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FERC Ordered to Revisit South Texas LNG Authorizations as Court Finds Environmental Analyses Lacking

FERC Ordered to Revisit South Texas LNG Authorizations as Court Finds Environmental Analyses Lacking

A federal court on Tuesday ordered FERC to review its approvals of two planned liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects in South Texas, saying the agency had not adequately explained its approach in evaluating the potential impacts on climate change and environmental justice (EJ) communities. The decision handed down from the U.S. Court of Appeals…

August 4, 2021
Shell Vows to Appeal Dutch Ruling to More Quickly Slash CO2

Shell Vows to Appeal Dutch Ruling to More Quickly Slash CO2

Royal Dutch Shell plc is vowing to appeal what it called a “disappointing court decision” after a Dutch court ruled the energy major had to reduce its carbon emissions in 2030 by 45%, sharply more than planned. Shell has set a goal to reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by the end of the decade…

May 27, 2021
Appeals Court Upholds Vacated Permit in Latest Setback for Dakota Access

Appeals Court Upholds Vacated Permit in Latest Setback for Dakota Access

In a setback for Energy Transfer LP’s Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), judges with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday upheld an earlier ruling that vacated a key federal permit issued to the controversial oil conduit. The appeals court affirmed U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg’s ruling last year that the…

January 27, 2021
Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Trump Regulatory Rollback Affecting GHG Emissions

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Trump Regulatory Rollback Affecting GHG Emissions

A federal appeals court struck down a Trump administration rule intended to relax federal oversight of air pollution from coal- and natural gas-fired power plants. The reversal of the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Tuesday, concluded that Environmental Protection Agency officials under…

January 20, 2021
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
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