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Final Oil & Gas Methane Rollback Seeks To Raise Bar For Future Rules

EPA’s just-issued final rollback of oil and gas methane limits removes a key legal predicate for existing source emissions controls, while also seeking to create an administrative precedent that would raise the bar for issuing future more-stringent greenhouse gas regulations in multiple industrial sectors.

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Briefing concludes in litigation of ACE utility climate rule

Now that briefing has concluded, the next step in consolidated litigation over EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy power plant climate rule is Oct. 8 oral argument before an appellate court panel.

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9th Circuit Affirms Second Climate Nuisance Case Despite DOJ Push

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit is rejecting a push by the federal government and the oil sector to rehear a panel ruling allowing cities’ climate nuisance cases to proceed in state court, echoing the court’s decision from a week ago that also rejected calls to reconsider its ruling in a separate nuisance suit.

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EPA’s final oil & gas methane rollback clears OMB

The final rule is expected to drop direct methane standards for new oil and gas equipment, and officials are poised to unveil the measure as early as this week.

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EPA Air Chief Says First State ACE Compliance Strategy Coming ‘Soon’

The first state compliance plan under EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) climate rule for existing power plants is expected “soon,” according to the agency’s de facto air chief, who described it as a chance for her office to demonstrate how it will work with states to implement the rule.

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Bipartisan House group seeks biofuels aid in COVID-19 bill

A group of 31 House Democratic and GOP members of the Congressional Biofuels Caucus is urging inclusion of direct payments to ethanol producers in any new COVID-19 economic relief bill.


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Gas Firm’s Appeal Tests Limits Of EPA Air Enforcement Consent Decrees

EPA is defending its right to enforce federal air toxics regulations against a Utah gas services company in an Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) dispute testing the limits of an earlier consent decree that the company claims shields certain equipment from agency air rules, a case that may set a precedent for similar decrees.

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Foes Launch New Legal Bids Against FERC Finding ‘Need’ For Pipelines

Opponents of natural gas infrastructure projects are pursuing new legal arguments seeking to overturn their approvals by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), including by challenging regulators’ decision that developers have shown the projects are “needed” in the market.

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As Experts Weigh In, FERC Gets 90 Days To Appeal Tolling Order Ruling

As legal experts are debating the implications of a major court ruling upending the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) use of “tolling orders” to delay administration rehearing of gas infrastructure approvals, the commission secured more time to decide whether to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

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Attorneys See 5th Circuit Standing Decision Limited By Case’s Complexity

Environmentalists are downplaying the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit’s recent decision that said they must demonstrate harm from each alleged Clean Air Act violation in a multi-pronged air suit, saying the decision merely sets out a roadmap for litigating complex cases rather than tightening the court’s overall standing test.

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