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Groups Seek To Force BLM To Broadly Assess GHGs in Oil & Gas Leasing

Environmental groups are broadening a legal strategy aimed at forcing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to consider the cumulative greenhouse gas impacts when conducting National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews for individual oil and gas lease sales, charging that BLM is intentionally segmenting leases to downplay their climate effects.

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Reprising Past Opposition, Trump Allies Slam Draft Coal, Nuclear Strategy

Many of the Trump administration's traditional allies on energy issues are sharply criticizing its latest draft plan to save uneconomic coal and nuclear plants, reprising the dynamic surrounding an earlier Energy Department (DOE) plan that federal energy regulators rejected as unlawful.

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Environmentalists Plan NEPA Suit Over FERC's Narrow GHG Review Policy

Environmentalists are urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to rescind an order rejecting consideration of upstream and downstream greenhouse gas impacts when conducting National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews of many natural gas infrastructure projects -- teeing up potential litigation on the issue.

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Trump orders DOE to subsidize at-risk coal, nuclear plants

The draft plan drew swift condemnation from many sectors, who say the administration lacks authority to subsidize the plants.

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EAB Case Aims To Force Use Of Battery Power Storage As Air Permit BACT

Environmentalists are pursuing an EPA Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) case that aims to force use of battery power storage as a best available control technology (BACT) for Clean Air Act permits, appealing the agency's decision to reject batteries in lieu of natural gas burners for power production as BACT for a utility's air permit.

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Sierra Club's Suit Over Gas Pipeline Tests Corps' CWA Permitting Power

Sierra Club and other environmental groups are urging a federal appeals court to vacate the use of a Clean Water Act (CWA) dredge-and-fill general permit for the construction of a natural gas pipeline in West Virginia, creating a fresh legal test of the Army Corps of Engineers' power to approve the use of CWA general permits.

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Industry, DOJ Plan High Court Appeal Of Landmark GHG NEPA Ruling

Energy industry firms and the Trump administration are signaling that they plan to seek Supreme Court review of a landmark ruling that required the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to assess the downstream greenhouse gas effects of a major natural gas pipeline -- even as the commission is moving to limit the scope of the ruling.

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Corps suspends CWA permit approval for West Virginia pipeline

The petitioners say that data in the record shows that the developer cannot comply with a Clean Water Act (CWA) permit condition requiring some construction be completed within 72 hours.

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Inhofe Floats 'Legislative Fix' To Codify Limits On States' CWA 401 Decisions

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) is suggesting Congress create “a good legislative fix” to prevent states from using their authority under Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401 to stall federal projects such as construction of natural gas pipelines, drawing support from Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James at a May 17 hearing.

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States, environmentalists object to continued CPP suit abeyance

The acting New York attorney general is signaling that the Empire State will continue to oppose the agency's climate rollbacks even after former AG Eric Schneiderman abruptly resigned following abuse allegations.

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