Agencies

EPA, Army Corps Move Forward With Plan to Repeal Clean Water Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers said they plan to repeal, rather than modify, a controversial Obama-era definition of what constitutes Waters of the United States (WOTUS), arguing that the definition has led to regulatory uncertainty and runs afoul of previous rulings by the Supreme Court.

July 3, 2018

FERC, Interior, EPA, DOE, Others Agree to Faster Infrastructure Permitting

Eight months after President Trump called for the federal government to expedite its review and permitting of major infrastructure projects, 12 agencies agreed Monday to follow permitting timetables designed to complete such reviews within two years.

April 9, 2018

Nationwide Oil, NatGas Well Data Accessible in EIA Collaboration

Federal and state government agencies have joined forces to launch a publicly available website where users can access a suite of oil and natural gas well data from across the country.

September 27, 2017

Industry Groups Praise Rescission of Final Guidance on GHG Emissions For NEPA Reviews

A pair of industry organizations said a provision within President Trump’s executive order (EO) that calls for sweeping changes in the energy sector could help companies looking to build interstate natural gas pipelines or liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects.

March 31, 2017

Industry Groups Thank Trump For Rescinding Final Guidance on GHG Emissions in NEPA Reviews

A pair of industry organizations said a provision within President Trump’s executive order (EO) that calls for sweeping changes in the energy sector could help companies looking to build interstate natural gas pipelines or liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects.

March 31, 2017
FERC DEIS for Mountain Valley Pipeline Needs Work, Federal Agencies Say

FERC DEIS for Mountain Valley Pipeline Needs Work, Federal Agencies Say

FERC’s draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC (MVP) is incomplete or insufficient, a number of participating federal agencies told the Commission last week.

December 28, 2016

House GOP Slams White House Guidance on GHG Emissions in NEPA Reviews

Congressional critics of the Obama administration’s final guidance to federal agencies for quantifying greenhouse gas emissions accused the White House in a hearing Wednesday of giving environmental groups ammunition to bring lawsuits against energy projects.

September 23, 2016

Interior Proposing Flexible Endangered Species Act, More State Input

The Obama administration is signaling support to innovate the venerable Endangered Species Act (ESA) that would, among other things, more engage the states — a move that comes as Congress considers overhauling the 40-year-old law to take some authority away from federal agencies.

May 19, 2015

Bill to Expedite NatGas Pipeline Permitting to Get Second Chance in Congress

Emboldened by the first Republican majorities in both houses of Congress since 2006, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) has reintroduced the “Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act,” (HR 161), which would establish a set deadline for federal and state agencies to approve pipeline applications.

January 9, 2015

Administration Issues Proposed NEPA Guidelines For GHGs

The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Thursday released updated and expanded draft guidance on how federal agencies should consider greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change when weighing development under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

December 19, 2014
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