Energy

Oil-and-gas industry prepares legal challenges to Biden

by Brian Dabbs
National Journal

“Flat-out, the president does not have the authority to just ban leasing and development on federal lands. So if President-elect Biden goes that route, we would be in court within hours or days,” said Kathleen Sgamma, president of the Western Energy Alliance, which represents oil and gas producers.  “We would get a preliminary injunction and we would ultimately win,” she said. “It’s that clear-cut,”  according to The National Journal.

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EPA Raises Legal Questions About California’s Plan to Ban New Gas-Powered Cars Starting in 2035

by Andrew Restuccia
The Wall Street Journal

EPA director Andrew Wheeler challenged California Governor Gavin Newsom’s mandate for only electric cars to be sold in the state by 2035 as being impossible in view of the state’s shortage of electrical power and grid inadequacies.  He also said the mandate is illegal in light of the state’s lack of authority to set such standards.

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Major drilling projects among dozens fast-tracked after Trump order

By Rebecca Beitsch and Rachel Frazin
The Hill

“Oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA) are just a few of the 21 fossil fuel and mining projects the Interior Department has forwarded with reduced environmental scrutiny due to the June order,” according to The Hill.

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