Vol. 6, No. 26
Topics discussed in this week’s Report include:
- EPA Inspector General to review methane emission estimates from the oil and gas sector.
- Texas: Researchers concluded road damage among most significant effects of hydraulic fracturing.
- Pennsylvania: Supreme Court limited state spending of oil and gas proceeds.
- Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed decision requiring evaluation of environmental effects of proposed oil and gas wells.
Yesterday, EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began the formal process of repealing and replacing the Obama administration’s Clean Water Rule (“Rule”). Promulgated in 2015, the controversial Rule had broadly defined the term “waters of the United States,” which establishes the limits of jurisdiction under the federal Clean Water Act. In February of this year, President Trump signed an Executive Order that directed EPA and the Corps to review the 2015 Rule and issue a proposed rule rescinding or revising the Rule as appropriate and consistent with law. (more…)