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EPA’s Rollback of Oil, Gas Methane Rules Paused by Court Amid Multiple Lawsuits

EPA’s Rollback of Oil, Gas Methane Rules Paused by Court Amid Multiple Lawsuits

A federal court on Thursday paused a rescission by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Obama-era regulations to curb methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. Swift legal action against the sweeping rule change had been promised by environmental advocates, and judicial intervention had been widely anticipated by experts. The U.S. Court of…

September 18, 2020
Dakota Access Operations Face ‘Little Risk’ For Now as Court Ruling Not Expected Until After Election

Dakota Access Operations Face ‘Little Risk’ For Now as Court Ruling Not Expected Until After Election

Parties to ongoing litigation challenging the continued operation of the Dakota Access Pipeline LLC (DAPL) have agreed to a schedule that would see the last brief filed in mid-December, raising the prospect that a ruling in the case won’t arrive until after the election. Lawyers in the case, between the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and…

September 18, 2020
Enbridge Resuming Full Line 5 Oil Deliveries after Safety Review Finds No Leak Threats

Enbridge Resuming Full Line 5 Oil Deliveries after Safety Review Finds No Leak Threats

Deliveries resumed Wednesday through both pipes in Enbridge Inc.’s 540,000 b/d Line 5 across the lake floor of the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan, after a safety examination shuttered one of the conduits for 11 weeks. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) allowed the Calgary-based operator to restore full capacity. The Michigan Circuit…

September 10, 2020
FERC Asked for Two-Year Extension as MVP Still Resolving ‘Permitting Issues’

FERC Asked for Two-Year Extension as MVP Still Resolving ‘Permitting Issues’

Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC, beset by legal and regulatory hurdles that have pushed back the startup of its 303-mile, 2 million Dth/d Appalachian natural gas conduit, has asked FERC for a two-year extension to bring the project online. Citing “unforeseen litigation and permitting delays” outside of the project’s control, MVP in a filing Tuesday with…

August 27, 2020
Sunoco Cleared to Restart Mariner East Work in Pennsylvania After Appeal Granted

Sunoco Cleared to Restart Mariner East Work in Pennsylvania After Appeal Granted

An administrative law judge has allowed Sunoco Pipeline LP to resume horizontal directional drilling (HDD) on a stretch of its Mariner East pipeline system in southeast Pennsylvania, overturning an order from state regulators that stopped construction last week. Sunoco appealed the order to the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board (EHB), which oversees decisions made by the…

August 27, 2020
DAPL Awaiting Appeals Court Decision on Operations Status

DAPL Awaiting Appeals Court Decision on Operations Status

It’s now a waiting game for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) after both sides in the oil pipeline’s ongoing legal battle have had their say regarding the motion to stay a lower court’s order to temporarily shut and empty the system. In a filing Thursday (July 23) in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the…

July 27, 2020
Natural Gas Pipeline Companies Charged in Pennsylvania Grand Jury Investigation

Natural Gas Pipeline Companies Charged in Pennsylvania Grand Jury Investigation

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s (AG) Office has charged a National Fuel Gas Co. subsidiary and a subcontractor with environmental crimes as part of a two-year grand jury investigation into unconventional natural gas development.  Southeast Directional Drilling and National Fuel Gas Supply Corp. were charged. Evidence obtained by the grand jury revealed that a “small leak”…

July 23, 2020
Louisiana Property Owners Awarded Larger Payout in Court Fight Against Bayou Bridge

Louisiana Property Owners Awarded Larger Payout in Court Fight Against Bayou Bridge

Louisiana landowners involved in a lawsuit over the Bayou Bridge Pipeline (BBP), the last segment of the controversial Dakota Access pipeline system (DAPL), were awarded a larger payout after an appeals court reversed a ruling. In his decision on Thursday, Judge Jonathan Perry of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third in Louisiana said…

July 20, 2020
Court Blocks Trump Effort to Rescind Obama-Era Methane Rule

Court Blocks Trump Effort to Rescind Obama-Era Methane Rule

A federal judge has vacated the Trump administration’s attempt to rescind an Obama-era rule governing associated natural gas flaring and venting on public and tribal lands, citing “myriad inadequacies” on which the rescission was based, including violating National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations.  A coalition of environmental and citizens’ groups had argued that the move…

July 16, 2020
Energy Transfer Not Yet Shutting Down Dakota Access Crude Pipeline as it Renews Stay Request

Energy Transfer Not Yet Shutting Down Dakota Access Crude Pipeline as it Renews Stay Request

Energy Transfer LP has “not yet taken any steps to begin shutting down” the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) in light of an order by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to temporarily halt operations and empty the 1,172-mile crude oil pipeline while an environmental impact statement (EIS) is completed. Instead, lawyers for…

July 9, 2020
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