Tag Archives: EPA

Possible Secretary Confirmation Hearing for Interior; Potential Energy Legislation in the 115th; DOE Releases its QER

Legislative Activity Cabinet Secretary Selections and Confirmation Hearings (Energy, Interior and EPA) President-Elect Trump has selected former Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry as his nominee to lead the Department of Energy; current Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT) for Secretary of the Department of Interior; and Oklahoma Attorney General, Scott Pruitt, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection … Continue Reading

State Attorneys General January 2 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

State Attorneys General December 12 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

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

House to Take Up WRDA; House and Senate Conference Continues on Energy Bill

Legislative Activity WRDA The House is expected this week to take up H.R. 5303, the “Water Resources Development Act of 2016” (WRDA). The Senate recently passed its version of the bill, S. 2848, on September 15. Unlike the Senate, the House legislation does not include funding for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure or for emergency … 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

Senate Needs to Act on Energy; House Reviews Stay of Clean Power Plan; Prospects for Offshore Oil and Gas

Legislative Action Comprehensive Energy Legislation To begin the process of reconciling the House and Senate energy bills, the House has voted to go to conference and has appointed its conferees, which will include 24 Republicans and 16 Democrats. However, the Senate has yet to do the same. Work continues in the Senate to clear potential … Continue Reading

Possible Conferees for Energy Bill; House to Vote on Energy and Water Appropriations; Senate To Examine WOTUS; House to Review Clean Power Plan

Legislative Action Energy Bill Last week, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee released a 50-page section-by-section of the recently passed S. 2012 Energy Modernization Policy Act of 2016. Looking forward to a potential conference of the Senate and House energy bills, Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee recently … 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 To Consider Amendments to Energy Bill; House To Examine Flint Water and COP 21; EPA Proposes New Oil and Gas Regulations

Legislative Activity Comprehensive Energy Legislation This week the Senate will continue its floor debate of 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. Under the open amendment process 130 amendments were filed.  While some of the non-controversial amendments were accepted last … Continue Reading

Senate to Move Comprehensive Energy Legislation; Puerto Rico’s Energy Issues; Offshore Wind

Legislative Activity Comprehensive Energy Legislation Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) is likely to seek floor time for her comprehensive energy bill, S. 2012, by the end of this month or early February. This Week’s Hearings: Puerto Rico On Tuesday January 12, the House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and … 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

House To Potentially Forever Alter Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF); EPA Issues Latest NAAQS Draft

Regulatory Activity EPA Continues to Review Air Quality The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the availability of its draft plan for the agency’s review of secondary national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for oxides of nitrogen and oxides of sulfur (NOX/SOX). For information on accessing the draft, click here. Comments are due December 30. … Continue Reading

US and Europe To Discuss Energy Security; House to Consider Mining, Oil and Gas Issues

Legislative Activity US/Europe Energy Relations On Thursday, November 5, the U.S. House of Representatives and the European Parliament will jointly discuss energy security issues. The House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold an “Energy Security Roundtable” with European members of the Transatlantic Legislators’ Dialogue. The event will be co-chaired by … Continue Reading

Obama’s Clean Power Plan Finalized; Senate to Consider Stream Protection Rule

Regulatory Activity Clean Power Plan Last week, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) finally published in the Federal Register the final Clean Power Plan. This regulatory action is one of the keystones of the Obama Administration climate change initiative, which it sees as an important part of the President’s legacy. With this announcement, the EPA is … Continue Reading

Senate to Consider Nominations for Departments of Energy and Interior; New Proposed Rule Regarding Oil and Gas Removed From Federal Lands

Regulatory Activity Oil and Gas The Department of the Interior has issued a Proposed Rule to establish “minimum standards for accurate measurement and proper reporting of all gas removed or sold from Federal and Indian leases.” The proposal excludes the Osage Tribe. Comments are due December 14. Legislative Activity This Week’s Hearings: On Tuesday, October … Continue Reading

House To Move Comprehensive Energy and Crude Oil Exports; Oversight of Animas and Gulf of Mexico; EPA and Interior to Extend Deadlines on GHG and Oil and Gas

Legislative Activity House “Comprehensive” Energy Bill and Crude Oil Export Legislation The leadership of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce is expected to put forth a new version of its comprehensive energy bill this week on Tuesday, and will likely hold a full committee markup of the legislation on Thursday. In addition, the Committee … Continue Reading

House to Consider Carbon Costs; EPA and DOT Propose New Rules To Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Vehicles

Regulatory Activity Proposed Rules for Vehicles to Control GHG The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation have announced proposed rules to create a “comprehensive Phase 2 Heavy-Duty National Program” intended to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fuel consumption for new on-road heavy-duty vehicles. The program focuses on phasing in new technology … 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 Consider Pilot Projects on Federal Lands; EPA to Regulate GHG from Airplanes; Openings Announced for Drinking Water Council

Regulatory Activity Greenhouse Gases from Aircraft The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has announced its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking upon the release of its “Proposed Finding That Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Aircraft Cause or Contribute to Air Pollution That May Reasonably Be Anticipated To Endanger Public Health and Welfare.” EPA will hold a public hearing … 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 Speaks Out on Hydraulic Fracturing, New Ozone-Measuring Methods and Renewable Fuels; Senate To Consider Comprehensive Energy Bill and Water Issues

Regulatory Activity Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Last week, pursuant to a request by Congress in 2010, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft report on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing activities on drinking water resources in the United States. The activities covered in the assessment include:  water acquisition, chemical mixing, well … Continue Reading
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