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Spire Rehearing Request Rebuffed by DC Circuit as Pipeline Awaits FERC Action

Spire Rehearing Request Rebuffed by DC Circuit as Pipeline Awaits FERC Action

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (DC) Circuit on Tuesday rebuffed a request filed by Spire STL Pipeline LLC to reconsider an earlier decision that vacated the Midwest natural gas conduit’s FERC certificate. The circuit court denied a petition for panel rehearing filed by Spire and its affiliate Spire Missouri Inc.,…

September 9, 2021
Wyoming Groups Aiming to Speed Up Resumption of Federal Oil, Natural Gas Leasing

Wyoming Groups Aiming to Speed Up Resumption of Federal Oil, Natural Gas Leasing

Wyoming’s two main oil and gas trade groups are seeking to expedite the resumption of oil and gas leases on federal property by the Department of the Interior (DOI). In a merits brief filed Aug. 30 in Wyoming District Court, the Western Energy Alliance and the Petroleum Association of Wyoming (PAW) allege that DOI is…

September 8, 2021
Critics Say Biden ‘Slow Walks’ Compliance with Court Order to Resume Federal Oil, Natural Gas Lease Sales

Critics Say Biden ‘Slow Walks’ Compliance with Court Order to Resume Federal Oil, Natural Gas Lease Sales

The U.S. government confirmed in a court filing it would resume federal oil and gas lease sales — and established a timeline — to comply with a ruling that called for an end to the Biden administration’s moratorium. Critics, however, noted that Biden administration officials intend to stretch the process out over several months as…

August 25, 2021
ConocoPhillips Evaluating ‘Options’ After Willow Project in Alaska Rebuked by Court

ConocoPhillips Evaluating ‘Options’ After Willow Project in Alaska Rebuked by Court

A federal judge on Wednesday voided Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approval of ConocoPhillips’ massive Willow development envisaged for Alaska’s North Slope, citing a failure by BLM to analyze the project’s downstream greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In a written ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason of the District of Alaska said the environmental impact…

August 19, 2021
DC Court Vacates Spire Pipeline Certificate, Says FERC Erred in Needs Determination

DC Court Vacates Spire Pipeline Certificate, Says FERC Erred in Needs Determination

FERC erred when it issued a 2018 certificate to Spire STL Pipeline LLC by failing to adequately examine the market need for the natural gas transmission project, an appeals court ruled Tuesday. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (DC) Circuit vacated Spire’s certificate and remanded it back to the Federal Energy…

June 23, 2021
Enbridge Line 5 Still Moving Oil Across Straits of Mackinac as Mediation Continues

Enbridge Line 5 Still Moving Oil Across Straits of Mackinac as Mediation Continues

Oil was still flowing Thursday on Enbridge Inc.’s disputed dual-pipe Line 5 across the Straits of Mackinac after an inconclusive round Wednesday in the third court fight since 2018 over Michigan demands to turn off the 540,000 b/d conduit. No order emerged to enforce a Wednesday shutdown deadline set by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer from the…

May 13, 2021
Federal Judge Pauses ConocoPhillips’ Willow Project in Alaska Amid Ongoing Legal Challenges

Federal Judge Pauses ConocoPhillips’ Willow Project in Alaska Amid Ongoing Legal Challenges

Just days before ConocoPhillips’ Alaska division was slated to begin construction of the long-planned Willow project, a federal judge ordered a delay in response to a lawsuit by environmental groups that alleges former President Trump’s administration overlooked wildlife and climate change impacts. In a decision issued last week, U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason temporarily…

February 11, 2021
California’s Kern County Oil, Gas Rules Undergoing Further Review

California’s Kern County Oil, Gas Rules Undergoing Further Review

Kern County, CA, has begun a process that could lead to resuming oil and gas well permitting in April if county supervisors approve a draft environmental report prepared after an appellate court last year set aside efforts to streamline the process. The Fifth District Court of Appeals based in Fresno, CA, halted the permitting system…

February 2, 2021
MVP Clears Major Permitting Hurdle as Forest Service Completes Supplemental Review

MVP Clears Major Permitting Hurdle as Forest Service Completes Supplemental Review

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has finalized a supplemental environmental review of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), a key step in resolving a permitting setback that has prevented construction on a small portion of the project routed through the Jefferson National Forest. Late last week, the USFS released a final supplemental environmental impact statement for…

December 14, 2020
Federal Court Upholds Keystone XL Border-Crossing Permit — For Now

Federal Court Upholds Keystone XL Border-Crossing Permit — For Now

A federal district court has denied ongoing legal challenges to the Trump administration’s 2019 approval of TC Energy Corp.’s Keystone XL oil pipeline.  In separate orders handed down late last week, Chief District Judge Brian Morris of the U.S. District Court for Montana denied requests filed by tribal and environmental groups seeking a preliminary injunction…

October 22, 2020
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