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  1. Trump reportedly to name McMorris Rodgers as Interior Secretary

    US President-elect Donald J. Trump reportedly plans to nominate Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), who is vice-chair of his transition team, as Secretary of the Interior. She first was elected to serve her eastern Washington district in 2004, sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee , and chairs the House Republican Conference. “The US is blessed with tremendous energy resources—including the greatest resource of all: the ingenuity of the free American mind,” she says on the Energy and Environment issues page at her congressional web site. “Instead of borrowing money from China to buy oil from Saudi Arabia, we should keep those energy dollars here in America for American jobs. “We need a bold, comprehensive energy plan for the 21st century, and the basic principle of that plan should be ‘more of everything,’ especially, more hydropower and more energy research,” McMorris Rodgers maintains. Early in her first term, as a House Natural Resources Committee member, she chaired a taskforce that proposed establishing a 180-day time limit for legal challenges to final federal agency decisions under the National Environmental Policy Act ( OGJ Online, Dec. 27, 2005 ). The group also recommended requiring litigants to demonstrate that the “best available information and science” was not involved in reaching the decision, and to be involved “throughout the process in order to have standing in an appeal.” During her time in the House, McMorris Rodgers has supported expanding access to federally administered onshore lands and offshore waters for oil and gas leasing and development. Environmental organizations responded negatively to news of Trump’s planning to name her Interior secretary. Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com .

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    Fri, 9 Dec 2016

  2. Canadian government approves two crude export projects, rejects third

    Canada’s federal government approved construction of two crude oil export pipelines on Nov. 29 while rejecting a third project. Kinder Morgan Canada’s Trans-Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP) from Alberta to Burnaby, BC, near Vancouver, and Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 replacement south into US markets ...

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    Wed, 30 Nov 2016

  3. Energy reform bill compromise stalled, House committee official says

    Prospects for a joint US House-Senate conference to send compromise energy-reform legislation to the White House before yearend are growing dim because so many significant disagreements have remained unresolved, a House Natural Resources Committee official said.

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    Wed, 30 Nov 2016

  4. CEQ releases final climate-change guidance for agencies’ NEPA reviews

    The US White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued its final guidance to federal agencies on how to consider climate-change impacts of their decisions during National Environmental Policy Act reviews. The US Chamber of Commerce and Center for LNG (CLNG) separately responded with ...

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    Wed, 3 Aug 2016

  1. Second day of 2016 TransForum East to highlight large transmission projects, post-election uncertainty

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    Wed, 19 Oct 2016

  2. Second day of TransForum East to highlight transmission projects, election uncertainty

    The event will be held on Nov. 15-16 at The Capital Hilton hotel

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    Wed, 19 Oct 2016

  3. Senators ask Obama to delay Dakota Access pipeline’s construction

    US Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Democrats Benjamin L. Cardin (Md.), Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Patrick J. Leahy (Vt.), and Edward J. Markey (Mass.) have asked US President Barack Obama to halt construction of the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline until affected Indian tribes are consulted and a ...

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    Fri, 14 Oct 2016

  4. First day of TransForum East to feature speakers from ISO-NE, PJM, PSE&G, others

    The event will be held on Nov. 15-16 at The Capital Hilton hotel

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    Wed, 19 Oct 2016

  5. US energy policy moves in ’70s weren’t complete mistakes, speakers say

    US government responses to two major crude-oil supply interruptions in the 1970s may appear to generally have created more problems than they solved, speakers at a Resources for the Future (RFF) forum said. But several also laid the framework for potentially more rational responses in a public ...

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    Thu, 6 Oct 2016

  6. Dakota Access construction temporarily blocked by DOJ, DOI

    The US Departments of Justice, Interior, and the Army jointly blocked construction of a portion of the proposed Dakota Access crude oil pipeline after a federal district judge rejected an Indian tribe’s request for a preliminary injunction.

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    Mon, 12 Sep 2016

  7. BOEM evaluates potential impacts of G&G surveys in the Gulf of Mexico

    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has completed a draft programmatic environmental impact statement that recommends measures to protect marine mammals and coastal environments in the Gulf of Mexico from the potential impacts of geological and geophysical surveys.

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    Thu, 29 Sep 2016

  8. Teamsters, unions question Dakota Access reconsideration

    The Obama administration’s decision to withdraw and reconsider permits it issued for the proposed Dakota Access crude oil pipeline raises serious questions about the future of building US systems and the livelihoods of the project’s construction workers, general presidents of the International ...

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    Tue, 4 Oct 2016

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