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Exxon outlines ‘model’ rules to curb GHG methane

Oil and gas giant ExxonMobil is floating “model” standards to curb the potent greenhouse gas methane and suggesting that policymakers across the world should adopt the approach, a step that could be viewed as an implicit rebuke to Trump EPA plans to drop direct methane controls for oil and gas drilling.

The company’s March 3 “model regulatory framework” includes standards for upstream oil and gas equipment that applies to both new and existing sources and seeks “meaningful emission reduction outcomes.”

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Sweeping Federal Water Reuse Action Plan ‘Institutionalizes’ Effort At EPA

EPA and other federal agencies have unveiled a wide-ranging plan to encourage water reuse in a variety of sectors through partnerships with states, local governments and industry, marking the “beginning of institutionalizing water reuse at EPA” in the Office of Water (OW), according to agency water chief David Ross.

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California Appellate Court Finds Kern County Drilling Plan Violates CEQA

In what environmentalists are calling a “monumental” victory for the public and farmers, a California appellate court is rescinding a sweeping Kern County oil and gas drilling ordinance, finding the county’s environmental-impact review for the long-term planning document violated the state’s bedrock environmental review and mitigation law.

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House Hearing Highlights Lawmakers’ Continuing Divisions On Climate

A House committee hearing is showcasing the continued political divisions on how and whether to address climate change, with Republicans slamming a Democratic measure to slash greenhouse gas emissions on public lands while touting a plan to encourage tree planting and wood harvesting as an alternative.

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Grijalva Seeks Documents Showing ‘Excessive’ Industry Role In NEPA Plan

House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) is demanding that the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) provide documentation of communications it had with oil companies in developing its controversial proposal to scale back how agencies implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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BPC Sides With Industry On NEPA Rule To Boost Clean Energy Projects

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), a group that agrees with environmentalists on the need to address climate change, is nonetheless siding with industry in support of the Trump administration’s controversial proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), arguing reform is needed to spur clean energy projects.

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Environmentalists expand suit over oil & gas air plans

The Center for Biological Diversity is adding new claims concerning the Denver and Phoenix areas to its suit seeking EPA action on a host of state plans to curb methane and ozone-forming pollution from oil and gas drilling.

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Democrats’ Gas-Focused CES Faulted But Study Sees Air Quality Benefits

Some environmentalists are criticizing a plan floated by Democrats on the House energy panel because it includes a clean energy standard (CES) with partial credit for natural gas but a new study suggests their CES could cut more criteria pollutants than a competing plan without such credit, highlighting tradeoffs in power sector climate policy.

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Study suggests dramatic undercount in oil & gas methane

A new “top-down” scientific study suggests that natural sources of methane are much smaller than previously thought, and that emissions from man-made activity tied to fossil fuels are much larger.

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BP makes long-term GHG pledge

The British-based oil and gas major is pledging to achieve net-zero emissions from its “entire operations” and upstream production by mid-century, and halve the emissions intensity of its products by that timeframe.

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