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DOJ, Industry Push Back On Bid To Stay NWP 12 For Permian Pipeline

The Justice Department (DOJ) and natural gas pipeline companies are urging a federal district court to reject environmentalists’ request to stay approval of a Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit for a Texas pipeline, arguing they have not shown they are likely to succeed on the merits or will be irreparably harmed by the pipeline.

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CEQ unveils final overhaul of NEPA implementing rules

The Trump administration says the regulatory overhaul will speed permitting for major projects, but environmentalists and other critics say it will sharply limit public input on federal decisions.

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Zero-Emission Power Standard Builds On House Democrats’ GHG Plans

New legislation from a key House lawmaker is elaborating on prior Democratic proposals to boost deployment of low-carbon power, floating a “zero-emission electricity standard” and major incentives for non-emitting generators while incorporating new provisions to aid workers’ transition to a low-carbon economy.

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Army Corps Sharpens Attack On NEPA Remedy In ‘Dakota’ Pipeline Ruling

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is sharply attacking a federal district judge’s order to shut down the Dakota Access Pipe Line (DAPL) as the proper remedy to address the agency’s violation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when it failed to conduct a detailed environmental study of a key aspect of the project.

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Trump Poised To Unveil Final Overhaul Of NEPA Implementing Rules

President Donald Trump later this week plans to unveil a final rule that makes a suite of controversial changes to how agencies implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in an effort to speed permit reviews, with the president poised to tout the measure as a boost to the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Amid Sparring Over EPA Policies, House Democrats Advance FY21 Bill

House Appropriations Committee Democrats are advancing their fiscal year 2021 spending bill for EPA after adding a new provision blocking the agency’s controversial science “transparency” rule and rejecting Republicans’ attempts to scrap existing provisions in the bill that block other Trump administration environmental policies.

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Despite High Court Order, Use Of CWA General Permit Remains Uncertain

Despite the Supreme Court’s decision this week clearing the way for the use of a Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit for most pipeline construction, unresolved questions about how to assess endangered species impacts from the projects creates uncertainty over whether they can proceed, legal experts say.

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Pipeline Rulings May Mark ‘Turning Point’ Against Fossil Fuel Projects

A prominent mix of complicated environmental law court rulings involving oil and gas pipeline projects, where even industry wins are not always enough to ensure projects can continue, could mark a turning point against the fossil fuel sector as investors becoming increasingly wary of its chances for success, observers say.

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States urge court to require existing source methane cuts

A coalition of 13 states, as well as two local governments and environmental groups, is arguing EPA has unreasonably delayed setting standards for existing oil and gas sources.

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FERC weighs ‘tolling order’ appeal to Supreme Court

An appellate court recently barred the commission from using “tolling orders” that effectively delay litigation from opponents of natural gas infrastructure even as the projects can move forward.

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