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EPA Faulted For Relying On State Methane Rules But Not Tallying Emissions

EPA's claims that it can rely on state programs to limit methane leaks at oil and gas operations in lieu of federal rules are drawing fire from environmentalists who say that EPA's analysis for its methane rule rollback proposal fails to quantify the pollution cuts -- or lack thereof -- from the state programs.

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Senate Democrats ask EPA for more public engagement on ACE

The lawmakers urge EPA to extend the comment period on the rule until Dec. 31 and to hold three additional public hearings, though it is doubtful that the agency will grant the request.

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EPA Faces Call To Include OLEM In 2019 Oil & Gas Wastewater Rule Decision

EPA's Office of Water (OW) plans to make a decision by the middle of next year on whether to amend its effluent rules for onshore oil and gas extraction to allow for increased discharge options, but environmentalists fear OW's decision may fail to coordinate with an upcoming waste office decision about the sector.

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EPA Rejects Call To End Oil & Gas MOU Ahead Of Wastewater Public Meeting

EPA is rejecting environmentalists' calls to end an agreement with New Mexico to explore possibilities for reuse of wastewater from oil and gas extraction, ahead of an Oct. 9 meeting where the agency will offer an update on its national study of ways to manage wastewater from conventional and unconventional oil and gas extraction at onshore facilities.

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GOP Senators Urge EPA CWA Section 401 Policy Revisions, Tout Pending Bill

Republican senators who are seeking legislative changes to the Clean Water Act section 401 water quality certification process are urging EPA to revise its policy on the issue and saying current agency guidance incorrectly characterizes some aspects of the law, while still touting their bill to implement some of the revisions.

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House Democrats urge Trump to 'cancel' methane rule rollbacks

More than 70 House Democrats charge that EPA and BLM's methane rollbacks ignore public health threats, abuse taxpayer resources and undermine efforts to combat climate change.

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4th Circuit blocks construction of Mountain Valley Pipeline

The per curiam decision from the appellate court agrees with environmentalists that the Army Corps of Engineers lacked the authority to change a construction requirement in a streamlined Clean Water Act permit.

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Backers, Critics Of EPA's ACE Plan Spar Over Role Of Low-GHG Market Shift

Supporters and opponents of EPA's newly proposed power sector greenhouse gas rule are sparring over how any new measure should interact with market trends toward lower-carbon generation, with environmentalists arguing EPA should strengthen its rule to bolster such trends while industry is praising the plan for largely relying on such shifts.

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Judges' Questions Suggest Mixed Prospects For Mid-Atlantic Pipelines

RICHMOND -- Companies seeking to complete construction of key natural gas pipelines in the Mid-Atlantic region are facing mixed prospects after oral arguments where appellate judges suggested they are likely to back state approval for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) but raised doubts about federal permitting for both the ACP and the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP).

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Arguments Highlight Crucial Tests For Environmentalists, Pipeline Industry

A federal appellate court is poised to hear oral arguments Sept. 28 in a series of pending environmental law cases seeking to halt construction of two natural gas pipelines in Virginia and West Virginia, cases that could highlight crucial tests for environmentalists bringing the suits as well as the pipeline developers defending against them.

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