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EPA Agrees To Weigh State Requests To Align Audit Policy But Doubts Need

A senior EPA official says the agency will consider state requests for pacts allowing new oil and gas facility owners that comply with voluntary state audit programs to also qualify for penalty relief under a recently issued federal policy, though the official said EPA's past enforcement history makes such agreements largely unnecessary.

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NAS Backs Use Of Oil Dispersants But Seeks To Harmonize Test Methods

A National Academies of Sciences (NAS) panel is backing the use of chemical dispersants to address oil spills but is urging EPA and other agencies to harmonize their toxicity testing methods and take other steps to address them, advice that could help environmentalists who are pledging to sue to force the agency to update its rules on dispersants.

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5th Circuit Raises Standing Bar For Groups' Suit On EPA Drilling Permit

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit grilled environmentalists at recent oral argument on whether they have standing to sue EPA over a Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit for offshore oil and gas activities in the western Gulf of Mexico, raising concerns about how the groups could trace harms to specific discharges.

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States, Environmentalists Back ‘Alternative Compliance’ In Methane Rules

State environmental commissioners are joining environmentalists to urge EPA and state governments to bolster the use of “alternative compliance” provisions in their rules limiting methane releases from oil and gas operations, a step they argue could ease industry costs while still delivering equivalent emissions cuts.

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Pipeline Firm Urges Justices To Decline Suit On Timing Of CWA 401 Reviews

A natural gas pipeline company is urging the Supreme Court to reject a petition from environmentalists to clarify when states' Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401 certifications for natural gas pipelines are final and subject to judicial review, arguing there is no split between and among federal appellate courts on the issue as the petitioners had argued.

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Court questions ability to hear some claims in CWA 401 case

Washington state moves one step closer to fending off challenges to its decision blocking construction of a coal export terminal, a decision that GOP officials say shows why states CWA authority should be curtailed.

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Lacking Fixes, Oil & Gas Sector Unlikely To Use EPA Penalty Relief Policy

EPA did not address a series of industry concerns when it finalized its audit policy for the oil and gas sector, raising doubts that companies will take advantage of the penalty relief the policy provides for facilities that disclose and address violations, industry sources say.

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Court Eyes Groups' Standing To Target Drilling Permit Despite EPA Stance

A federal appellate court is asking parties in a case challenging an EPA water discharge permit for drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico to discuss at upcoming oral arguments industry claims that environmentalists lack standing to sue -- even though the agency has said it believes the groups challenging the permit have standing.

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Trump reissues permit for Keystone XL pipeline

The move is an apparent attempt to circumvent an adverse federal court ruling that blocked construction due to an inadequate review of the climate effects of the controversial project.

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FERC Faces Major Court Risk In Suit Over Broad GHG Reviews For Pipelines

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is considered vulnerable in litigation challenging its policy to avoid considering the upstream and downstream greenhouse gas impacts from most natural gas pipeline projects, with a significant number of groups on both sides joining the suit.

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