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D.C. Circuit Appears Likely To Reject DAPL Appeal But Remedy Unclear

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit appears likely to uphold a lower court decision finding that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to conduct a required rigorous environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) but the judges did not seem to reach consensus on the proper legal remedy for the violation.

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Narrow Biden Victory Would Set Stage For Regulatory Climate Focus

Capitol Hill Democrats’ weak showing in the 2020 elections could set the stage for a heavy emphasis on regulatory policies rather than sweeping legislation to advance climate policy, should Democratic nominee Joe Biden be declared the winner in the presidential contest.

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2nd Circuit Judges Create Possibility Of Court Split On CWA 401 Reviews

Appellate judges’ tough questioning of a federal government attorney in a pending Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401 case raises the possibility of a ruling that creates a split among federal appeals courts on whether the CWA contains a bright-line limit on how long states can review applications for water quality certifications.

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Critics Declare Victory As Court Remands BLM Oil Leases For Climate Study

Environmental groups challenging the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) environmental reviews for thousands of oil and gas leases on 1.9 million acres of public lands across the West are declaring at least a partial victory after a federal district court granted the bureau’s request to remand the reviews for further climate change analysis.

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Lawmakers Attack Utility’s Efforts To Curb California’s Natural Gas Phaseout

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Rep. Nanette Barragán (D-CA) are attacking and questioning efforts by Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) to impede the Golden State’s plan to phase out most uses of natural gas, including in homes and commercial buildings, charging the company’s tactics are unethical and possibly illegal.

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BLM To Use New NEPA Rules For ANWR Review Despite Prior DOJ Claims

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning to use the White House’s streamlined National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rules for its analysis of a controversial oil exploration project in the Arctic, despite a top Justice Department (DOJ) official earlier telling a court that agencies would not immediately use the new rules.

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EPA, free-market groups spar over standing in ACE suit

One appellate judge had questioned whether free-market groups have standing to challenge EPA’s rule, though the group’s say a recent court ruling in a separate case bolsters their position.

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D.C. Circuit Rejects Stay Bid For EPA’s Oil & Gas Methane Rollback Rule

An appellate court is rejecting a request by Democratic-led states and environmentalists to stay EPA’s rule scrapping methane controls for new oil and gas facilities, though the court is also setting a quick pace for the litigation as petitioners had requested.

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BLM’s ANWR oil plan among first projects moved under NEPA overhaul

The Bureau of Land Management is advancing a seismic oil exploration plan in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, one of the first projects that is moving under streamlined National Environmental Policy Act rules.

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Oil Sector, GOP Allies Seek To Capitalize On Biden’s ‘Transition’ Remark

The oil sector and Trump campaign are seizing on comments by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden urging a “transition” from the industry, in an effort to make Biden’s climate change stance a liability for Democrats up and down the ballot with less than two weeks before voting ends in the Nov. 3 election.

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