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The Lesser Prairie-Chicken Saga, 2.0

The indirect effects of actions defined by ESA that would apply to oil and gas, and renewable energy projects creating a more complex, costly and time-consuming permitting process. These industries will need to initiate and implement greater effort into the siting and execution of their projects. ... Continue Reading

2021 BOEM Gulf of Mexico Emission Inventory

For calendar year 2021 the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will require reporting of air emissions from oil and gas operations in the Central and Western Gulf of Mexico. On June 5, 2020, BOEM published Notice to Lessees (NTL) 2020-N03 regarding the 2021 OCS Emissions Inventory for the Western Gulf of Mexico and Adjacent to the North Slope Borough of the State of Alaska. ... Continue Reading

BOEM Final Air Rules Scale Back Burdensome Proposed Rules from 2016

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) published a final rule amending the air quality rules for the federal waters of the Central and Western Gulf of Mexico (GOM). These rules finalized the proposed air quality rule published on April 5, 2016. The final rules are minor modifications to the existing rules but are significant because the final rules will facilitate timely approvals of BOEM projects while ensuring compliance with the Clean Air Act and protection of the environment. ... Continue Reading

NWP-12 Suspension

On April 15, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana vacated the NWP 12 issued to TC Energy for the Keystone XL Pipeline. The ruling remanded the NWP 12 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) because the Court found that the Corps failed to conduct Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for NWP 12 prior to reissuing the NWPs in 2017. How might this affect your compliance efforts for linear projects? ... Continue Reading

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