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District Court Vacates BLM Rule For Intruding On EPA, State Air Powers

A federal district court has vacated the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Obama-era “waste prevention” rule targeting emissions of the greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas facilities on public lands, finding the policy intrudes on EPA’s and states’ Clean Air Act authority and that the development of the rule was arbitrary.

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D.C. Circuit rejects request to vacate Jordan Cove LNG approval

“The merits of the parties’ positions are not so clear as to warrant summary action,” says the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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D.C. Circuit Poised To Hear Arguments In Suit Over EPA ACE Climate Rule

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear oral arguments Oct. 8 in litigation over EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule to reduce greenhouse gases from coal-fired power plants, with critics claiming ACE is unlawful because it does not significantly cut GHGs and could boost other pollutants.

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States Fault EPA’s Legal Push For Deference Over Methane Rollback

California and 19 other mostly Democratic-led states are urging a federal appeals court to ignore EPA’s call to grant the agency deference and uphold its policy easing methane air rules for oil and gas drilling, countering that the action is unlawful and reiterating calls for judges to grant an emergency stay of the regulatory decision.

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FERC opts against high court appeal of adverse ‘tolling order’ ruling

The decision leaves in place a ruling prohibiting the commission’s use of “tolling orders” to routinely delay answering administrative petitions for reconsiderations of natural gas infrastructure approvals.

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California Cites Indoor Air Harms To Aid Building Gas-Appliance Phaseout

California air and energy regulators are boosting their drive to phase out natural gas appliances in buildings and move almost exclusively to using electric appliances by citing data showing gas stoves worsen indoor air quality and threaten public health, while gas utilities continue to fight the state’s strategy to “decarbonize” the building sector.

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Oil Sector Hopes High Court Climate Suit Will Stymie Nuisance Challenges

Oil industry representatives are welcoming the Supreme Court’s decision to hear a technical aspect of Baltimore’s climate change nuisance suit against the sector, hoping the justices will back the industry’s push to keep such cases in federal court rather than state court as plaintiffs prefer -- but the case might not result in a ruling that decides the venue.

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Oil & Gas Pipelines Face ‘Rocky Road’ Due To Sharpened Legal Challenges

Federal approvals for new oil and gas pipelines face what one environmentalist attorney calls a “rocky road” due to opponents’ increasingly sharpened legal challenges and more sophisticated arguments against the projects than earlier suits, with industry lawyers agreeing that pipeline critics are enjoying significant success in such cases.

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Downplaying Harm Claims, EPA Opposes Bid To Stay Methane Rollback

EPA is opposing a request from environmentalists and a coalition of almost two dozen mostly Democratic-led states for an emergency stay halting implementation of the agency’s decision to roll back Obama-era oil and gas industry methane emission limits, downplaying critics’ claim of “irreparable harm” from the rollback.

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Industry, 17 Republican State AGs Back Reversal Of Keystone XL Ruling

Industry and municipal groups, along with 17 Republican state attorneys general (AGs) and free-market proponents, are backing an appeal of a district court ruling that prohibited use of a Clean Water Act general permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, calling the lower court’s ruling a “bait-and-switch” tactic that raises questions about judicial fairness.

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