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Appeals Court Rules FERC Can’t Delay Judicial Review of Pipelines Via Tolling Orders

Appeals Court Rules FERC Can’t Delay Judicial Review of Pipelines Via Tolling Orders

FERC’s practice of issuing tolling orders to extend its rehearing process for pipeline projects is not consistent with federal statute, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled. The ruling could prove a major boon for pipeline opponents by allowing them to more quickly seek judicial review of Federal Energy…

July 1, 2020

PG&E CEO Calls for Extensive Changes As Part of Chapter 11 Reorganization

Late last month the CEO for bankruptcy mired Pacific Gas and Electric Co.(PG&E) told skeptical state regulators that the giant combination utility must make extensive fundamental changes in how it operates and its Chapter 11 reorganization plan is focused on that long-sought transformation.

March 9, 2020
PennEast Asks FERC for Two-Year Extension, Cites Regulatory Delays

PennEast Asks FERC for Two-Year Extension, Cites Regulatory Delays

Project sponsors have asked FERC for another two years to finish constructing the PennEast Pipeline, which has struggled to obtain regulatory approvals and permits.

January 2, 2020
Idaho Court Again Dismisses Federal Arguments in Sage Grouse Case

Idaho Court Again Dismisses Federal Arguments in Sage Grouse Case

An Interior Department request to toss or transfer a challenge to an Obama-era greater sage grouse habitat management plan that would reduce lands available to oil and natural gas drilling has been dismissed for a second time by an Idaho federal judge.

October 8, 2019
Trans Mountain Gains Ground in Canadian Appellate Court

Trans Mountain Gains Ground in Canadian Appellate Court

Canada’s embattled Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion Tuesday won its second and third appellate court victories in five months against opponents in British Columbia (BC), marking a win for Alberta oilsands exports.

September 18, 2019
ACP Places Fate in Supreme Court’s Hands; ‘The Facts Are on Our Side’

ACP Places Fate in Supreme Court’s Hands; ‘The Facts Are on Our Side’

The stalled Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC (ACP) has officially petitioned the nation’s highest court in an effort to uphold its plans to cross the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, with the project’s schedule likely hanging in the balance.

June 26, 2019
Court Blocks BC Government Attempt to End Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion

Court Blocks BC Government Attempt to End Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion

An appellate verdict last week blocked the British Columbia (BC) government’s campaign to stop the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion (TMX) project by enacting provincial control over oil deliveries through the planned facilities.

May 28, 2019
New Jersey Urges Court to Reject PennEast’s Use of Eminent Domain

New Jersey Urges Court to Reject PennEast’s Use of Eminent Domain

New Jersey officials have asked a federal appeals court to overturn a lower court ruling allowing PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC to begin eminent domain procedures on 42 parcels of land where the state holds property interests.

April 23, 2019
Judge Orders Wyoming Drilling Halted on Climate Change Issues

Judge Orders Wyoming Drilling Halted on Climate Change Issues

A federal judge ruled late Tuesday that the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) did an inadequate job of considering the effects of climate change when it authorized oil and gas lease sales in the West, and he ordered a temporary halt to drilling on more than 300,000 acres in Wyoming.

March 20, 2019

Water Ruling Holds Implications for Oil, Gas Pipelines

A federal appeals court ruling over a hydropower project in California and Oregon could have major implications for oil and gas pipelines held up by state regulators refusing to issue water quality certifications.

January 30, 2019
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