Shale Opponents Victorious in Pennsylvania Supreme Court; Environmental Rights Upheld

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday issued an opinion that upholds and further develops an environmental rights amendment in the state’s constitution that fossil fuel opponents have increasingly invoked in legal challenges to hinder shale gas development.

June 20, 2017

Lawsuit Challenging Constitutionality of Mariner East 2 Headed to Trial

The Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas has denied Sunoco Pipeline LP’s request to summarily dismiss a lawsuit filed last year by the Clean Air Council (CAC) and two landowners that challenges the constitutionality of the Mariner East 2 pipeline, clearing the way forward for one of the last remaining legal efforts to stop the project.

May 26, 2017

Congress Considering Pushback of ‘Sue-and-Settle’ Environmental Tactics

Industry and environmental advocates disagreed sharply on Wednesday during a Congressional subcommittee hearing in Washington, DC, about an increasingly common practice of environmental legal settlements morphing into de facto regulation.

May 25, 2017

Appellate Court Grants Trump Administration Request to Delay Cases Over Methane Rules

An appellate court granted the Trump administration’s request to delay a series of lawsuits over proposed rules governing new sources of methane emissions from the oil and natural gas industry, giving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) more time to review the rules.

May 19, 2017

California’s De Facto Drilling Moratorium Continues as BLM Agrees to Rewrite RMP

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management agreed last week to rewrite a resource management plan for a large swath of California public lands, effectively barring any new oil and natural gas leasing for at least a year.

May 8, 2017

Enviro Groups Sue to Stop Oil/NatGas Development in Ohio National Forest

Four environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the federal government to void oil and gas leases and stop high-volume hydraulic fracturing in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest (WNF).

May 3, 2017
Mariner East 1 Reports Small Ethane/Propane Leak

Mariner East 1 Reports Small Ethane/Propane Leak

Sunoco Logistics Partners LP reported a small spill of ethane and propane from its Mariner East (ME) 1 pipeline earlier this month, saying on Friday that the system has been fixed.

April 21, 2017

Briefs — Texas Eastern Transmission

Staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) for Texas Eastern Transmission LP’s (Tetco) proposed Idle Line 1 Abandonment project [CP17-6]. FERC staff concluded that, with appropriate mitigating measures, the project would not significantly affect the quality of the human environment. Tetco is seeking authorization to abandon in place and by removal 165 miles of Line 1 pipeline that runs from Fayette County, OH, to Greene County, PA, that were placed into idle service in 1989, including three segments of 24-inch diameter pipeline, associated lateral lines 10-L and 10-M, metering and regulating facilities and other aboveground facilities. FERC will accept comments on the EA through May 22.

April 21, 2017

North Dakota Lawmakers Busy Tweaking Industry Rules

The North Dakota Legislature has carved out a new state environmental agency as a cabinet-level unit, set higher limits for spill reporting and established a safety/environmental self-auditing program for oil/natural gas operators in the state.

April 11, 2017

Trump Administration Asks Appellate Court to Delay Cases Over Methane Rules

The Trump administration has asked an appellate court to delay a series of lawsuits over proposed rules governing new sources of methane emissions from the oil and natural gas industry, in order to give the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) time to review the rules.

April 11, 2017
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