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Montana, Oil Industry Argue Keystone XL Ruling Erred On Merits, Remedy

Montana and the oil and gas industry are echoing the Army Corps of Engineers’ call for an appellate court to reverse a ruling that vacated the use of a Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, arguing a lower court erred on both the merits and the remedy in its decision.

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D.C. Circuit Grants ‘Administrative’ Stay Of EPA Methane Rule Rollback

A federal appeals court has granted a request by environmental groups for an “administrative” stay of EPA’s rollback of Obama-era oil and gas methane and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions limits while it weighs an “emergency” call by environmentalists to halt the rules during litigation.

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BLM to appeal methane rule vacatur to 9th Circuit

“BLM now believes . . . that the 2016 rule suffers from flaws that render the rule inconsistent” with the Administrative Procedure Act and Mineral Leasing Act,” the agency says in a new legal filing.

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States challenge EPA rollback of oil & gas methane limits

Nearly two dozen states are filing suit in appellate court to challenge EPA’s final rule that scraps direct methane limits for the oil and gas industry.

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EPA poised to formally publish oil and gas methane ‘policy’ rule

The regulation, which scraps direct methane limits for sources in the oil and gas sector, is scheduled to be published Sept. 14 in the Federal Register, marking the starting gun for lawsuits on the rule.

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Legal filings detail criticisms of Obama BLM methane rule

Four GOP-led states and industry groups are backing the Trump administration’s call for a district court to vacate the Bureau of Land Management’s 2016 rule limiting methane from oil and gas operations on federal land.

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Trump extends drilling moratorium off Florida coast

President Donald Trump is unilaterally extending an existing offshore drilling moratorium in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico until 2032, while imposing a similar pause in the South Atlantic.

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D.C. Circuit sets panel for ACE suit; parties spar on argument length

Two Obama appointees and one Trump appointee on the appeals court will hear Oct. 8 arguments in litigation challenging EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy power sector greenhouse gas rule.

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Administration Reviewing 50 Major Projects For Environmental Waivers

The Trump administration is reviewing dozens of major infrastructure projects as candidates for winning waivers from key environmental reviews, in response to a controversial executive order from President Donald Trump urging agencies to use their emergency powers to spur economic growth due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Corps Urges No Immediate Remedy During Appeal Of Dakota Pipeline Ruling

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is arguing against any immediate remedy after a federal district judge found that it violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in approving a waterway crossing for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), a decision that the agency is appealing.

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