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EPA weighs allowing Texas to issue oil, gas CWA permits

Region 6 is reviewing a request from Texas to allow the state to issue Clean Water Act discharge permits for certain oil and gas activities, increasing state control over drilling activities in the energy-rich region.

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In NEPA suit, Dakota pipeline opponents ask court to suspend project

A district court is grappling with the remedy for its earlier finding that the Army Corps of Engineers violated the National Environmental Policy Act when approving a key permit for the Dakota Access pipeline.

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States, Environmentalists Preview Claims Against EPA Oil & Gas Air Rule

States and environmental groups are outlining arguments they plan to make in litigation against EPA’s rollback of leak detection and other emissions requirements for oil and gas facilities, as the court fight takes shape over the agency’s rulemaking “technical” changes to Obama-era new source performance standards (NSPS).

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EPA methane rule rollback critics details early legal claims

States and environmentalists opposed to the Trump administration’s rollback of Obama-era oil and gas methane emissions limits say in new legal filings that the action violates the Clean Air Act.

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EPA Seeks Dismissal Of Environmentalists’ CWA Section 401 Rule Lawsuit

EPA is urging a federal district court in Pennsylvania to dismiss environmentalists’ lawsuit over the agency’s new Clean Water Act (CWA) rule that narrowed the scope of states’ review of water quality impacts from federally permitted projects, arguing the rule can only be challenged when it is applied and that the plaintiffs lack standing.

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District Court Vacates BLM Rule For Intruding On EPA, State Air Powers

A federal district court has vacated the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Obama-era “waste prevention” rule targeting emissions of the greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas facilities on public lands, finding the policy intrudes on EPA’s and states’ Clean Air Act authority and that the development of the rule was arbitrary.

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D.C. Circuit rejects request to vacate Jordan Cove LNG approval

“The merits of the parties’ positions are not so clear as to warrant summary action,” says the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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D.C. Circuit Poised To Hear Arguments In Suit Over EPA ACE Climate Rule

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear oral arguments Oct. 8 in litigation over EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule to reduce greenhouse gases from coal-fired power plants, with critics claiming ACE is unlawful because it does not significantly cut GHGs and could boost other pollutants.

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States Fault EPA’s Legal Push For Deference Over Methane Rollback

California and 19 other mostly Democratic-led states are urging a federal appeals court to ignore EPA’s call to grant the agency deference and uphold its policy easing methane air rules for oil and gas drilling, countering that the action is unlawful and reiterating calls for judges to grant an emergency stay of the regulatory decision.

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FERC opts against high court appeal of adverse ‘tolling order’ ruling

The decision leaves in place a ruling prohibiting the commission’s use of “tolling orders” to routinely delay answering administrative petitions for reconsiderations of natural gas infrastructure approvals.

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