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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

Public Comment Period for Administration’s NEPA Revision Closes

The public comment period for revisions to the Nixon-era National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) proposed by White House’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) came to a close Tuesday, with environmental groups still fighting the changes.

March 10, 2020

Industry, Environmental Groups Debate Trump Plan to Exempt Major Infrastructure from NEPA Oversight

Verbal skirmishing over proposed changes to the Nixon-era National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) continued even as the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) prepared for its final scheduled hearing on the nation’s benchmark environmental protection law.

February 25, 2020

Appeals Court Dismisses Challenge to FERC’s New Market Project Decision

Environmental group Otsego 2000’s request to set aside FERC’s decision to allow Dominion Transmission Inc. to construct and operate compression facilities for its New Market Project has been dismissed by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (DC) Circuit.

May 9, 2019

Piceance Drilling Plans Violated NEPA, Court Rules

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by not taking a hard look at the indirect impacts from onshore oil and natural gas production when it approved drilling on nearly 20,000 acres in the Piceance Basin, a federal judge in Colorado ruled Wednesday.

March 29, 2019

Environmental Group Appeals FERC’s New Market Project Decision for Ignoring NEPA Obligations

Arguing that FERC “arbitrarily and capriciously” ignored its obligations under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in deciding the fate of Dominion Transmission Inc.’s New Market project earlier this year, the environmental group Otsego 2000 has challenged the order in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (DC) Circuit.

July 18, 2018

White House, Lawmakers Eye Faster NEPA Review for Infrastructure

The Trump administration has moved quickly to advance plans for faster federal permitting of major infrastructure projects, including oil and natural gas pipelines, under the purview of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), with public comments now due in less than a month.

June 21, 2018

BLM Reminds Field Offices Tools Available to Expedite Drilling Permits

In an effort to expedite its regulatory duties, including processing applications to drill (APD) oil and natural gas wells on federal lands, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) reminded its field offices that they have tools available to streamline the process while remaining in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

June 8, 2018

DOE Panel Recommends Expedited LNG Exports, NEPA Review

A task force at the Department of Energy (DOE) has come up with a list of four recommendations for the department to follow, including expediting approval of small-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, and conducting a review of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations and how they are implemented.

October 27, 2017

Energy Bill Conference Lags; LNG Exports Excluded

Language to speed up approval of liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects could get left behind as lawmakers in the Senate and House conference try to rescue an energy reform bill before time runs out, a congressional staffer said Tuesday in Washington, DC.

November 30, 2016
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