Hearings This Week

By | Fracking Insider | July 24, 2017
Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety hearing on “Developing and Deploying Advanced Clean Energy Technologies.” Date: Tuesday, July 25, 10 a.m. Place: 406 Dirksen Bldg. Witnesses: TBA House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Environment and Subcommittee on Energy joint hearing on “Examining Advancements in Biofuels: Balancing Federal Research and Market Innovation.” Date: Tuesday, July 25, 10 a.m. View Full Post
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Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Overturns West Virginia District Court’s Order Requiring EPA to Evaluate Clean Air Act Employment Impacts

By | Fracking Insider | July 19, 2017
On June 29, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (“the Fourth Circuit”) ruled that a West Virginia federal district court had erred in concluding that it had jurisdiction to consider a lawsuit filed by Murray Energy Corporation and its affiliates that sought to compel the U.S. View Full Post
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Hearings This Week

By | Fracking Insider | July 17, 2017
House Rules Committee meets to formulate a rule on H.R.806, the “Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017.” Date: Monday, July 17, 5 p.m. Place: H-313, U.S. Capitol HR 806 — Ozone Standards Implementation Act House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy hearing on “Powering America: Examining the State of the Electric Industry through Market Participant Perspectives.” Date: Tuesday, July 18, 10 a.m. View Full Post
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Comprehensive Study of Impacts of Shale Development in Texas Released

By | Fracking Insider | July 14, 2017
On June 19, 2017, the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (AMEST) released a report, Environmental and Community Impacts of Shale Development in Texas.  TAMEST is a nonprofit organization and brain trust composed of Texas-based members of the National Academics of Sciences, Engineering and Medicines, and the state’s Nobel Laureates. View Full Post
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D.C. Circuit Rejects Trump EPA’s Delay of Methane Reduction Rules

By | Fracking Insider | July 13, 2017
On July 3, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia dealt a blow to the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back Obama-era environmental regulations, ruling that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) cannot delay implementation of methane restrictions and oil and gas drilling sites.  View Full Post
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Trump Administration Rescinds the Waters of the United States Rule

By | Fracking Insider | July 11, 2017
On Tuesday, June 27, the Trump administration announced its withdrawal of the “Waters of the United States” (“WOTUS”) Rule, which called for a dramatic and unprecedented expansion of the federal government’s permitting jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. The WOTUS Rule was published in June 2015 by the Obama administration, but opponents, including dozens of states and industry groups, have argued in legal challenges that the measure effectively gives the U.S. View Full Post
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Energy Hearings This Week

By | Fracking Insider | July 10, 2017
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee markup to vote on the nominations of Annie Caputo to be a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; David Wright to be a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; and Susan Parker Bodine to be assistant EPA administrator of the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance; and to markup the Substitute Amendment to S.822, the “Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development (BUILD) Act of 2017”; the “Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of 2017”; S.1359, the “John F. View Full Post
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EIA: Even As Renewables Increase, Fossil Fuels Continue to Dominate U.S. Energy Mix

By | Fracking Insider | July 7, 2017
“Fossil fuels have provided more than 80% of total U.S. energy consumption for more than 100 years. Since 1928, when consumption of natural gas surpassed that of biomass, the three fossil fuels—petroleum, natural gas, and coal—have been the most consumed fuels in the United States. View Full Post
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