Environmental

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
Range Resources Aiming for Net Zero Emissions in Lower 48 by 2025

Range Resources Aiming for Net Zero Emissions in Lower 48 by 2025

Lower 48 independent Range Resources Corp. on Wednesday unveiled an emissions goal of net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2025. The Fort Worth, TX-based exploration and production (E&P) company said in its 2020 Corporate Sustainability Report it has reduced absolute GHG emissions by 47% since 2017. It also has recycled 147% of produced water…

August 27, 2020
U.S. Chamber Steps into Legal Fray to Defend Reforms Aimed at Speedier Approvals of Energy Infrastructure

U.S. Chamber Steps into Legal Fray to Defend Reforms Aimed at Speedier Approvals of Energy Infrastructure

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday said it would help defend Trump administration updates to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) that were designed to minimize reviews and hasten approvals of proposed infrastructure projects, including natural gas and oil pipelines. At issue is the White House Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ)’s overhaul of NEPA…

August 25, 2020
Sunoco Challenging Mariner East HDD Stoppage in Southeast PA

Sunoco Challenging Mariner East HDD Stoppage in Southeast PA

Sunoco Pipeline LP is challenging a recent directive from state regulators to suspend work on a horizontal directional drill (HDD) in Chester County, PA, needed to complete parts of its embattled Mariner East pipeline system. A prolonged construction stoppage at the site in West Whiteland Township, dubbed HDD 360, creates “a significant risk of adverse…

August 25, 2020
Citing Threats to Grouse and Climate, Enviros Sue BLM to Scrap Colorado Drilling Plan

Citing Threats to Grouse and Climate, Enviros Sue BLM to Scrap Colorado Drilling Plan

A coalition of environmental groups has filed a lawsuit to jettison a federal plan that would allow oil and gas drilling on public lands in southwestern Colorado. The six western U.S. groups filed the lawsuit against the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in U.S. District Court in Denver. The plaintiffs claim that…

August 20, 2020
Jordan Cove LNG Facing More Delays as Pipeline Route Scrutinized

Jordan Cove LNG Facing More Delays as Pipeline Route Scrutinized

The besieged Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal proposed for Coos Bay, OR, faces yet another stumbling block. The Oregon supervisor of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Paul Henson, wrote in a letter to FERC Tuesday that Jordan Cove needed additional information for a pipeline connector, the 15.2-mile-long Blue Ridge Variation. The…

August 20, 2020