Environmental

Energy Industry Stands to Benefit as Interior Relaxes Migratory Bird Protections

Energy Industry Stands to Benefit as Interior Relaxes Migratory Bird Protections

In a potential boon for energy companies, the Trump administration is using its final few weeks in power to advance a new regulation that would explicitly limit a federal law protecting migratory birds to exclude those killed accidentally or unintentionally.  The proposed regulation would clarify what types of actions are prohibited under the 1918 Migratory…

November 30, 2020
Canada Said to Need Low-Carbon Tech, Policy Changes to Meet Net-Zero Emissions Goal

Canada Said to Need Low-Carbon Tech, Policy Changes to Meet Net-Zero Emissions Goal

Canadian oil and gas production will climb for another 20 years without policy changes to help meet the federal government’s new target for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) said. In the report “Canada’s Energy Future 2020” issued on Tuesday, a CER reference scenario of business as usual forecasts a 47%…

November 30, 2020
Colorado’s Updated Oversight of Oil, Gas Development Called ‘Watershed Moment’

Colorado’s Updated Oversight of Oil, Gas Development Called ‘Watershed Moment’

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) has completed hearings to address sweeping changes to its mission, from “fostering” to “regulating” the industry.   The changes, which among other things also address wildlife mitigation impacts, were required by the state Senate Bill (SB) 19-181 signed into law last year. Hearings began in August to address…

November 23, 2020
MVP Earns Court Victory as Fourth Circuit Denies Stay of Endangered Species Permits

MVP Earns Court Victory as Fourth Circuit Denies Stay of Endangered Species Permits

Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC (MVP), a project that has faced implacable opposition in the courts, secured a legal victory Wednesday when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld the natural gas conduit’s revamped Endangered Species Act approvals. The Fourth Circuit, a venue that has not shown much sympathy toward MVP in recent…

November 20, 2020
Federal Judge Chides BLM for ‘Sloppy’ Climate Review of Wyoming Oil, Gas Leases

Federal Judge Chides BLM for ‘Sloppy’ Climate Review of Wyoming Oil, Gas Leases

A federal district judge has again sent the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) back to the drawing board on an environmental review of oil and gas leasing in Wyoming, citing inadequate consideration of climate change impacts. In a ruling filed late last week, Judge Rudolph Contreras of the U.S. District Court for the…

November 16, 2020
EDF Fighting FERC’s Spire STL Decision, Citing ‘Clear Lack of Need’ for Natural Gas Pipe

EDF Fighting FERC’s Spire STL Decision, Citing ‘Clear Lack of Need’ for Natural Gas Pipe

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is urging a federal appeals court to strike down FERC’s certificate for the 66-mile Spire STL Pipeline LLC, arguing that the Commission failed to follow its legal responsibilities when it approved the project in 2018. In particular, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s reliance on an affiliated precedent agreement in determining…

October 27, 2020
BLM Decisions Under Pendley Facing Slew of Environmental Lawsuits

BLM Decisions Under Pendley Facing Slew of Environmental Lawsuits

A federal judge has invalidated key land use plans in Montana that were approved under former Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Acting Director William Perry Pendley, a decision that could imperil land use decisions elsewhere and pave the way for a deluge of litigation from environmental groups. The ruling issued last Friday was the second…

October 20, 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
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
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