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BLM Admits ‘Error,’ Will Not Defend Obama-Era Oil & Gas Methane Rule

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will not defend its rule aimed at limiting venting and flaring of the potent greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas operations on federal lands, with litigation over the Obama-era measure revived after the Trump administration’s recission of the standards was vacated last month.

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Environmentalists cite climate to target Colorado fossil extraction plan

Critics of the fossil fuel plan are pressing the Bureau of Land Management to consider climate change issues early in the extraction process when it can analyze the widest swath of land as possible.

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EPA poised to open public comment on boiler air proposal

The agency will open its industrial boilers air toxics proposal to public comment for 60 days, in response to two federal appeals court remands of an Obama-era boiler emissions rule.

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Biofuels backers welcome ruling limiting RFS waiver ‘secrecy’

Supporters of biofuels say a recent appellate ruling should shed more light on requests for renewable fuel standard compliance waivers, including 98 exemption requests EPA is currently reviewing.

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EPA, environmentalists reach draft deal on oil & gas air plans

A draft consent decree includes a series of deadlines for EPA to take action on states’ plans to curb smog-forming pollution from oil and gas facilities -- or formally find that states have failed to submit such plans.

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D.C. Circuit Rejects Anonymous Status For Refiner In RFS Waiver Dispute

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in a sealed case has rejected a small refiner’s bid for anonymity in an apparent legal fight over EPA’s denial of a renewable fuel standard (RFS) economic hardship compliance waiver, forcing the unnamed refiner to either refile its litigation under its own name or drop its suit.

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House Democrats fault Wheeler’s ‘giveaway’ on EPA coal ash rule

Top Democrats on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee called EPA’s revisions to its coal ash standards a “giveaway to industry” and are seeking details on the rulemaking process.

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FERC, Jordan Cove Assert Domestic Benefits From LNG Export Project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the developer of a proposed liquified natural gas (LNG) export terminal are urging a federal appeals court to reject opponents’ claims that FERC’s approval of the project should be vacated over a failure to show a domestic benefit from exported gas.

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Democratic-led states, environmentalists challenge LNG rail rule

Democratic states and environmentalists that typically oppose steps to allow the use of natural gas out of climate change concerns are suing over a federal safety rule allowing what they call “bomb trains.”

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Biofuels Groups Say EPA Lacks Authority For RFS Small Refiner Waivers

Biofuels groups are outlining their legal attacks on EPA’s decision to grant dozens of renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waivers to small refiners in 2019, claiming the agency’s approach exceeded its authority under the Clean Air Act and also violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) for granting the waivers without a “rational basis.”

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