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Scrapped ACP Pipeline Shows Growing Legal Threats Despite Trump Efforts

Dominion Energy and Duke Energy’s July 5 announcement that they are cancelling the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) because of ongoing legal delays and cost uncertainty is prompting environmentalists to suggest that other pipelines may face similar fates while industry is urgently calling for permitting reform to counter the legal setbacks.

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Court Curbs FERC’s Use Of ‘Tolling Orders’ To Delay Suits Over Gas Projects

The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in a sweeping decision is curbing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) use of “tolling orders” that it has long used to delay administrative reconsideration of natural gas infrastructure approvals and subsequent lawsuits over those projects.

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Environmentalists urge high court to reject pipeline permit stay request

Environmental groups argue a lower court’s vacatur of a Clean Water Act general permit for pipeline construction is the appropriate remedy for the Army Corps of Engineers’ Endangered Species Act violations.

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Updated Regulatory Agenda Says EPA Might Review Truck GHG Rules

EPA is suggesting it might reconsider the stringency of later-year greenhouse gas standards for heavy-duty trucks issued by the Obama administration in the 2016, a notable new item in its newly updated regulatory agenda that outlines the agency’s goals for this year and a potential second term for the Trump administration.

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Groups Make Final Pitches To OMB On Oil & Gas Methane Rule Rollback

Environmentalists and oil groups are making their final pitches to EPA and White House officials regarding the agency’s draft final rollback of oil and gas methane standards, including a late-hour battle over the implications of scrapping rules for low-production wells and the legal authority for the rollback.

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EDF targets pipeline approval based on lack of ‘need’

The environmental group’s case focuses on claims that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission improperly determined there was a “need” for a St. Louis-area natural gas pipeline.

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California Officials Say Requiring Electric Appliances In Buildings Inevitable

A top California energy official and the former climate adviser for Gov. Jerry Brown (D) say it is likely inevitable that the state mandates electric appliances in new homes and commercial buildings -- and bars natural gas models -- to help achieve aggressive greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

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EPA’s utility GHG defense draws lone amicus filer

The National Association of Home Builders is backing EPA’s decision to repeal the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, though it takes no position on the replacement Affordable Clean Energy rule.

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Energy Sector Cites Legal Flaws In Bid For High Court Stay Of NWP 12 Ruling

The energy sector is backing the Justice Department’s (DOJ) call for the Supreme Court to stay a district court’s vacatur of a federal Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit for constructing new oil and gas pipelines, citing numerous alleged legal flaws with the lower court’s ruling and claiming widespread harms from the resulting halt in permitting.

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Court sets schedule in suit over EPA existing source methane rule

The development in the lawsuit comes even though Trump officials in the coming weeks appear poised to complete a regulation that would undercut the legal basis for such oil and gas rules.

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