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DC Circuit Rules that FERC Must Consider Global Warming in Approving New Natural Gas Pipelines

by Snell & Wilmer on

The United States has one of the most extensive natural gas pipeline networks in the world. This vast network enables the ongoing switch away from coal-fired generation and toward a renewables and natural gas-based electric...more

FERC Failed to Adequately Consider Environmental Impacts of Downstream GHG Emissions Under NEPA Says D.C. Circuit

by Perkins Coie on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia last week vacated and remanded a 2016 Order by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that had authorized construction and operation of the Southeast Market Pipelines...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - August 2017

Welcome to Spilman Thomas & Battle's weekly energy news e-blast - Currents. The purpose of this communication is to provide a synopsis of the top news stories for the week, but with a twist. We recognize that you may already...more

Rethinking Greenhouse Gas Emissions: D.C. Circuit Orders Further Environmental Review of Natural Gas Pipeline Certificate

by Hogan Lovells on

On August 22, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a ruling that may change the way that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) examines the impacts of greenhouse gas...more

D.C. Circuit Vacates and Remands FERC Approval of Southeast Market Pipelines Project

On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated and remanded an order by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) authorizing the construction and operation of the...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - July 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Legislature extends state's cap-and-trade program in rare bipartisan effort to address climate change - Los Angeles Times - Jul 17 - California lawmakers voted Monday...more

BOEM Seeks Comments on the 2018 Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement Relating to GOM OCS Lease Sale

by Baker Donelson on

On Thursday, March 30, 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced the availability of the Gulf of Mexico OCS Lease Sale: Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement 2018 (Draft EIS). The Draft EIS...more

EIB Energy Highlights: Dakota Access & Keystone XL Pipelines Revived, FERC on Energy Storage & Pipeline Rates & More

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Our goal is to serve as a leading-edge resource for companies navigating the rapidly evolving landscapes of the domestic and global energy markets. Moore & Van Allen’s EIB Energy Highlights is a complement to our Energy...more

BLM Must Take a “Hard Look” at Fracking Impacts

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On September 6, 2016, a federal Judge issued an Order finding that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) failed to take a “hard look,” as required under the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”), at the potential...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - August 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - In California's climate debate, state lawmakers push for more authority - Los Angeles Times - Aug 11 - Over the last two weeks, a bipartisan group of assembly members have...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Ninth Circuit upholds wind farm approval - Courthouse News Service - Jun 7 - Federal regulators adequately addressed whether a proposed wind turbine project near San Diego would...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2016 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Proceeds from cap-and-trade auction fall far short of targets - Los Angeles Times - May 25 - The latest auction in California’s cap-and-trade market for greenhouse gases fell...more

FERC Grants Extension of Time for Natural Gas Storage Company to Construct Expansion Facilities Over More Than 250 Comments in...

by King & Spalding on

On May 16, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted Arlington Storage Company, LLC (Arlington) a two-year extension of time to construct a previously authorized underground natural gas storage expansion project....more

Timing Is (Almost) Everything: FERC Implements D.C. Circuit Guidance on NEPA Review of Multiple Pipeline Construction Projects

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In the wake of two recent D.C. Circuit decisions, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has begun to implement its new policy concerning the review of natural gas pipeline construction proposals under the National...more

Environmental Challenge Blasts Kern County Oil and Gas Rules

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On Thursday, December 10, environmental organizations filed a complaint against Kern County in California Superior Court alleging that the County violated the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) by preparing a...more

Crude-By-Rail Update: Siting a Crude Oil Transloading Terminal in California? Developers Should Seek Old Industrial Sites and...

by BakerHostetler on

Proposed crude-by-rail (CBR) projects in California increasingly face opposition lawsuits designed to stall and derail the terminals. The suits often focus on alleged noncompliance with the California Environmental Quality...more

Federal Energy Legislative Update

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

There has been recent action in Congress on issues important to the oil and gas industry. This post provides an overview of the major energy-related bills in Congress. H.R. 538, the Native American Energy Act – On...more

Energy & Environment Update - September 2015 #4

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE - After a busy week with Yom Kippur and visits from Pope Francis and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Congress is focusing this week on finalizing a continuing resolution and preparing for new...more

Greater sage-grouse and land use in the inter-mountain west

by K&L Gates LLP on

The greater sage-grouse—a ground-dwelling, chicken-like bird—has been the focus of controversy pitting conservation against energy development and ranching interests across the inter-mountain west. The greater sage-grouse’s...more

Activists ask Court to Scrap EIR and Stop Fracking

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Today, July 30, the Center for Biological Diversity (“CBD”) filed a complaint in Sacramento County Superior Court against the Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”). CBD claims, among other things, that DOGGR...more

Hydraulic Fracturing: State Regulatory Roundup Vol. 43

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Fracking Insider Readers: We are pleased to bring you Volume 43 of our State Regulatory Roundup, including updates in California, New York, and Ohio. As we explained in earlier volumes, we designed the Roundup to provide...more

BLM Receives Challenges to Greater Sage-Grouse Plans From All Sides

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Following the May 28, 2015 release by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) of 14 final Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) for land use plans designed to provide greater protection to the greater sage-grouse on...more

DOGGR Releases Final Well Stimulation EIR

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Yesterday, July 1, 2015, pursuant to Senate Bill 4 (“SB 4”) the State Oil & Gas Supervisor Steven Bohlen, head of the Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”), certified a Final...more

FWS To Authorize Incidental Takes Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act?

Late last month, the Fish & Wildlife Service issued a Notice of Intent to prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement to evaluate various options for authorizing incidental takes under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act....more

Yet Another Lawsuit Seeking to Limit California Oil Development

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The clamor over hydraulic fracturing continued Wednesday as environmental activists filed another lawsuit to limit oil and gas development in California. The lawsuit, filed by Earthjustice on behalf of the Center for...more

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