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As Suit Resumes, Environmentalists Defend Obama BLM Methane Rules

A coalition of 16 environmental groups and two Democratic-led states are defending the Obama Interior Department’s (DOI) methane “waste” rule for oil and gas facilities on public land, while also criticizing the Trump administration’s “post hoc” legal arguments it floated when formally dropping its defense of the policy.

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EPA Shields ACE From GHG ‘Endangerment’ Attack Due To Methane Rule

EPA is aiming to shield its utility climate rules from coal companies’ claim that courts must scrap the policies because of the agency’s legal determination in its just-finalized rollback of Obama-era oil and gas greenhouse gas standards that the drilling sector’s GHGs have not been shown to “significantly” endanger public welfare.

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EPA faces bipartisan House call to drop methane air rule

A total of 85 House Democrats, joined by a pair of Republicans, are urging EPA to withdraw its just-finalized rollback of methane standards for oil and gas equipment.

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BLM Admits ‘Error,’ Will Not Defend Obama-Era Oil & Gas Methane Rule

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will not defend its rule aimed at limiting venting and flaring of the potent greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas operations on federal lands, with litigation over the Obama-era measure revived after the Trump administration’s recission of the standards was vacated last month.

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Environmentalists cite climate to target Colorado fossil extraction plan

Critics of the fossil fuel plan are pressing the Bureau of Land Management to consider climate change issues early in the extraction process when it can analyze the widest swath of land as possible.

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EPA, environmentalists reach draft deal on oil & gas air plans

A draft consent decree includes a series of deadlines for EPA to take action on states’ plans to curb smog-forming pollution from oil and gas facilities -- or formally find that states have failed to submit such plans.

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FERC, Jordan Cove Assert Domestic Benefits From LNG Export Project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the developer of a proposed liquified natural gas (LNG) export terminal are urging a federal appeals court to reject opponents’ claims that FERC’s approval of the project should be vacated over a failure to show a domestic benefit from exported gas.

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Democratic-led states, environmentalists challenge LNG rail rule

Democratic states and environmentalists that typically oppose steps to allow the use of natural gas out of climate change concerns are suing over a federal safety rule allowing what they call “bomb trains.”

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EPA Cites Methane NSPS Rollback In Bid To Moot Existing Source Case

Trump officials are urging a federal court to spurn states’ and environmentalists’ legal bid for methane controls on existing oil and gas facilities, arguing EPA’s newly final rule rescinding direct methane controls for new sources removes the legal basis for existing source standards under the Clean Air Act.

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Election, Litigation Create Uncertainty For Fate Of EPA Methane Rollbacks

EPA’s final rollbacks of Obama-era oil and gas methane rules face numerous political and legal threats that create uncertainty over the fate of the deregulatory efforts, including vows of lawsuits and threats from lawmakers or a potential future Biden administration to reverse the rollbacks, according to legal experts and other observers.

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