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EIP Sees Steep State Environment Cuts, Undermining ‘Cooperative’ Effort

Environmentalists have unveiled new findings showing steep staff and funding cuts to environmental agencies in most states over the past decade, arguing this undermines Trump EPA claims that the agency’s own resource limits are not degrading environmental protection but rather shifting responsibility to the states.

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Full D.C. Circuit Agrees To Rehear FERC Pipeline ‘Tolling Order’ Decision

In an unusual move, the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has agreed to rehear a three-judge panel’s decision upholding federal energy regulators’ use of controversial “tolling orders” that delay the ability of critics to sue over pipelines’ environmental impacts and other issues even as the projects move forward.

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Southern, AEP drop coal lobby membership

The utilities’ decision to leave the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity means the pro-coal lobbying group no longer has any investor-owned utility members.

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House Democrats Reflect States’ GHG Target Strategy In Bill Rollout

House Democrats’ broader climate change legislative program appears to reflect an approach by California and several other states that have adopted long-term zero-carbon goals for the power sector or broader economy after which officials developed myriad mitigation and other policies to achieve such targets.

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Groups Say EPA Did Not Study Full Effect Of Nixing Oil & Gas Methane Rules

Environmental groups are alleging that EPA’s proposal to scuttle direct methane limits on new oil and gas sector is unlawful for a barrage of reasons, including the agency’s failure to quantify in detail the increased emissions that would be caused by the plan’s bar on regulation of existing facilities.

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Despite Tallying GHGs, Report Finds Agencies Don’t Find ‘Significant’ Levels

A new survey of how federal agencies address greenhouse gases in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews finds that they typically quantify direct and indirect emissions when considering fossil fuel projects, but that even if potential emissions are quite large the agencies dismiss the findings as not “significant.”

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SoCalGas Claims Energy Agency Flouts Law To Bolster Gas, Biomethane

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) is charging that the California Energy Commission (CEC) is flouting a 2013 state law requiring the agency to adopt measures to bolster the use of natural gas and biomethane -- continuing battles over the state’s move to electrify homes, buildings and vehicles to combat climate change.

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CBD Sues EPA For Allowing Oil Waste Disposal Into California Aquifer

The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) is suing EPA over its approval of an exemption to Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requirements allowing for expanded injection of oil wastewater into a California aquifer, charging the move violates several federal environmental and endangered species statutes.

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State AG coalition slams EPA plan to scuttle oil & gas methane limits

A group of 20 Democratic-led states and several large cities are floating four legal arguments against EPA’s proposal to drop direct methane standards for new oil and gas facilities.

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California Restaurants’ Suit Over Berkeley Gas Ban Sparks Broader Debate

The California Restaurant Association (CRA) is suing the city of Berkeley over its ban on natural gas hookups at new residential and commercial buildings, elevating debate over a suite of state and local measures to phase out use of the fossil fuel and increase use of electrification as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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