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PHMSA Pauses Stricter Natural Gas Storage Rules for Clarification

Responding to requests from the oil and natural gas industry, the Trump administration has served notice that it will delay some of the Obama administration’s stepped up safety rules for underground natural gas storage.

June 21, 2017

Trump Administration Proposing Two-Year Delay for EPA Methane Rule, Stalling BLM Venting/Flaring Rules

Thirteen days after ordering a 90-day stay over parts of proposed rules governing new sources of methane emissions from the oil and natural gas industry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Tuesday that it is considering extending the stay by two years.

June 14, 2017

API Seeking Two-Year Delay of BLM Flaring, Venting Rule Compliance Dates

One week after the Senate surprised the Trump administration by failing to pass a bill to repeal a rule governing flaring and venting of associated natural gas production on public and tribal lands, the American Petroleum Institute (API) asked the Department of Interior (DOI) to delay the rule’s compliance dates by two years.

May 19, 2017

Pruitt Says Dismissed Science Panelists Can Reapply, Expects New WOTUS Rule by 2018

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt said the members of a key scientific advisory panel he dismissed last week can reapply to the panel, and he believes that in some cases they could be reinstated.

May 12, 2017

Interior Pledges to ‘Suspend, Revise or Rescind’ BLM Flaring/Venting Rule

After the Senate failed to repeal a rule governing flaring and venting of associated natural gas on public and tribal lands, a spokeswoman for the Department of Interior (DOI) said the department will “suspend, revise or rescind” the rule, citing its impact on onshore energy development.

May 11, 2017

Despite Senate Vote, Interior Pledges Action on BLM Flaring/Venting Rule

After the Senate failed to repeal a rule governing flaring and venting of associated natural gas on public and tribal lands, a spokeswoman for the Department of Interior (DOI) said the department will “suspend, revise or rescind” the rule, citing its impact on onshore energy development.

May 11, 2017

EPA’s Pruitt Seeks State, Local Input on Rescinding, Revising Clean Water Rule

The Trump administration has a twofold strategy for targeting the controversial Clean Water Rule (CWR), enacted during the Obama era: have the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiate a rulemaking to rescind the rule first, then revise the definition of what constitutes Waters of the United States (WOTUS).

April 13, 2017

Supreme Court Denies Motion to Halt Challenge to Clean Water Rule

Despite the wishes of the Trump administration, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday decided to continue hearing a legal challenge to the controversial Clean Water Rule (CWR), an environmental holdover from the Obama administration that Trump, Republicans and several industries oppose.

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

BLM Says It Plans to Rescind Frack Rule, Asks Court For Abeyance

Attorneys for the Department of Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have asked an appellate court to vacate oral arguments and abate a case over a rule governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on public and tribal lands because the agency intends to rescind the rule.

March 16, 2017