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Lacking Fixes, Oil & Gas Sector Unlikely To Use EPA Penalty Relief Policy

EPA did not address a series of industry concerns when it finalized its audit policy for the oil and gas sector, raising doubts that companies will take advantage of the penalty relief the policy provides for facilities that disclose and address violations, industry sources say.

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Court Eyes Groups' Standing To Target Drilling Permit Despite EPA Stance

A federal appellate court is asking parties in a case challenging an EPA water discharge permit for drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico to discuss at upcoming oral arguments industry claims that environmentalists lack standing to sue -- even though the agency has said it believes the groups challenging the permit have standing.

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FERC Faces Major Court Risk In Suit Over Broad GHG Reviews For Pipelines

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is considered vulnerable in litigation challenging its policy to avoid considering the upstream and downstream greenhouse gas impacts from most natural gas pipeline projects, with a significant number of groups on both sides joining the suit.

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EPA issues audit policy for new oil & gas upstream facilities

The voluntary audit policy would give penalty relief to new owners of upstream oil and gas facilities who voluntarily disclose -- and address -- certain Clean Air Act violations.

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EDF Floats Strategy For California To Phase Out Gas In Buildings, Plants

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is recommending a strategy for how California regulators should cost-effectively phase out the use of natural gas in buildings and gas-fired power plants in the coming decades, as part of its broader push for electrifying most sectors of the economy to fight climate change.

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Oil, Utility Groups Back NSPS Coal Plan But Disagree On Underlying Rationale

Groups representing the oil and utility sectors are supporting EPA’s proposal to no longer set greenhouse gas limits for new coal plants based on carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), though the groups sharply divide on the rationale for the change and take issue with much of EPA’s explanation.

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Ruling Bolsters Plaintiffs’ Push For GHG Review Of BLM Leasing Program

A federal judge is requiring the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to consider the cumulative greenhouse gas impacts of its oil and gas drilling lease approvals in Wyoming in a landmark ruling that plaintiffs say could ultimately force the administration to review the climate impacts of its entire oil and gas leasing program.

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Environmentalists Urge EPA To Scrap Weaker New Coal Plant GHG Plan

A large coalition of environmental groups is urging EPA to abandon its proposal to revise new source performance standards (NSPS) limiting greenhouse gases from new coal plants, saying the plan is unlawful because its GHG limit is weather than what existing coal plants can already achieve, among other reasons.

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EPA Said To Split Controversial NSR Changes From Looming Final ACE Rule

EPA appears to have decided to split its controversial plan to essentially exempt most coal-fired power plants from new source review (NSR) permitting requirements from its broader, pending final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule to limit coal plant greenhouse gas emissions, according to several sources.

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California Lawmakers’ Bills Aim To Boost Natural Gas Under Fuel Programs

Several California Democratic lawmakers are pushing bills to boost natural gas and propane under the state’s low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) and a major alternative fuel and vehicle fund, following criticism that the programs unfairly focus on subsidizing electricity and hydrogen while ignoring other fuels that can cut greenhouse gases and air pollutants.

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