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BLM To Use New NEPA Rules For ANWR Review Despite Prior DOJ Claims

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning to use the White House’s streamlined National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rules for its analysis of a controversial oil exploration project in the Arctic, despite a top Justice Department (DOJ) official earlier telling a court that agencies would not immediately use the new rules.

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EPA, free-market groups spar over standing in ACE suit

One appellate judge had questioned whether free-market groups have standing to challenge EPA’s rule, though the group’s say a recent court ruling in a separate case bolsters their position.

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D.C. Circuit Rejects Stay Bid For EPA’s Oil & Gas Methane Rollback Rule

An appellate court is rejecting a request by Democratic-led states and environmentalists to stay EPA’s rule scrapping methane controls for new oil and gas facilities, though the court is also setting a quick pace for the litigation as petitioners had requested.

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BLM’s ANWR oil plan among first projects moved under NEPA overhaul

The Bureau of Land Management is advancing a seismic oil exploration plan in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, one of the first projects that is moving under streamlined National Environmental Policy Act rules.

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Oil Sector, GOP Allies Seek To Capitalize On Biden’s ‘Transition’ Remark

The oil sector and Trump campaign are seizing on comments by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden urging a “transition” from the industry, in an effort to make Biden’s climate change stance a liability for Democrats up and down the ballot with less than two weeks before voting ends in the Nov. 3 election.

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EPA weighs allowing Texas to issue oil, gas CWA permits

Region 6 is reviewing a request from Texas to allow the state to issue Clean Water Act discharge permits for certain oil and gas activities, increasing state control over drilling activities in the energy-rich region.

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In NEPA suit, Dakota pipeline opponents ask court to suspend project

A district court is grappling with the remedy for its earlier finding that the Army Corps of Engineers violated the National Environmental Policy Act when approving a key permit for the Dakota Access pipeline.

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States, Environmentalists Preview Claims Against EPA Oil & Gas Air Rule

States and environmental groups are outlining arguments they plan to make in litigation against EPA’s rollback of leak detection and other emissions requirements for oil and gas facilities, as the court fight takes shape over the agency’s rulemaking “technical” changes to Obama-era new source performance standards (NSPS).

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EPA methane rule rollback critics details early legal claims

States and environmentalists opposed to the Trump administration’s rollback of Obama-era oil and gas methane emissions limits say in new legal filings that the action violates the Clean Air Act.

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EPA Seeks Dismissal Of Environmentalists’ CWA Section 401 Rule Lawsuit

EPA is urging a federal district court in Pennsylvania to dismiss environmentalists’ lawsuit over the agency’s new Clean Water Act (CWA) rule that narrowed the scope of states’ review of water quality impacts from federally permitted projects, arguing the rule can only be challenged when it is applied and that the plaintiffs lack standing.

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