Pennsylvania Proposes Methane Regulations beyond Federal Requirements

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Quality has proposed new and revised general permits, as well as revisions to an air quality permit exemption to reduce methane and other emissions at well sites and compressor stations associated with natural gas operations. The proposals come at a time when Congress is moving towards repealing a federal methane rule, drawing attention to state actions.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Pennsylvania Proposes Methane Regulations beyond Federal Requirements

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Quality has proposed new and revised general permits, as well as revisions to an air quality permit exemption to reduce methane and other emissions at well sites and compressor stations associated with natural gas operations. The proposals come at a time when Congress is moving towards repealing a federal methane rule, drawing attention to state actions.

Congress Repeals Multiple Environmental Regulations Invoking Congressional Review Act

The House has passed a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to repeal the Methane and Waste Prevention rule, following similar resolutions that allowed Congress to repeal the Stream Protection Rule and Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers. President Trump is expected to sign the resolutions and the White House has strongly supported repealing these regulations citing burdensome compliance requirements that adversely impact jobs and businesses.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Congress Repeals Multiple Environmental Regulations Invoking Congressional Review Act

The House has passed a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to repeal the Methane and Waste Prevention rule, following similar resolutions that allowed Congress to repeal the Stream Protection Rule and Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers. President Trump is expected to sign the resolutions and the White House has strongly supported repealing these regulations citing burdensome compliance requirements that adversely impact jobs and businesses.

President Trump’s Executive Action Revives Controversial Keystone XL Project

President Donald Trump has issued memoranda to advance the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines and an Executive Order to expedite environmental review for priority infrastructure. Several oil and gas projects that were delayed or rejected during the previous administration will likely be revisited. Grid modernization and transmission expansion will support large-scale wind which is particularly dependent on transmission infrastructure to connect with load centers.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – President Trump’s Executive Action Revives Controversial Keystone XL Project

President Donald Trump has issued memoranda to advance the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines and an Executive Order to expedite environmental review for priority infrastructure. Several oil and gas projects that were delayed or rejected during the previous administration will likely be revisited. Grid modernization and transmission expansion will support large-scale wind which is particularly dependent on transmission infrastructure to connect with load centers.

DOI Suggests Revising Royalty Rates in Federal Coal Program Review

The Department of the Interior has released a scoping report identifying potential reforms to the federal coal program including options to increase royalty rates and account for climate impact. Efforts to follow through the recommendations under the new administration are unlikely, given that both President-elect Trump and Zinke, Trump’s nominee for DOI Secretary, are inclined to further coal development.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – DOI Suggests Revising Royalty Rates in Federal Coal Program Review

The Department of the Interior has released a scoping report identifying potential reforms to the federal coal program including options to increase royalty rates and account for climate impact. Efforts to follow through the recommendations under the new administration are unlikely, given that both President-elect Trump and Zinke, Trump’s nominee for DOI Secretary, are inclined to further coal development.

Department of Interior Finalizes Pending Regulations amid Presidential Transition

The Department of the Interior (DOI) has announced the final Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, one of the last major climate mitigation efforts of the Obama Administration, the 2017-2022 Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing Plan, and final rules creating competitive leasing processes for renewable development on public lands. Multiple rules finalized in the last months of the administration face the risk of being rescinded or weakened under the incoming Trump administration.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Department of Interior Finalizes Pending Regulations amid Presidential Transition

The Department of the Interior (DOI) has announced the final Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, one of the last major climate mitigation efforts of the Obama Administration, the 2017-2022 Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing Plan, and final rules creating competitive leasing processes for renewable development on public lands. Multiple rules finalized in the last months of the administration face the risk of being rescinded or weakened under the incoming Trump administration.

SoCalGas Seeks Authorization to Resume Gas Injections at Aliso Canyon

Southern California Gas has requested regulatory approval to resume natural gas injections at the Aliso Canyon storage facility, nearly one year after a massive leak prompted regulators to ban injections into the underground storage field until the completion of a comprehensive review. The interagency task force, established in response to the incident, has issued recommendations for additional actions to reduce similar incidents in the nation’s 400 plus facilities. The PHMSA is set to issue the first federal standards for underground natural gas storage facilities incorporating the task force recommendations.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – SoCalGas Seeks Authorization to Resume Gas Injections at Aliso Canyon

Southern California Gas has requested regulatory approval to resume natural gas injections at the Aliso Canyon storage facility, nearly one year after a massive leak prompted regulators to ban injections into the underground storage field until the completion of a comprehensive review. The interagency task force, established in response to the incident, has issued recommendations for additional actions to reduce similar incidents in the nation’s 400 plus facilities. The PHMSA is set to issue the first federal standards for underground natural gas storage facilities incorporating the task force recommendations.