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  1. Oil and Gas News: North Dakota tribes seek review of pipelines under reservoir

      BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An oil-rich group of American Indian tribes in North Dakota has asked a federal appeals court to quickly decide whether a Texas company needed tribal permission to place a pair of pipelines 100 feet beneath a Missouri River reservoir. The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation asked the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' three-judge panel Wednesday to expedite their review of the Sacagawea pipeline because it "raises issues of unusual magnitude and urgency." The tribes say they own mineral rights under Lake Sakakawea and were not assured that the water would not be harmed by the pipeline. Officials with Paradigm Energy Partners LLC said in federal court earlier this month that the $125 million, 70-mile (113 km) oil pipeline is complete, and that it needs to complete the $16.6 million gas pipeline by Nov. 1 due to an agreement with a private landowner. Paradigm has said delays jeopardize the project and the future of the Irving, Texas-based company. Paradigm did not return telephone calls Thursday by The Associated Press. "Obviously, we want to see this decided as quickly as possible," said former North Dakota U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon, who is representing the tribes. The Sacagawea pipeline is the second such project being challenged by American Indians in North Dakota. About 150 miles (241 km) downstream on the Missouri River, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is protesting against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, which they say could disturb sacred sites and impact drinking water for 8,000 tribal members and millions further downstream. The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, also known as the Three Affiliated Tribes, requested the Sacagawea pipeline be halted last month. The project is named for American Indian guide Sacagawea, who joined explorers Merriweather Lewis and William Clark in what is now North Dakota, where her name commonly spelled Sakakawea. Lake Sakakawea is the largest of six Missouri River reservoirs. U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Hovland temporarily allowed construction to continue, saying the company was not required to get the tribe's permission and that it received proper permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to bore beneath the lake. About 20 percent of the more than 1 million barrels of oil produced daily in North Dakota comes from the Fort Berthold Reservation, occupied by the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. The tribes have a 12 percent stake in the oil pipeline, but no working interest in the gas pipeline. The tribes said the company offered up to $2 million in June to resolve certain issues — while drilling already had started beneath the lake. The tribes also have asked the company to, among other things, assure the more than 12,500 tribal members on the reservation that the pipelines are safe. That appeal came amid allegations by former construction workers this summer that the oil pipeline was not properly inspected before it placed beneath Lake Sakakawea. The company has denied that, saying the workers had been fired. The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is conducting an investigation, agency spokeswoman Artealia Gilliard said Thursday. "We are investigating these claims and are taking this very seriously," she said.

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    Fri, 23 Sep 2016

  2. Clean Power Plan to have its day in court

    The plan has seen legal and political resistance since the August 3, 2015, when it was first unveiled

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    Mon, 19 Sep 2016

  3. EPA Finalizes Updated CSAPR

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its updated Cross-State Air Pollution Rule set to be implemented in May 2017.

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    Thu, 8 Sep 2016

  4. EPA finalizes rules to limit upwind ozone emissions from power plants in 22 states

    The federal plans will be only for states which have not delivered approved state implementations

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    Thu, 8 Sep 2016

  1. Cape Wind Project Suffers July 5 Loss at Federal Appeals Court

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    Wed, 6 Jul 2016

  2. US Court upholds PEMEX platform claim

    The United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a judgment of more than $465 million for KBR subsidiary Commisa against PEMEX following a decade of litigation.

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    Wed, 3 Aug 2016

  3. Oil & Gas News: U.S. Appeals Court affirms RICO judgment against lawyer behind fraudulent Ecuador lawsuit

    The U.S. Court of Appeals has unanimously affirmed a lower court decision, which found that the $9.5 billion judgment against oil & gas giant, Chevron Corporation, in Ecuador was the product of fraud and racketeering activity, and unenforceable in the U.S.

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    Mon, 8 Aug 2016

  4. Arch Coal unit loses another round against EPA in court

    A divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled July 19 that EPA had properly used its “broad veto authority” under the Clean Water Act in connection with a coal mining case in West Virginia 

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    Wed, 20 Jul 2016

  5. Appeals Court Suspends Clean Power Plan Schedule - Temporarily

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on June 24 suspended the briefing schedule in the appeals by a number of parties, including the state of North Dakota and coal producer Murray Energy, of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s CO2-reducing Clean Power Plan.

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    Mon, 27 Jun 2016

  6. Coal News: Prosecutors defend conviction of ex-coal CEO on appeal

    Federal prosecutors say the only thing novel about ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship's conviction was that it targeted a major company's CEO, not low-ranking miners.

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    Tue, 16 Aug 2016

  7. Texas Interests Score Important Appeals Court Win on EPA Haze

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth District has handed the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Oklahoma, Luminant Generation and other parties a key victory against regional haze standards being implemented by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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    Wed, 20 Jul 2016

  8. Oil & Gas News: Feds, law professors say judge wrong to block fracking rules

    A federal judge in Wyoming was wrong to block rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal land, a group of law professors and lawyers for the federal government said in new court documents.

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    Fri, 19 Aug 2016

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