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

Interior Proposes Repealing Amendments to Valuation Rules

The Department of Interior (DOI) said it plans to repeal recent amendments to federal energy valuation rules as part of the Trump administration’s plans to target red tape and regulatory costs.

April 3, 2017

Trump Signs Order to Trim Executive Branch

Two weeks after saying he wants to make federal agencies “do more with less,” President Trump signed an order Monday calling for reorganization of the executive branch of the government, a move that could affect the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

March 14, 2017

DC Court Rejects Attempts to Stop Dakota Access

A federal judge Tuesday once again rejected requests by two Native American tribes to halt ongoing construction of the final link in the $3.8 billion, nearly 1,200-mile Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

March 8, 2017

Alaska Governor Sends Trump A Pipeline/LNG Wish List

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker in early February wrote to President Trump with his wish list for the state’s pipeline and liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, asking for environmental regulatory exemptions for the project as well as federal loan guarantees.

March 7, 2017

Trump Signs Order Targeting Red Tape; Interior Postpones Valuation Rule

President Trump signed an executive order Friday requiring every agency of the federal government to establish a regulatory reform task force to identify regulations that should be repealed or modified.

February 24, 2017
Sioux Tribes Ask Federal Court to Overturn Dakota Access Approval

Sioux Tribes Ask Federal Court to Overturn Dakota Access Approval

The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes on Tuesday filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to set aside the Trump administration’s approval to allow the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to be completed at a Missouri River crossing in south-central North Dakota.

February 15, 2017

Federal Judge Weighs Community Requirements For PG&E’s San Bruno Conviction

A federal judge on Monday was still considering what community requirements to place on Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) as a result of its criminal conviction last summer for its part in the 2010 natural gas transmission pipeline rupture and explosion in San Bruno, 10 miles south of San Francisco.

January 24, 2017

Federal Judge Denies Challenge to BLM Venting/Flaring Rule

A federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming on Monday denied a request by several oil/gas producing states for a preliminary injunction against the Obama administration’s venting/flaring rule, which the states allege duplicates and negates state actions already cutting emissions.

January 17, 2017