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EPA Moves to Rescind, Revise Amendments to RMP Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving forward with plans to rescind or modify rules published during the waning days of the Obama administration and which have yet to take effect that are designed to prevent accidents and explosions at refineries and other industrial facilities.

May 18, 2018
Wyoming Judge Ices BLM Natural Gas Venting/Flaring Rule

Wyoming Judge Ices BLM Natural Gas Venting/Flaring Rule

Just six weeks after a federal judge in California ruled that parts of an Obama-era rule governing associated natural gas flaring and venting on public and tribal lands should take effect, a federal judge in Wyoming on Wednesday reversed course and issued a stay, giving the Trump administration more time to revise or rescind the rule.

April 5, 2018

Clean Power Plan Does Not Tread On FERC Jurisdiction, Say Former Commissioners

Contrary to suggestions by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Clean Power Plan (CPP) does not interfere with the authority of FERC or threaten the affordability and reliability of the nation’s electricity supply, according to a trio of former Commissioners.

April 4, 2018

EPA Says Obama-Era WOTUS Ruling No Surprise

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it anticipated that the U.S. Supreme Court would ultimately rule that the nation’s district courts should decide lawsuits filed against an Obama-era rule over which waterbodies deserve protection under the Clean Water Act.

January 25, 2018

Trump Administration Formally Rescinds BLM Fracking Rule

The Trump administration formally rescinded an Obama-era rule governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on public and tribal lands on Thursday, bringing an end to nearly three years of legal wrangling that pitted four states, an Indian tribe, environmentalists and energy industry groups against each other.

December 28, 2017
Some NatGas Venting/Flaring Rules Suspended or Delayed Until 2019

Some NatGas Venting/Flaring Rules Suspended or Delayed Until 2019

Following through on plans it announced in October, the Trump administration announced that it has temporarily suspended or delayed parts of an Obama-era rule governing associated natural gas flaring and venting on public and tribal lands until January 2019.

December 7, 2017

Pruitt Opens CPP Repeal Process; Impact on Energy Industry Unclear

Sides were predictably drawn in the early debate over Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s announcement that the Trump administration will issue a proposed rule to end the controversial Clean Power Plan (CPP), but what practical impact the move will have is less clear.

October 10, 2017

Baker, Still ‘Climate Skeptic,’ Again Advocates for Carbon Tax, Import Tariff to Reduce Emissions

Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III reiterated his plea last week for Democrats and Republicans to come together to fight climate change.

October 2, 2017

House Approves $1.2T Funding Package, Targets Obama-Era Emission, Carbon Rules

House lawmakers passed a $1.2 trillion package of appropriations bills for the next fiscal year on Thursday, but not before Republicans successfully added four amendments targeting Obama-era rules, including those governing methane emissions and the “social cost of carbon.”

September 14, 2017

House GOP Tacks Amendments Targeting Obama-Era Rules to Appropriations Bill

House lawmakers last week postponed debate over an appropriations bill to fund the Department of Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the next fiscal year, but not until after Republican lawmakers successfully tacked on a pair of amendments targeting two controversial Obama-era rules.

September 11, 2017
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