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Democrats, Environmentalists Back Suit Aiming To Block Dakota Pipeline

A coalition of 18 mostly Democratic-led states, 20 House Democrats, four Democratic senators and two environmental groups is backing a suit aiming to uphold a district court decision that a key Army Corps of Engineers’ Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) approval violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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Wheeler Criticizes California, China Plans For Reducing Greenhouse Gases

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is criticizing announcements from California and China on plans to reduce greenhouse gases, describing as infeasible the Golden State’s broad climate plan mandating that all new passenger vehicles sold in the state starting in 2035 have zero emissions and calling China’s effort an empty promise.

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Responding To California Wildfires, Newsom Signs Broad Climate Order

In his bid to fight climate change amid devastating wildfires, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has signed a broad executive order (EO) setting a goal that all new passenger vehicles sold in the state starting in 2035 have zero emissions, asking the Legislature to stop issuing hydraulic fracturing permits by 2024, and boosting clean energy sources.

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Court Sets Argument In Dakota Pipeline Suit For Day After 2020 Election

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear oral argument Nov. 4 in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ appeal of a lower court ruling vacating its approval of a key easement allowing the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to cross under a Missouri River tributary, one day after the Nov. 3 presidential election.

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State coalition seeks stay of EPA oil and gas air rule rollback

The request from the coalition of almost two dozen mostly Democratic-led states follows a similar request from environmentalists for a federal appeals court to halt EPA’s oil and gas air rule rollback.

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Montana, Oil Industry Argue Keystone XL Ruling Erred On Merits, Remedy

Montana and the oil and gas industry are echoing the Army Corps of Engineers’ call for an appellate court to reverse a ruling that vacated the use of a Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, arguing a lower court erred on both the merits and the remedy in its decision.

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D.C. Circuit Grants ‘Administrative’ Stay Of EPA Methane Rule Rollback

A federal appeals court has granted a request by environmental groups for an “administrative” stay of EPA’s rollback of Obama-era oil and gas methane and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions limits while it weighs an “emergency” call by environmentalists to halt the rules during litigation.

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BLM to appeal methane rule vacatur to 9th Circuit

“BLM now believes . . . that the 2016 rule suffers from flaws that render the rule inconsistent” with the Administrative Procedure Act and Mineral Leasing Act,” the agency says in a new legal filing.

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States challenge EPA rollback of oil & gas methane limits

Nearly two dozen states are filing suit in appellate court to challenge EPA’s final rule that scraps direct methane limits for the oil and gas industry.

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EPA poised to formally publish oil and gas methane ‘policy’ rule

The regulation, which scraps direct methane limits for sources in the oil and gas sector, is scheduled to be published Sept. 14 in the Federal Register, marking the starting gun for lawsuits on the rule.

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