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D.C. Circuit stays shutdown order for Dakota pipeline

A lower court had ordered the Dakota Access pipeline to shut down and be drained of oil due to a flawed National Environmental Policy Act review of the project.

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Army Corps Proposal, GOP Senate Bill Eye Overhaul To Accelerate NWPs

The Army Corps of Engineers is proposing numerous changes to the dredge-and-fill nationwide permit (NWP) program aimed at speeding regulatory approval of various projects, while GOP senators are pushing legislation aimed at further shortening the approval process by waiving Endangered Species Act (ESA) programmatic review mandates.

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D.C. Circuit schedules October argument in suit over EPA ACE rule

It appears almost impossible that the court will issue a merits ruling in the litigation over the utility greenhouse gas rule before the Nov. 3 election, or potentially even before inauguration day in January.

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SoCalGas, Union Sue California Over Gas Phaseout In Favor Of Electricity

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), a natural gas transportation fueling company and a utility workers union are suing the California Energy Commission (CEC) over its efforts to phase out natural gas in favor of electricity to power buildings, homes and vehicles, alleging the commission is flouting several state laws to maximize the benefits of natural gas.

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ACE Opponents Ask Court To Reject EPA’s ‘Required’ Air Law Reading

Opponents of EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) greenhouse gas rule for coal-fired power plants are rebuffing the agency’s arguments for why the rule is lawful and the product of a required interpretation of the Clean Air Act, doubling down on their allegations of numerous legal flaws.

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OMB completes review of CWA permit revisions

The action clears the way for the Army Corps of Engineers to seek public comment on efforts to reduce the burden for obtaining Clean Water Act general permits for activities related to domestic energy production.

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Senators Seek GAO Methane Study As Rollback Rule Slips Into August

Three Democratic senators and independent Sen. Angus King (ME) are seeking a “comprehensive” Government Accountability Office (GAO) review of oil and gas methane emissions, potentially aiming to build pressure for an eventual reversal of EPA’s methane air rule rollback that has slipped into August.

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GOP Derides Democrats’ Climate Plans As Reliant On ‘California Model’

A key House Republican is charging that Democrats’ recent policy proposals from the House select climate committee are reliant on a “California model” that would boost energy costs, with GOP lawmakers touting nuclear energy and natural gas exports as alternatives.

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EIA finds coal production dips to 1970s levels

Domestic coal production fell 7 percent in 2019, returning to levels last seen in 1978, and it could be in for a bigger drop this year, according to the Energy Information Administration.

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Environmental Coalition Sues White House Over NEPA Streamlining Rule

A national coalition of 20 environmental groups is filing suit over the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) new rule to streamline how agencies implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), charging that the rule will unlawfully “eviscerate core components of NEPA.”

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