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Oil & gas group adopts strict new methane target

Environmentalists welcomed the new target but said the companies “will need to adopt more robust measurement protocols than the estimates widely used today.”

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CPP Backers Aggressively Push For D.C. Circuit To Issue Merits Decision

States and environmental groups that support the Obama EPA's Clean Power Plan (CPP) are aggressively urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to rule on the merits of the power plant greenhouse gas rule in the long-pending lawsuit, strongly pushing back against EPA and other opponents' arguments that the case is moot.

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Climate Summit Sparks Hope For Political Shift Amid Federal Inaction

California Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) last week spurred a variety of pledges by countries, states and local governments to reduce greenhouse gases, though a report released at the summit shows the pledges are not likely to counter the impact of the Trump administration's inaction on climate issues.

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States Renew Fight Over Social Costs Of GHGs In BLM Methane Rollback Suit

California and New Mexico are renewing their efforts to challenge the Trump administration's use of drastically lower climate damage estimates to justify climate rule rollbacks, citing the issue as one of numerous flaws in litigation over the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) rule largely rescinding Obama-era methane controls on federal lands.

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EAB Rejects Bid For Stricter Seismic Controls On Oil & Gas Fracking Well

EPA's Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) has rejected a Pennsylvania borough's petition aimed at imposing more stringent conditions on underground injections of hydraulic fracturing wastewater in order to prevent earthquakes and other seismic activity, holding that the agency adequately addressed those concerns in its permitting process.

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BLM Methane Rule Faces New Legal Fight In Wake Of Similar EPA Measure

The Trump administration has finalized its plan to largely scrap several Obama-era provisions limiting releases of methane, the potent greenhouse gas, from oil and gas development on public lands, setting up a new round of litigation with environmentalists who are already threatening to sue over similar EPA rollbacks.

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EPA urges D.C. Circuit to keep CPP suit on hold

The agency says the appellate court should not issue a merits ruling in the long-pending case because it plans to soon issue a replacement for the Obama-era rule.

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EPA Draws Fire For Downplaying Health, GHG Risks From Methane Rule

Environmentalists are criticizing EPA analysis downplaying the health and climate harms from its newly unveiled proposal to ease methane limits for new oil and gas facilities, citing a prior analysis by agency staff that they argue points to officials' ability to quantify specific health harms.

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ACE Power Plant GHG Rule Spurs Debate Over Potential Ozone Increases

Environmentalists and power plant industry sources are debating over the potential for EPA's proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule to cause increases in conventional ozone pollution, with states fearing it could hike ozone levels while utilities counter that the rule's impact on ozone might be “nothing.”

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Reopening Debate, EPA To Seek Input On Power Sector GHG Risk Finding

EPA is signaling that it will seek input on whether to reconsider its threshold finding that power sector greenhouse gases pose enough of an endangerment to warrant regulation, and is expected to raise the issue in its forthcoming proposal to replace the Obama administration's GHG rules for new plants in a new source performance standard (NSPS).

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