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Industry Groups At Odds Over Corps’ Plan To Split ‘Utility Line’ CWA Permit

Groups representing major industries are at odds over the Army Corps of Engineer’s proposal to divide one of its Clean Water Act (CWA) general permits into three categories, with utility and other sectors that would be subject to the new permits generally backing the measure while the oil and gas industry is calling the change flawed and confusing.

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Oil & gas sector introduces voluntary program to limit flaring

The Environmental Partnership coalition of oil and gas companies is launching a bid to voluntarily reduce the amount of excess gases flared, or burned off, at their operations.

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IPI says EPA ‘vastly understates’ methane rule costs

New York University’s Institute for Policy Integrity finds that EPA’s errors in cost-benefit analysis render the oil and gas methane rule rollback unlawful.

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DOJ fights environmentalists’ push for stay of EPA oil & gas leak rule

The Department of Justice on EPA’s behalf says environmental groups have failed to justify why a federal appeals court should issue a stay halting implementation of the drilling sector air rule.

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Wheeler Touts West Virginia’s Forthcoming ACE Compliance Strategy

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is applauding West Virginia and potentially other states for beginning to submit compliance strategies for the agency’s narrow Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule, arguing the move shows concrete progress on implementing the rule.

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Waterkeeper Asks Biden To Reverse Trump CWA Policies In First 100 Days

The Waterkeeper Alliance is urging the incoming Biden administration to issue several executive orders (EOs) in its first 100 days to reverse controversial Trump administration policies on the Clean Water Act (CWA), environmental justice, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and fossil fuels.

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Court Rejects Novel NEPA Review Claiming Climate Benefits From Drilling

A federal appellate court has rejected the Trump administration’s approval of the first Arctic offshore oil drilling project for failing to adequately assess its greenhouse gas impacts, setting a precedent that could stymie other projects that also relied on a novel approach used by several agencies claiming fossil fuel extraction provides climate benefits.

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CBD Presses Biden To Go Beyond Obama’s Oil & Gas Methane Rules

The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) is urging the incoming Biden administration to go beyond Obama EPA rules limiting the potent greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas drilling, with the group pressing for a near-zero emissions standard that would “effectively” end hydraulic fracturing on private lands.

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States, Environmentalists Detail Legal Attacks On EPA Methane Rollback

Democratic-led states and environmental groups are outlining their legal claims against EPA’s rule scrapping direct methane standards for the oil and gas sector, charging the agency relies on an unprecedented narrow view of its authority while ignoring prior conclusions on the need for controls and important reliance interests.

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DOE Finalizes Controversial Rule Exempting LNG Projects From NEPA

The Department of Energy (DOE) is completing a controversial rule that will categorically exclude liquified natural gas (LNG) export approvals from National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review, a measure that might face a legal challenge depending on how the incoming Biden administration addresses the policy.

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