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State Attorneys General April 24 Update

Squire Patton Boggs’ State Attorneys General Practice Group is comprised of lawyers who have served at senior levels in state AG offices around the country and whose practices focus, to one degree or another, on representing clients before these increasingly assertive and powerful, yet often overlooked, government agencies, as explained in detail here. In these … Continue Reading

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

Possible WRDA and Energy Bills This Week

Legislative Activity Potential Energy Legislation After the House proposed a narrow version of the energy bill to the Senate, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) proposed a broader bill once again. After a meeting last week with House Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Chairman Murkowski appeared confident she will get a … Continue Reading

Senate Passes WRDA Bill With Funding for Flint; House To Consider WRDA This Week

Legislative Activity Senate Passes WRDA Bill with Funding for Flint Last week, the Senate passed its version of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) (S. 2848) by a vote of 95-3. The $10.6 billion bill would authorize projects to be carried out by the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to address navigation, flood protection and … 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

Future Movement For House Energy and Water Appropriations; Senate To Review OCS Oil and Gas Leasing; PHSMA Extends Comment Period on Pipeline Safety

Legislative Action Future of House Energy and Water Appropriations Bill The House Appropriations Committee favorably reported its $37.4 billion Energy and Water Appropriations bill on April 19 by voice vote. With the House having not yet adopted a budget resolution, the bill cannot be considered on the floor until mid-May. With the Senate having passed … Continue Reading

Floor Action for Senate Energy Bill? House to Consider Flint Crisis; Dept. of Energy Begins to Reshape U.S. Electricity Grid

Legislative Activity Senate leadership continues to work to encourage their colleagues to lift holds they have placed that have prevented further floor consideration of S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 and the Flint water funding package. While progress reportedly has been made to address Senator Mike Lee’s (R-UT) hold concerning spending for … Continue Reading

Senate to Vote on Comprehensive Energy Bill; House to Hold Hearing on Renewable Fuel Standard; Interior To Re-Open Its Climate Change Committee

Legislative Activity Comprehensive Energy Legislation We anticipate that the Senate will turn to S. 2012, the comprehensive energy bill that Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA) authored. Based on remarks by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell(R-KY) we anticipate an open amendment process. In the past, energy … Continue Reading

Before it Adjourns for the Year, Some in Congress Signal Discontentment with Iran and the JCPOA; Washington Also Remains Focused on Combatting ISIL; President Obama Heralds the Conclusion of an International Climate Agreement

Congress reconvened last Monday to work on advancing several priority measures – such as an Omnibus spending measure to fund the federal government, a tax extenders package, and the customs bill, among others – in anticipation of adjourning later this week for the year. San Bernardino Shooting The Federal Bureau of Investigation continues to investigate … Continue Reading

EPA Proposes Rule for Ozone Attainment Exceptions; House and Senate to Hold Hearings on Climate Change, Fisheries and Stream Protection Rule

Regulatory Activity Ozone The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a proposed rule to further consider cross-state air pollution and its potential impact on the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Comments are due January 19.  Legislative Activity Oil On Thursday, December 10, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a … Continue Reading

Congress Returns to Washington and Focuses on ISIL, Russia; President Obama Attends the Climate Conference in Paris

Combatting ISIL – Syria and Iraq Crises After Turkey downed a Russian fighter jet over its territory last Tuesday, President Barack Obama maintained Turkey had a right to defend its airspace.  He spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that day, expressing U.S. and NATO support for Turkey’s right to defend its sovereignty.  The two … Continue Reading

Iran Nuclear Deal Enters into Force, While Congress Scrutinizes Iran’s ICBM Test; 11th Round of TTIP Negotiations Commence This Week in Florida; President Obama and Senate Committee Focus on Climate Change Early This Week

Iran Nuclear Deal Enters into Force – Congress Scrutinizes Iran’s ICBM Test On Sunday, President Barack Obama issued a statement on the adoption day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between the P5+1 and Iran. The President said he had directed the heads of all relevant U.S. executive departments and agencies to begin … Continue Reading

A Final TPP Deal, Possibly Today? The Senate Is Scheduled to Consider the NDAA Compromise Bill on Tuesday, While Washington Continues to Scrutinize Russia’s Activities in Syria and Ukraine

TPP Update Extending into a fifth day on Sunday, TPP negotiators spent the weekend hashing out final compromises on biologics exclusivity, dairy market access, sensitive products, investor-state dispute settlement, and other last minute issues. The United States and Japan reportedly reached agreement in principle on automobile market access and rules-of-origin in talks that also included … Continue Reading

President Obama Heads to New York City to Attend the U.N. General Assembly, Will Meet with Russian President Putin; Congress to Focus on Cybersecurity, and the House May Consider the NDAA Conference Report

President Obama’s UNGA Schedule President Barack Obama is in New York City (NYC) attending the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) until Tuesday. He delivered remarks at the closing session of the Post-2015 Development Agenda after he arrived Sunday afternoon.  The President will address the UNGA this morning, where he is expected to review progress made over the last year … Continue Reading

House to Consider Future Fracking on Federal Lands; EPA Will Solicit Local Government Advice On Climate Change

Regulatory Activity Local Government Input for EPA EPA has announced its upcoming meeting of the Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) to be be held Thursday, July 30 and its meeting for the Small Communities Advisory Subcommittee, which will be held on Friday, July 31. According to the agency, the LGAC will discuss “issues pertaining to protecting … Continue Reading

Senate to Act on Trade Measures, including TPA; Secretary of Defense to Attend NATO Defense Ministerial Meeting This Week in Brussels, While Ceasefire Violations Continue in Eastern Ukraine

TPA Moves Separately, Senate Vote Sequencing Outlined After the House Rules Committee approved a vote on a standalone Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill – unlinking it from the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) bill that previously failed in a vote – the House passed the measure last Thursday by a vote of 218 to 208. This … Continue Reading

President to Release EPA’s FY 2016 Budget; Executive Order on Flooding; Congress Addresses Waters of the U.S. and Drinking Water Issues

Executive Activity Fiscal Year 2016 Budget for EPA On Monday, February 2, President Obama will announce his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget request to Congress to fund the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). We expect a significant focus in the proposed budget on climate change and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. There is some concern that these … Continue Reading

Congress Remains Focused on Iran, Ebola, and ISIL; President Obama Returns to Washington

Presidential Trip G-20 Summit. Over the weekend, President Barack Obama participated in the G-20 Leaders Summit in Brisbane, Australia. While the Summit agenda focused on the global economy, the global banking system and closing tax loopholes for multinational corporations, Western leaders also met and discussed the situation in Ukraine. On Sunday, the White House released a … Continue Reading

Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Pipelines, And Facilities On Federal Lands

Regulatory Activity Greenhouse Gas Data The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) intends to publish data it has collected from industry and related parties under the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program. The agency is seeking comment on its plan to publicly release information by aggregating in order to protect the confidentially of entities that provided information. Comments on … Continue Reading

EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule to be Released to Public; EPA Seeking Comment on Chemicals in Hydraulic Fracturing; USGS Submits Request to OMB

Regulatory Activity Greenhouse Gas Rule The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) anticipated Proposed Rule concerning greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for existing coal and natural gas fired power plants will be released to the public on Monday, June 2, at 10:30 am. To advance public awareness of the proposed rule, the President devoted his Saturday radio address … Continue Reading

Nominations for Exxon Valdez Public Advisory Committee & Gulf of Mexico Oil, Gas and Mineral Operations

Regulatory Activity Greenhouse Gas Emissions The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending the public comment period on its proposed Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New Stationary Sources for Electric Utility Generating Units until May 9. Lead and Copper EPA has announced public meetings of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council Lead and … Continue Reading

EPA To Propose New GHG Emissions Rule for Oil and Gas Facilities; Fracturing – New EPA Guidance, EPA Proposes New Farm Safety Rule

Regulatory Activity EPA To Propose New GHG Emissions Rule for Oil and Gas Facilities The EPA is proposing revisions to the greenhouse gas reporting rule for oil and gas facilities that will revise calculation methods, monitoring and data reporting requirements, terms and definitions including confidentiality determinations. Affected parties are likely to include: pipeline transportation of … Continue Reading

EPA Seeks Public Input on Climate Change, Releases Analysis of FY 2013 Enforcement Activities, and Set to Examine Retail Waste

Regulatory Activity EPA Seeks Public Input on Climate Change The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a request for comment on its draft report concerning the impacts of climate change to human health. The agency is seeking input from the public on “proposed plans for scoping, drafting, reviewing, producing, and disseminating the Interagency Special Report on the Impacts … Continue Reading
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