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Pipeline company emphasizes security concerns in high court bid

A natural gas pipeline company is emphasizing national security concerns in its push for Supreme Court review of a Clean Water Act decision that blocked pipeline construction.

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States' Suit Aims To Force EPA Methane Rule For Existing Oil & Gas Sites

More than a dozen Democratic states and cities are suing EPA to force issuance of first-time standards to limit methane emissions from existing oil and gas operations, claiming the agency has a Clean Air Act mandate to issue such rules after finalizing methane standards for new oil and gas sites but is “unreasonably” delaying such a policy.

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New York, Environmentalists Urge High Court To Reject CWA Pipeline Suit

New York and environmentalists are urging the Supreme Court to reject calls from a natural gas pipeline company to review an appellate ruling that upheld the state's denial of a Clean Water Act (CWA) certification for a proposed pipeline, arguing the company has misread the ruling and does not present compelling reasons for review.

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Court Faults BLM NEPA Review For Failing To Assess Downstream GHGs

A federal district court has found the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) resource management plan (RMP) for the fossil fuel-rich Powder River Basin to be in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for failing to consider the downstream greenhouse gas impacts of the vast oil, gas and coal resources that could eventually be extracted under the plan.

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EPA Planning Streamlined Audit Policy For New Oil & Gas Facilities

ST. PAUL, MN -- Seeking to increase compliance with environmental rules, EPA is crafting a new audit policy for streamlining disclosure of non-compliance by new oil and natural gas facilities and is seeking states' input on the issue, though environmentalists and others are cautioning that strong enforcement will still be needed to deter non-compliance.

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States urged to adopt EPA's groundwater protection standard

A study by a clean energy group finds states' criteria for protecting groundwater from fracking fails to meet EPA standards.

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States Ramp Up Review Of Legal Barriers To Innovative Methane Controls

State environment officials are planning to take fresh look at ways to minimize legal or regulatory barriers to approval of innovative technologies for curbing the potent greenhouse gas methane and other pollutants from oil and gas operations, but which may not be recognized as compliance options in existing rules, according to state sources.

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Critics Warn 'Limited' EPA Role In Possible CPP Replacement Is Unlawful

States and environmental groups are warning that the “very limited role” the Trump EPA is envisioning for itself in overseeing state programs under a possible replacement for the Clean Power Plan (CPP) would be unlawful if finalized because it would give states enormous leeway to impose weak greenhouse gas limits or impose no restrictions at all.

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EPA Eyes Oil & Gas Sector Relief With CTGs Withdrawal, NSPS Revisions

EPA is proposing several steps to grant regulatory relief to the oil and gas sector, withdrawing Obama-era control techniques guidelines (CTGs) for how existing drilling operations can reduce ozone-forming emissions and methane as a co-benefit, and finalizing a rule making “narrow” revisions to a methane rule for new drilling operations.

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After Years Of Work, Pruitt Plan To Replace CPP Sparks Major New Fissures

Comments on the Trump EPA's plan to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) utility greenhouse gas rule reveal fissures -- including among like-minded groups -- on nearly every issue, underscoring that Administrator Scott Pruitt's decision to reconsider the rule puts the agency back at square one despite years of work by the Obama EPA.

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