Environmental

Federal Judge Deals Another Setback to Oil, Natural Gas Development in Ohio National Forest

Federal Judge Deals Another Setback to Oil, Natural Gas Development in Ohio National Forest

A federal judge has halted oil and gas development in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest (WNF) after a ruling last year found the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) failed to adequately consider the impact of unconventional development when they opened the land for drilling. The U.S. District Court for the…

March 11, 2021
Enbridge Line 5 Secures Michigan Water Permits, but Fight to Avoid Shutdown Still Looms

Enbridge Line 5 Secures Michigan Water Permits, but Fight to Avoid Shutdown Still Looms

Enbridge Inc. won an environmental round in Michigan on Friday to keep its 540,000 b/d Line 5 oil pipeline running by securing state water permits to bury the pipe leg across the Straits of Mackinac. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) approved the $500 million conduit. Regulators said “the proposed tunneling…

January 29, 2021
Controversial Wyoming Oil, Gas Project in PRB Moving Forward After Favorable BLM Decision

Controversial Wyoming Oil, Gas Project in PRB Moving Forward After Favorable BLM Decision

A Bureau of Land Management (BLM) decision to allow year-round oil and natural gas drilling within 1.5 million acres of federal and Wyoming state land has ended a six-year stalemate among a consortium of producers and regulators. The BLM decision allows the exploration and production (E&P) companies to drill on 1,500 multi-well pads within the…

January 5, 2021
California Resources Garners Climate Accolades; CEO Departing at Year-End

California Resources Garners Climate Accolades; CEO Departing at Year-End

California’s largest oil producer, which cleared Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization earlier this year, has gained national recognition for its decarbonization efforts just as its CEO Todd Stevens, 53, is leaving. Under the global environmental disclosure system administered by the non-profit Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), California Resources Corp. (CRC) has received an “A-” rating for its…

December 28, 2020
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
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