPA'S NEXT GENERATION COMPLIANCE INITIATIVE
"EPA Should Develop a Strategic Plan for Its New Compliance Initiative" (December 10)

GAO: EPA Should Develop a Strategic Plan for Its New Compliance ProgramThe Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report in December focused on the lacking strategic plan for EPA’s Next Generation Compliance Initiative.  The initiative was introduced in 2012 with the goal of increasing enforcement and compliance transparency and accountability. 

This report reviews all actions EPA has undertaken under the Next Generation Compliance initiative and the extent to which EPA is developing a strategic plan to integrate Next Generation Compliance into its enforcement and compliance program.  Based on the study results, GAO recommends that EPA develop a schedule for completing a strategic plan for the integration of Next Generation Compliance.

To read the full report, visit 1.usa.gov/VgLpOG.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Mark Stansberry’s Radio Interview with Marianne Horinko
January 30, 2012 | 9:30 AM EST | Listen to the Live Stream

Mark Stansberry

Mark Stansberry

Mark Stansberry, energy leader and author of America Needs America’s Energy: Creating Together the People’s Energy Plan, hosts the Weekly Roundtable that airs each Sunday on Tulsa’s Talk Radio Station.  The show features an interview with a new guest each week. 

The Horinko Group’s President Marianne Horinko will be this month’s guest.

To listen to the live feed on January 30 at 9:30am Eastern, visit www.1170kfaq.com
A recorded podcast will be made available following the live session.


AWRA Spring Specialty Conference
March 25 – 27, 2013 | St. Louis, MO | Registration

Mississippi River (source: NGRREC)

Mississippi River Aerial View
(Image: NGRREC)

The preliminary program for the March 25-27 American Water Resources Association Spring Specialty in St. Louis, is now available at: http://www.awra.org/meetings/Spring2013/.

The Spring Conference is offering a field trip and special evening event, providing conference participants with two unique opportunities to experience the natural wonders and water resources attractions at the Mississippi-Missouri River Confluence, including an exclusive tour of the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center’s Confluence Field Station. 


New Partners for Smart Growth Conference
February 7 – 9, 2013 | Kansas City, MO | Registration

Mississippi River (source: NGRREC)

The 12th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference will bring together leaders in various disciplines from across the U.S. to discuss smart-growth solutions to today’s economic, environmental and social challenges.  Smart-growth aims to create a more vibrant economy, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, assure a healthy population, foster more equitable development, and expand transportation and housing options for all Americans. 

To learn more about this conference, visit http://www.newpartners.org.


Environmental Law Institute: Oil Pollution Update
January 31, 2013 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM EST | Washington, DC Environmental Law Institute

The Environmental Law Institute will host a review of recent Oil Pollution Act litigation following the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  An expert panel will discuss oil pollution law developments including the BP criminal plea agreement, legislation allocating of potential civil penalties, and the natural resource damages assessment underway.

To RSVP and learn more about the event, visit http://bit.ly/ELIOPA13113.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT

SEMINAR ON EPA'S HYDRAULIC FRACTURING STUDY
Webinar Provides Projet-Specific Updates on EPA's Study of Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources

EPA's January 4 Hydraulic Fracturing WebinarA complete archive of the January 4 seminar entitled "EPA's Study of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources: An Update for Federal, State, Local, and Tribal Representatives" is now available.  The seminar covers background information on the EPA hydraulic fracturing and drinking water study, updates from the recently published progress report, and outlines the next steps for stakeholder engagement and the continuation of the study.

To download and replay the seminar, visit http://bit.ly/EPAFRAC1413.

For more resources related to EPA’s study of hydraulic fracturing, visit http://bit.ly/CLUFRAC13.


FEATURED COLUMN

Hot Issues in Brownfields Advocacy for 2013 (EXCERPT)

Marianne HorinkoAuthored by: Marianne Horinko, President, The Horinko Group

Marianne Horinko, THG President and Chair of the National Brownfields Association's Advocacy Committee, kicks-off the 2013 Profile Leadership Series with a look ahead at the hottest issues Brownfield activists intend to tackle.

The crystallizing economic recovery coupled with a host of legal and social policy issues have created a hotbed of environmental questions and Brownfields redevelopment in 2013.

TO READ THE REMAINDER OF THE FEATURED COLUMN, VISIT http://bit.ly/THGJan2013FC.