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House GOP taps Rodgers to be Energy & Commerce leader

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), who has served as a member of House Republican leadership, will be the first woman of either party to serve in the top leadership role on the committee.

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Panel Vote On Nuclear Bill Previews Challenges For Biden Climate Strategy

The Senate environment committee has cleared a bill to promote carbon-free nuclear energy with bipartisan support, but Democratic climate stalwarts opposed the measure, arguing it undercuts expanded use of renewable energy such as wind and solar, likely previewing challenges facing the Biden administration’s climate strategy which embraces nuclear.

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EPA Region 6 seeks public input on Texas oil & gas NPDES permitting

The agency’s Region 6 is taking public comment until Jan. 11 on Texas’ request to receive delegated Clean Water Act permitting authority for discharges from oil and gas activities.

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Utah gas services firm sues EPA in novel air permit dispute

The gas services company argues that an earlier consent decree with EPA excluding some of its equipment from regulation should also extend the exclusion to its Clean Air Act operating permit.

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4th Circuit Stays Pipeline CWA Permit Due To Error With Corps’ Approval

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit stayed the use of a Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline last month because the Army Corps of Engineers likely erred in approving the use of the permit for the pipeline, although environmentalists’ broader challenges to the permit are unlikely to succeed.

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Industry Expects Lame-Duck Senate Vote On Clean Energy Bill With CCS

Energy industry lobbyists say they continue to expect a Senate vote this year on clean-energy legislation including provisions for carbon capture and storage (CCS), efficiency standards, energy storage and hydrogen production research, with senators potentially approving narrower measures than bills that have stalled in the current Congress.

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DOJ seeks to dismiss suit over existing source oil & gas rules

The department relies on EPA’s September oil and gas “policy” rule that eliminated methane controls for new and modified sources in the sector.

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Corps urges district court not to enjoin Dakota Access Pipeline

The Army Corps of Engineers argues that a district court cannot order the pipeline to shut down while the agency considers the environmental effects of a key easement for the project.

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Biden Faces FERC With GOP Majority, Limiting Climate Policy Options

President-elect Joe Biden will take office likely facing a Republican majority on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as the Senate is poised to approve two Trump nominees to the panel, a move that would likely limit the incoming administration’s near-term options to impose carbon-reduction requirements for the energy sector.

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Court Again Blocks BLM Oil & Gas Leases Over Insufficient Climate Review

A federal district court for the second time is rejecting the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) climate change analysis for hundreds of oil and gas leases in Wyoming, blocking the leases and ordering BLM to redo its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review, possibly allowing a Biden administration to entirely cancel the leases.

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