Interior Deferring to States, Reviewing Fish, Wildlife Protections

In a development sure to impact the oil and gas industry, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said state regulatory agencies should have a higher profile in protecting fish and wildlife, and asked his department to identify federal regulations that are more restrictive than those enacted by states.

September 12, 2018

FERC, Interior, EPA, DOE, Others Agree to Faster Infrastructure Permitting

Eight months after President Trump called for the federal government to expedite its review and permitting of major infrastructure projects, 12 agencies agreed Monday to follow permitting timetables designed to complete such reviews within two years.

April 9, 2018

Trump Signs Executive Order to Expedite Federal Permitting of Infrastructure Projects

President Trump signed an executive order (EO) Tuesday calling for the federal government to expedite its review and permitting of major infrastructure projects, which should include oil and natural gas pipelines.

August 15, 2017

Interior Secretary Signs Order to Streamline Permitting, Address Backlog

Pledging to make the Interior Department “a better neighbor in the new Trump administration,” Secretary Ryan Zinke issued a secretarial order (SO) on Thursday that calls for streamlining the permitting process for drilling on federal lands.

July 7, 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
Senate GOP Defections Sink Effort to Repeal BLM Flaring, Venting Rule

Senate GOP Defections Sink Effort to Repeal BLM Flaring, Venting Rule

In a stunning defeat for the Trump administration, the Republican-controlled Senate narrowly failed to pass a bill calling for repeal of an Obama-era rule governing flaring and venting of associated natural gas on public and tribal lands.

May 10, 2017

Western Governors Push Back on Trump’s Public Lands Orders

Western governors are giving the Trump administration some feedback, and it is not all favorable, regarding the president’s executive orders on the handling of federal lands — on and offshore.

April 28, 2017

Executive Orders on Energy, Environment Expected From Trump This Week

President Trump is reportedly planning to sign a series of executive orders (EO) this week before his 100th day in office, including one on energy and another on the environment, which collectively could help facilitate onshore and offshore oil and gas drilling.

April 24, 2017

Federal Judge Orders Supplemental EIS For Nevada Sage Grouse Plan

A U.S. District Court judge for the District of Nevada last Friday ruled that the federal government may proceed with plans to protect the sage grouse habitat in the state after a supplemental environmental impact statement (EIS) on the programs is completed.

April 6, 2017

Federal Judge Casts Doubt on FERC’s Enforcement Process, $453 Million Barclay’s Penalty

Almost a decade removed from the alleged energy market manipulations that spawned it, a $453 million FERC penalty against Barclays Bank plc and four of its energy traders remains unpaid and unresolved following a ruling last Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California in Sacramento.

April 3, 2017