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EPA Region 6 seeks public input on Texas oil & gas NPDES permitting

The agency’s Region 6 is taking public comment until Jan. 11 on Texas’ request to receive delegated Clean Water Act permitting authority for discharges from oil and gas activities.

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Utah gas services firm sues EPA in novel air permit dispute

The gas services company argues that an earlier consent decree with EPA excluding some of its equipment from regulation should also extend the exclusion to its Clean Air Act operating permit.

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4th Circuit Stays Pipeline CWA Permit Due To Error With Corps’ Approval

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit stayed the use of a Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline last month because the Army Corps of Engineers likely erred in approving the use of the permit for the pipeline, although environmentalists’ broader challenges to the permit are unlikely to succeed.

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Industry Expects Lame-Duck Senate Vote On Clean Energy Bill With CCS

Energy industry lobbyists say they continue to expect a Senate vote this year on clean-energy legislation including provisions for carbon capture and storage (CCS), efficiency standards, energy storage and hydrogen production research, with senators potentially approving narrower measures than bills that have stalled in the current Congress.

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DOJ seeks to dismiss suit over existing source oil & gas rules

The department relies on EPA’s September oil and gas “policy” rule that eliminated methane controls for new and modified sources in the sector.

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Corps urges district court not to enjoin Dakota Access Pipeline

The Army Corps of Engineers argues that a district court cannot order the pipeline to shut down while the agency considers the environmental effects of a key easement for the project.

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Biden Faces FERC With GOP Majority, Limiting Climate Policy Options

President-elect Joe Biden will take office likely facing a Republican majority on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as the Senate is poised to approve two Trump nominees to the panel, a move that would likely limit the incoming administration’s near-term options to impose carbon-reduction requirements for the energy sector.

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Court Again Blocks BLM Oil & Gas Leases Over Insufficient Climate Review

A federal district court for the second time is rejecting the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) climate change analysis for hundreds of oil and gas leases in Wyoming, blocking the leases and ordering BLM to redo its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review, possibly allowing a Biden administration to entirely cancel the leases.

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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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