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DOE Proposes To Exempt LNG Export Approvals From NEPA Review

The Energy Department (DOE) is proposing to exempt its process for approving liquified natural gas (LNG) exports from National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews, a plan that is already raising eyebrows from both environmentalists and industry sources.

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D.C. Circuit Poised To Hear Suit Over EPA Cellulosic Ethanol Credit Policy

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear May 11 oral argument in a suit filed by one of the nation’s largest ethanol producers attempting to scrap an EPA policy blocking credit for its cellulosic fuel under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), but the agency says the policy is not a final action subject to judicial review.

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Bipartisan group of senators urges Trump to deny 2020 RFS waiver

Pro-biofuels senators are fighting oil-state governors’ request for EPA to grant a waiver from refiners having to meet 2020 renewable fuel standard production mandates due to economic harm.

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EPA Poised To Narrow States’ CWA Roles But ‘Lots Of Litigation’ Looms

As soon as this week, EPA could issue a final rule that is expected to significantly narrow the actions states can consider when determining whether a federally permitted project will violate water quality standards and limit states’ ability to mitigate such projects’ adverse impacts, although the rule is likely to spur a lengthy litigation battle.

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Democrats Eye CRA To Rescind Trump Rollbacks, Despite Uncertainties

Democrats are widely expected to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to target at least some Trump administration environmental rollbacks next year if they sweep the November elections, with sources suggesting the law’s bar on issuing “substantially” similar measures to repealed rules will not preclude the effort.

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Rep. Johnson demands EPA brief House science panel on ash rules

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), chairwoman of the House science committee, says EPA’s pending coal ash rules rest on “inadequate” environmental-justice analysis.

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Sierra Club seeks to extend NWP ruling to Texas pipeline

In new litigation, Sierra Club is arguing the Army Corps of Engineers is illegally allowing construction of a Texas pipeline to continue after a federal judge in Montana vacated a key Clean Water Act permit.

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Environmentalists Expand NEPA Litigation Against Gas Infrastructure

Environmental groups are pursuing two new types of lawsuits challenging environmental reviews of natural gas infrastructure, including one case seeking to underscore a precedent forcing federal regulators to consider downstream carbon emissions from pipelines and a second seeking to block a liquified natural gas (LNG) export terminal that would receive the fuel from rail and trucks, not pipelines.

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Judge Cites Lack Of Cumulative Climate Analysis In Oil & Gas Lease Vacatur

A federal district judge is citing the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) failure to consider cumulative climate change impacts when approving hundreds of oil and gas leases as one of several reasons to vacate the leases on nearly 150,000 acres of public land in Montana.

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Boulder Says Oil Industry Climate Nuisance Defense No Longer Viable

Attorneys for Colorado municipal governments are arguing that the oil industry’s legal defense against their push to advance a climate change nuisance case in state court are no longer viable, and they are urging a federal appellate court to dismiss the industry’s appeal over the key venue dispute.

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