Tag Archives: BLM

President Trump Requests 2018 Budgets Slashed for EPA, Energy, Interior and Water; Upcoming Executive Orders for Oil and Gas

Executive Branch Activity  EPA, DOE, Interior, and Water 2018 Budgets Cut in President Trump’s Request to Congress EPA:  President Donald Trump’s FY 2018 budget request, which was released last week, included a significant 31.4 percent decrease for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), from the current funding level of $8.2 billion to $5.7 billion. This represents the … Continue Reading

Resolution Repealing BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule Sent to the President; Vote on Rescinding Methane Rule Put on Hold

Legislative Activity Resolution Repealing BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule Sent to the President Last week, the Senate passed H. J. Res 44, using the Congressional Review Act (CRA), to rescind the Bureau of Land Management’s Resource Management Planning rule, known as the BLM Planning 2.0 Rule, by a vote of 51-48. The House passed the resolution … Continue Reading

What to Expect from The New Congress and Administration; Congress Weighs In On WOTUS, Contemplates Federal Lands

Legislative Activity New Congress As a result of the November 8 elections, we will have a new Administration and Congress taking office on January 20, 2017. For a comprehensive view of what to expect for the energy, environment and natural resources community, click here for our 2016 Post-Election Analysis. WOTUS Also on Tuesday, November 8, … Continue Reading

Senate To Possibly Advance Energy Bill; House To Examine Development Opportunities For The Mancos; Interior Moves Forward With Ocean Planning; EPA Tackles Haze

Legislative Action Comprehensive Energy Bill While leadership continues its discussion, it is possible that the Senate may consider a vote to proceed to conference on the comprehensive House and Senate Energy bills before July 15. Should a vote for conference succeed, Senate conferees would need to be selected and conference would not begin until after … Continue Reading

Congress Finally Moving on Flint Funding; House Contemplates Future of Fossil Fuels and Public Lands; EPA Proposes Clean Air Visibility Rule

Legislative Action Flint and Water Infrastructure Funding In our continued tracking of the package of federal funding for Flint’s water crisis,the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee recently favorably reported its Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which authorizes $220 million in funding in a combination of grants and loans for both Flint and for drinking water … Continue Reading

Prospects for Energy Bill Before Summer Recess; House to Scrutinize Methane Emissions; Senate Hears Challenges for Oil and Gas; EPA Looking At Fuel and NAAQs

Legislative Action Senate Energy Policy Modernization Act Last week the Senate voted to pass S. 2012 the Energy Modernization Act of 2016 with a strong, almost unheard of bi-partisan vote of 85-12, including numerous amendments impacting a majority of the United States. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has since been … Continue Reading

Senate Energy Bill Still To Clear Hurdles Before Floor Action; Renewables in FAA Reauthorization; Methane on the March

Legislative Action Senate Energy Policy Modernization Act As a result of continued opposition to the Flint water funding package and an off-shore oil revenue amendment, the Senate continues to remain in a holding pattern on floor action for S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016.  Renewables in FAA Reauthorization The Senate prepares for … Continue Reading

Senate Return To Energy Bill? House to Examine Energy and Environment FY’ 17 Budget Requests; BLM Proposes Rule for Oil and Gas Industry on Federal Lands

Legislative Activity This week, the Senate could return to floor consideration of S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016. Last week there was progress made toward hotlining a procedural proposal to separate consideration for a potential agreement on Flint, MI water funding and the Energy bill in order to vote on the two items … Continue Reading

Deepwater Restoration Projects Slated for Gulf; New GHG Rule Proposed for Trucks, Transit and School Buses; House To Consider Improved Permitting Process

Regulatory Activity Deepwater Horizon Spill Restoration The Department of the Interior’s draft Phase IV Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessments regarding the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill currently proposes 10 early restoration projects. The Department is extending the public comment period on its draft until July 6. Greenhouse Gas On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of … Continue Reading

EPA To Hold Public Hearings On Clean Power Plan; Environmental Projects on US/Mexico Border; Wind Sale Off Coast of New Jersey

Regulatory Activity EPA to Hold Public Hearings on Clean Power Plan This week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold public hearings in Washington D.C., Atlanta, Denver and Pittsburgh to receive comments on its proposed Clean Power Plan. EPA’s Clean Power Plan intends to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants to 30 percent below … Continue Reading

EPA Has Approved Four New Testing Methods That Are Allowed For Measuring Ozone And Related Pollutants

Regulatory Activity EPA Approves New Measurements for Ozone In significant news for entities attempting to maintain or attain the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQSs), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced it has approved four new testing methods that are now allowed for measuring ozone and related pollutants in determining compliance. The alternative tests can … Continue Reading

Senate Energy And Natural Resources Committee Will Hold Hearing To Evaluate President Obama’s Nominations For Key Environmental Positions

Legislative Activity Senate to Consider Environmental Nominations On Tuesday, May 13, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a full committee hearing to evaluate President Obama’s nominations for key environmental positions. Dr. Monica Regalbuto is being nominated for Assistant Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE) to oversee the department’s Office of Environmental … Continue Reading

EPA Issues Proposed Rule Concerning Ozone

Regulatory Activity Ozone A court order issued last week instructs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue its proposed rule concerning ozone by December 1, 2014, and a final rule by October 1, 2015. This action would finalize the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) that are expected to significantly impact cities, counties, transportation systems … Continue Reading
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