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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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Biofuels Sector Fights Oil Industry’s Bid For 2020 RFS Waiver Due To Virus

The biofuels sector is fighting efforts by the oil sector and its supporters to win a waiver of EPA’s 2020 renewable fuel standard (RFS) biofuel production mandates in response to the economic downturn caused by COVID-19, with the biofuels sector saying the bid mispresents the agency’s general waiver authority under the program.

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Biofuels Groups Urge EPA Not To Revise 2020 RFS Due To Refiner Waivers

A biofuels industry coalition is seeking to counter oil industry pressure on EPA to reconsider its 2020 renewable fuel standard (RFS) production targets because of an appeals court ruling that will likely prevent the agency from giving RFS compliance waivers to dozens of small refineries that might otherwise qualify for the exemptions.

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Democrats finds FERC pipeline process harms landowners

Federal regulators have issued contentious “tolling orders” to every single landowner who challenged a pipeline approval over the past 12 years -- thus delaying their ability to file suit even though project construction could proceed.

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Oil Industry Seeks To ‘Caution’ EPA, SAB On Use Of PM, COVID-19 Study

The oil and gas industry is urging EPA and its Science Advisory Board (SAB) to refrain from relying on a controversial study by Harvard University researchers concluding that exposure to particulate matter (PM) air pollution can increase the lethality of COVID-19 as the sole basis for determining research needs to address the virus.

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Judge Rejects Immediate Pause Of Ruling Blocking CWA Pipeline Permit

A federal district court judge is declining to immediately pause his order vacating an Army Corps of Engineers Clean Water Act (CWA) permit that has halted work on thousands of pipelines and other utility projects, though he will “expeditiously” consider the Justice Department’s (DOJ) request to partially stay the ruling pending an appeal.

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