- Capital University Law School, J.D., 2010, cum laude
- Miami University, B.A., 2005
Bar & Court Admissions
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
- Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.
Ryan is an associate in the Columbus office and a member of the energy and environmental group. He counsels clients on a wide variety of environmental matters including federal and state air, water and waste regulatory permitting. Ryan also assists clients involved in the development of the Utica Shale.
Ryan is a member of the Columbus, Ohio and American Bar Associations and serves on the Ohio State Bar Association’s Environmental Law Committee. He is also a member of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association.
Ryan received his J.D. cum laude from Capital University Law School, where he was member of the Order of the Curia and the Order of the Barristers. He received his B.A. from Miami University.
Prior to joining Vorys, Ryan was an associate at a law firm in Pittsburgh, PA.
Professional and Community Activities
- United Schools Network's Columbus Collegiate Academy, Board Member
- 12/5/2018Vorys Client Wins Summary Judgment in an Air Permit Appeal before Ohio Environmental Review Appeals CommissionThe Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission recently granted summary judgment in favor of our client, Harrison Power, LLC, in an appeal filed by the Ohio Valley Jobs Alliance.
- 11/4/2015Vorys attorneys Ryan Elliott and Dick Schwartz were speakers at the OOGA Technical Conference on November 4-5, 2015.
- 5/14/2015Vorys attorneys Ryan Elliott, Tom Fusonie, Pete Lusenhop and Tim McGranor were speakers at the Shale Drilling Disputes and Litigation Seminar on May, 14 2015, hosted by HalfMoon Education.
- 4/23/2020On April 23, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, held that a permit is required for either “a direct discharge of pollutants from a point source into federally regulated navigable waters, or when there is the functional equivalent of a direct discharge.”
- 4/13/2020On April 10th, U.S. EPA published an interim guidance memorandum titled “Site Field Work Decisions Due to Impacts of COVID-19."
- 3/23/2020As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve day by day, we recommend carefully reviewing each of your facilities’ environmental-related permits, orders, and other compliance obligations.
- 10/1/2019On September 24, 2019, U.S. EPA proposed amendments to the 2012 and 2016 New Source Performance Standards for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry under 40 CFR (“2012 NSPS” and “2016 NSPS”, respectively).
- 4/22/2019Client Alert: USEPA Issues Interpretive Statement on NPDES Applicability to Releases of Pollutants from a Point Source to GroundwaterOn April 12, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) issued an interpretative statement concluding that all releases of pollutants from a point source to groundwater are excluded from the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program pursuant to Sections 301 and 402 of the Clean Water Act (Act). USEPA’s interpretative statement clarified that such discharges are excluded from NPDES permit requirements even where pollutants are conveyed to jurisdictional surface waters via groundwater.
- 3/1/2019Ryan Elliott, an attorney in the Vorys Columbus office, recently wrote an article for the Oil & Gas Association’s OOGA Bulletin titled, “The WOTUS Saga Continues.”
- 5/10/2018Oil and Gas Alert: U.S. EPA Releases Draft New Owner Clean Air Act Audit Program for Oil and Natural Gas Exploration and Production FacilitiesOn May 4, 2018, U.S. EPA released an updated draft audit program agreement that will be available to new owners of oil and natural gas exploration and production facilities.
- 2/5/2016Oil and Gas Alert: EPA Proposes Amendments to GHG Reporting Rule for the Oil and Natural Gas IndustryOn January 29, 2016, USEPA proposed amendments to the petroleum and natural gas systems source category of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule, 40 CFR Part 98, subpart W (GHG Reporting Rule).
- 10/7/2015In September 2015, U.S. EPA published a Compliance Alert addressing compliance concerns regarding emissions from controlled storage vessels at oil and natural gas production facilities.
- 12/1/2014On November 26, 2014, U.S. EPA proposed a more stringent national ambient air quality standard for ozone. The Clean Air Act requires U.S. EPA to establish two air quality standards for ozone: a primary standard, to protect public health with an “adequate margin of safety”; and a secondary standard, to protect the public welfare. U.S. EPA’s proposal reduces the current primary and secondary ozone standard of 75 parts per billion (ppb) to a level that is proposed to be between 65 and 70 ppb.
- 11/14/2014On November 13, 2014, Ohio EPA issued draft amendments to the rules in OAC Chapter 3745-31 governing the Permit-to-Install New Sources and Permit-to-Install and Operate Program, including a new permit-by-rule (PBR) provision for emissions from horizontal well completion operations (OAC 3745-31-03(C)(2)(m)).
- 3/14/2014On March 10, 2014, U.S. EPA published proposed revisions and confidentiality determinations for the petroleum and natural gas source category of the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting Rule, 40 CFR Part 98, Subpart W. The proposed revisions to Subpart W include amendments of general applicability, revised calculation methods and reporting requirements for specified emission sources within the source category, and confidentiality determinations for the new and substantially revised data elements associated with the proposed amendments to the rule.
- 9/19/2013House Bill 59, which becomes effective on September 29, 2013, amended several sections of Ohio law governing the disposal of waste substances generated from oil and gas production operations. On September 16, 2013, Ohio EPA released three draft Guidance documents to facilitate the implementation of the new oil and gas-related waste management requirements.
- 6/2013Ryan Elliott, an associate in the Vorys Columbus office, authored an article for the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section’s RPTE eReport.
- 5/15/2013On May 1, 2013, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency published notice of proposed revisions to its Best Available Technology (BAT) program.
- 3/26/2013On March 14, 2013, Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced a bill (H.R. 1154) to amend the Clean Air Act (CAA) to eliminate the exemption for aggregation of hazardous air pollutants from oil and gas sources. CAA § 112(n)(4) currently prohibits the aggregation of emissions from "any oil or gas exploration or production well (with its associated equipment) and emissions from any pipeline compressor or pump station."
- November/December 2011