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5th Circuit Dismisses CWA Drilling Permit Suit Over Lack Of Standing

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit has dismissed environmentalists’ challenge to a Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit for offshore oil and gas activities in the western Gulf of Mexico for lack of standing, an outcome that seemed all but certain given the questions judges raised at oral argument in April.

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EPA Plan Would Prevent Methane Limits For Existing Oil & Gas Sources

EPA’s just-issued proposal to scuttle Obama-era methane controls for new and modified oil and gas facilities argues that such standards are “redundant” because existing limits on volatile organic compounds (VOCs), an ozone precursor, also have the indirect effect of limiting methane.

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EPA Proposes To Drop Direct Methane Rules For Oil & Gas Sector

The Trump EPA is proposing to drop direct methane regulations for new sources in the oil and gas sector, reverting to a prior approach that relies on controlling smog-forming emissions and would also captures methane as a co-benefit.

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EPA Expected To Make Aggressive Push To Drop Oil & Gas Methane Rules

Despite public critiques from the world’s largest oil and gas producers, many observers expect EPA to make an aggressive push to finalize its looming proposal to upend or eliminate the Obama administration’s direct methane rules for drilling equipment -- driven in part by a goal of precluding efforts by a future Congress to block it.

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EPA Urges D.C. Circuit To Expedite Lawsuits Over ACE Utility GHG Rule

EPA is urging appellate judges to expedite their consideration of a host of suits challenging its Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) utility greenhouse gas rule that replaces the broader Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP), with the agency hoping to resolve its initial legal defense of the rule before President Donald Trump’s first term ends.

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Wyoming Lawmakers Suggest Appeal Of Landmark NEPA GHG Ruling

Wyoming’s congressional delegation is suggesting the Trump administration may need to appeal a landmark district court ruling that temporarily blocked oil and gas leasing in the state until officials completed a robust National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review of the proposed projects’ greenhouse gas impacts.

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GHG ‘Endangerment’ Questions Loom In Upcoming Oil & Gas NSPS Plan

Observers are closely watching how EPA will navigate the legal questions surrounding greenhouse gas “endangerment” in its forthcoming proposal to upend Obama-era oil and gas methane rules, including whether and to what degree it embraces industry claims that the rules omitted a required sector- or pollutant-specific risk review.

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EPA Backs West Virginia CWA 401 Changes, Clearing Path For Key Pipelines

EPA is endorsing changes West Virginia made to its Clean Water Act (CWA) water quality certification for an Army Corps of Engineers general permit allowing construction of two high-profile natural gas pipelines through the state, clearing the way for the Corps to reissue the permit after a federal appeals court vacated it last year.

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Court denies rehearing in Tennessee pipeline case

While the appellate court declined to hear the case, its decision will still provide a road map for future cases seeking to challenge FERC’s greenhouse gas reviews.

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Oil, Gas Industry Cautiously Welcomes EPA’s Novel Ozone Trading Plan

Oil and gas industry groups are cautiously welcoming EPA’s tentative plan to establish a novel emissions trading program for oil and gas drilling operations in Utah’s Uinta Basin to curb high ozone levels, but local leaders warn the plan should not distract from pursuing what they say are other urgent measures to reduce pollution.

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