Tag Archives: WOTUS

President Trump Issues New Guidance Clarifying Energy Executive Order; EPA Moving on WOTUS and RFS

Executive Branch Activity New Guidance Clarifying Energy Executive Order Last week, just four days before federal agencies’ initial plans were due to OMB, the White House issued a memo updating with more specifics as to how President Trump expects agencies to carry out his previously issued energy executive order (Executive Order 13783, “Promoting Energy Independence and … Continue Reading

EPA Plans Rewrite of WOTUS; House Contemplates Nuclear Waste Policy

Regulatory Activity WOTUS Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicated its plans to solicit comments by June 19 as to how the agency should rewrite the “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule following President Trump’s February 28 executive order (EO) directing the agency to revise the contentious Obama Administration rule. Following the EO, EPA … Continue Reading

WOTUS Changes on Horizon; House Hearing on Water Infrastructure; Senate Hearing on Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act

Executive Action Waters of the US On Tuesday, February 28, President Donald Trump signed an executive order (EO) directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to revise or rescind the Obama Administration’s controversial “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule which defines the scope of the federal government’s regulatory … 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

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

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 Expected to Consider Energy-Water Appropriations Act on Floor, MilCon-VA Likely Next; House and Senate Appropriations Committees to Continue Markups

Legislative Activity Senate Expected to Consider Energy-Water Appropriations Act on Floor, MilCon-VA Likely Next The Senate is expected to consider the FY 2017 Energy and Water Development (Energy-Water) Appropriations Act on the floor this week (full text available here), and will likely move on to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon-VA) Appropriations Act next. … 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

WOTUS Rule Issued; Congress to Hold Hearings on Energy Efficiency, Ozone and Drought

Regulatory Activity Waters of the U.S. Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers announced the issuance of their final rule defining “Waters of the U.S.” However, according to the EPA, the rule could take up two weeks to be published in the Federal Register. Once published, the rule will … Continue Reading

DOE Considers More Offshore Wind; Congress to Address Pipelines, WOTUS and Sportsman Recreational Enhancement Act

Regulatory Activity Offshore Wind The Department of Energy has released a request for information (RFI) to better understand challenges facing the offshore wind industry. Responses are due June 22. Legislative Activity Pipelines on Federal Lands On Wednesday, May 20, the House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, will hold a hearing to … Continue Reading

EPA Enters Next Phase on WOTUS; House to Review US Pledge to UN on Climate Change and U.S. Offshore Energy Plan; Senate To Review Land and Water Conservation Fund

Regulatory Activity Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Following the regulatory process, on Friday, April 3, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent its proposed rule concerning the “Definition of the Waters of the U.S” to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for interagency review.  At that time, EPA also released a statement about the proposed … Continue Reading
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