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Environmentalists seek stay of revised EPA oil and gas NSPS

Almost a dozen environmental groups are urging an appellate court to stay part of EPA’s “reconsideration rule” that weakened or eliminated several air mandates for new oil and gas facilities.

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EPA to formally find states’ delay over oil & gas air plans

The agency is determining that five states failed to submit plans for implementing Obama-era control techniques guidelines for curbing emissions of ozone precursors from oil and gas facilities.

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4th Circuit’s CWA Permit Stay Raises Questions About Pipeline’s Future

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit has halted the use of a Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) in West Virginia and Virginia pending a challenge to permit, raising questions about whether the pipeline can meet its goal of going into service in 2021.

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Biden Expected To Quickly Pivot To Sweeping Climate Regulatory Agenda

President-elect Joe Biden’s administration is widely expected to quickly pursue a sweeping climate-focused agenda, according to multiple experts, including new regulations that may be more durable than Obama-era measures, while also taking major “Day One” steps on climate via executive actions.

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Latta Touts Record In Bid For GOP Leadership Of Energy & Commerce Panel

As he runs to lead Republicans on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee in the next Congress, Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) is touting his accomplishments as a legislator, including working across the aisle to pass bills and address complex problems like climate change and exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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D.C. Circuit Appears Likely To Reject DAPL Appeal But Remedy Unclear

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit appears likely to uphold a lower court decision finding that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to conduct a required rigorous environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) but the judges did not seem to reach consensus on the proper legal remedy for the violation.

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Narrow Biden Victory Would Set Stage For Regulatory Climate Focus

Capitol Hill Democrats’ weak showing in the 2020 elections could set the stage for a heavy emphasis on regulatory policies rather than sweeping legislation to advance climate policy, should Democratic nominee Joe Biden be declared the winner in the presidential contest.

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2nd Circuit Judges Create Possibility Of Court Split On CWA 401 Reviews

Appellate judges’ tough questioning of a federal government attorney in a pending Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401 case raises the possibility of a ruling that creates a split among federal appeals courts on whether the CWA contains a bright-line limit on how long states can review applications for water quality certifications.

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Critics Declare Victory As Court Remands BLM Oil Leases For Climate Study

Environmental groups challenging the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) environmental reviews for thousands of oil and gas leases on 1.9 million acres of public lands across the West are declaring at least a partial victory after a federal district court granted the bureau’s request to remand the reviews for further climate change analysis.

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Lawmakers Attack Utility’s Efforts To Curb California’s Natural Gas Phaseout

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Rep. Nanette Barragán (D-CA) are attacking and questioning efforts by Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) to impede the Golden State’s plan to phase out most uses of natural gas, including in homes and commercial buildings, charging the company’s tactics are unethical and possibly illegal.

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