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Groups allege EPA oil & gas enforcement favored Pruitt's home state

Environmentalists argue that former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt declined to penalize several oil and gas companies based in his home state of Oklahoma.

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Industry Touts Policy Fix To Curb States' CWA 401 Power To Block Pipelines

As Congress eyes legislation to limit states' Clean Water Act (CWA) power to block pipelines and other federally approved projects, energy industry officials say administrative actions may be more effective than legislative ones to address their concerns that states are using their CWA section 401 authority to improperly block such projects.

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Oil & Gas Producers Urge EPA To Scale Back Audit Policy For New Owners

Oil and gas producers are urging the Trump Administration to scale back EPA's draft self-audit policy intended to streamline disclosure of non-compliance for new owners, arguing that the proposal would rely on measures outside the agency's statutory authority and that compliance with similar state policies should satisfy federal regulators.

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New York Fears FERC Bid To Bypass Court Scrutiny Of Pipeline GHG Reviews

New York Attorney General (AG) Barbara Underwood (D) is raising concerns that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) may be seeking to bypass judicial scrutiny of its decisions not to analyze upstream and downstream greenhouse gas impacts for most natural gas infrastructure approvals, despite a court ruling requiring such reviews.

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EPA Sends Draft Proposal To Replace CPP To White House For Review

EPA has sent its draft proposed rule to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) utility greenhouse gas rule to the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) for interagency review, advancing a measure that is likely to be far weaker than the current regulation.

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Utilities Urge EPA To Let States Choose Replacement Framework For CPP

Utility industry groups are urging EPA to allow states to choose either a “top-down” or “bottom-up” framework for determining the level of greenhouse gas cuts that can be achieved at existing power plants under a narrow Clean Power Plan (CPP) replacement rule that the agency is soon expected to send for White House review.

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FERC, industry decline to appeal downstream GHG ruling

Leaving the appellate ruling in place means environmentalists can cite it as precedent in their efforts to force more-detailed climate reviews of gas infrastructure and other fossil fuel projects.

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Environmentalists expand pipeline fight (update)

The Sierra Club and other groups are seeking to ensure that a federal appeals court's halt of a natural gas pipeline in West Virginia also applies to the segment in Virginia.

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Industry Sees Subtle Path For CEQ To Limit NEPA Reviews Of Climate Effects

Industry attorneys say the Trump administration could use its pending rewrite of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rules to downplay the need for considering greenhouse gas and other climate issues by changing definitions of key terms, such as the “reasonably foreseeable” risks that must be assessed, as a subtler way to limit such reviews rather than a more controversial frontal attack.

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Imminent CPP Replacement Expected To Exempt Plant From NSR Rules

EPA's proposed rule seeking to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP), which is slated for submission to the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) this week, will include tailored reforms to the agency's new source review (NSR) program that will allow power plants making efficiency upgrades solely to comply with the CPP to be exempt from NSR.

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