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Republican States Back DOJ’s Call For High Court Stay Of NWP 12 Vacatur

A group of Republican-led states is supporting the Justice Department’s (DOJ) request for the Supreme Court to stay a landmark ruling that vacated the federal permit for constructing new oil and gas pipelines, arguing the permit threatens the nation’s power supply because vital energy infrastructure projects will cost more and take more time to build.

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EPA Offers First Detailed Legal Defense Of CPP Repeal, ACE Replacement

EPA for the first time is detailing to a court its legal arguments for repealing the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) utility greenhouse gas rule and replacing it with the much narrower Affordable Clean Energy (ACE), charging that the CPP was unlawfully broad while ACE is the only way to “lawfully regulate” power plant climate emissions.

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DOJ Seeks Supreme Court Stay Of CWA Pipeline General Permit Vacatur

The Justice Department (DOJ) is asking the Supreme Court to stay a landmark district court ruling that vacated the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit for constructing new oil and gas pipelines, arguing in part that the lower court erred in issuing a nationwide injunction and noting several justices’ recent concerns about universal injunctions.

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Gas Infrastructure Faces Legal Battles Despite High Court Pipeline Ruling

In a win for the natural gas industry, the Supreme Court is rejecting a key challenge to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), though the pipeline and other large gas infrastructure projects are still facing growing legal and permitting hurdles before they can be built and put into operation.

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FERC Seeks To Save ‘Tolling Order’ Authority With Landowner Final Rule

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is seeking to save its “tolling order” power to indefinitely delay a 30-day statutory deadline to review administrative petitions for rehearing of its natural gas approvals, issuing a direct final rule banning developers from starting construction until FERC acts on rehearing requests.

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LNG NEPA Waiver Plan Wins Industry Support, Environmentalist Criticism

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) plan to categorically exempt its reviews of liquified natural gas (LNG) export projects from the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is being broadly welcomed by industry groups and strongly rejected by environmentalists, according to recently filed written comments.

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Trump Suspends Environmental Rules For Infrastructure, Citing Pandemic

Stepping up his deregulatory push amid the COVID-19 pandemic, President Donald Trump has directed EPA and other agencies to exempt infrastructure projects from legally required reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Clean Water Act (CWA) and other laws so they can be fast-tracked and help spur the economy.

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VW Ruling May Help Cities Keep Climate Nuisance Suits In State Court

The high-profile appeals court ruling holding that the Clean Air Act does not preempt county governments from pursuing state court actions against Volkswagen over its use of defeat devices may boost municipalities fighting preemption arguments from major oil companies in their efforts to keep their climate nuisance suits in state court.

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Rejecting Criticism, EPA Touts CWA 401 Rule’s ‘Cooperative Federalism’

EPA is defending its final Clean Water Act (CWA) rule limiting the scope of state reviews of federally permitted projects’ water quality impacts as defining the appropriate parameters of the agency’s “cooperative federalism” policy balancing EPA and states’ regulatory powers, rejecting calls from critics that the rule undercuts states’ authority.

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Court Weighs Ruling In Major Suit Over Adequacy Of Oil & Gas GHG Review

A federal court is weighing a ruling in a long-pending suit with potentially sweeping implications for the Interior Department’s (DOI) oil and gas leasing program after briefing concluded, as environmentalists are seeking to force officials to conduct a more robust climate change analysis during environmental reviews of new leases.

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