FOSSIL FUELS

BLM Releases Draft Environmental Review of First Proposed NPR-A Drilling Project

BLM has released a draft environmental analysis of the first proposed commercial oil production project in the Alaska National Petroleum Reserve. On February 21, 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published a notice seeking public input on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the proposed Greater Mooses Tooth Unit 1 (GMT1),…...

Critical Minerals Legislation Addresses Domestic Rare Earth Production Constraints

On January 28, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing to receive testimony on S. 1600, the Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2013. This Act that would enable domestic production of critical minerals necessary in the manufacturing of many clean energy technologies. Overview Critical minerals play and important role in…...

Nebraska Court Invalidates Keystone XL Approval

A Nebraska District Court declared that a 2012 law which authorized Nebraska Governor Heineman to approve the proposed Keystone XL route is unconstitutional. On February 19, 2014, the Lancaster County District Court struck down Legislative Bill (LB) 1161, the 2012 legislation which authorized Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman to approve the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route…...

Heavy-Duty Vehicle Program Extended Beyond Model Year 2018

President Obama has directed EPA and DOT to develop fuel efficiency and emissions standards for medium- and heavy duty vehicles beyond model year 2018. On February 18, 2014, President Barack Obama directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to develop the next phase of…...

President Obama proposes $1B Climate Resilience Fund

President Obama’s 2015 Budget proposal will include a $1B Climate Resilience Fund to enhance climate change preparedness and infrastructure resilience. During a meeting with farmers and ranchers in drought-affected California on February 14, 2014, President Barack Obama announced a $1B Climate Resilience Fund to support climate impact actions.  The Fund will be included in the…...

Energy Department Grants Sixth LNG Export License

The U.S. Department of Energy continues LNG export terminal approvals with the sixth going to Sempra Energy. On February 11, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) conditionally granted the sixth conditional licence to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to non-free-trade agreement (non-FTA) countries. The license was granted to Sempra Energy, who looks to export LNG from its…...

2013 EPA Enforcements Yield $5.6B

EPA’s 2013 enforcement results show violators paid more than $5.6B in fines, civil penalties, restitution, and environmental projects. On February 7, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its FY 2013 enforcement and compliance report detailing results of EPA civil and criminal enforcement programs and estimated environmental benefits.  The results highlight that violators paid more…...

State Department Releases Final Keystone XL Pipeline Environmental Review

The State Department’s final Keystone XL assessment report indicates the pipeline is unlikely to have significant environmental impact. On January 31, 2014, the U.S. State Department released the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, finding that the pipeline is unlikely to have significant effect on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions…....