U.S. EPA Proposes to Repeal Obama-Era Methane Limits on Oil, Gas Industry

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Aug. 29 proposed to reverse regulations put into place in 2016 to limit the emissions of methane, a potent global warming pollutant, during oil and natural gas drilling operations. The move follows a sweeping executive order that President Trump issued in 2017 to undo the prior administration’s climate regulations…

Washington Regulators Unveil Plan to Fulfill Clean Energy Policy Agenda

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission established a work plan to carry out the requirements of energy legislation passed in the 2019 session, according to an Aug. 27 news release. Legislators passed a sweeping energy policy agenda, including a bill requiring the state’s electricity supply to be carbon-neutral by 2030 and carbon-free by 2045. The…

FERC Revives William’s Constitution Gas Pipeline Project, Rejecting New York’s Permit Denial

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Aug. 29 found that New York waived its water quality certification authority for Williams Co.’s Constitution Pipeline by failing to act within the one-year timeframe under the Clean Water Act. The decision reverses the agency’s 2018 order that upheld New York’s permit denial. The commission followed a recent ruling…