Friday, September 11, 2020

Shale Law Weekly Review - September 11, 2020

Written by: 
Jackie Schweichler – Staff Attorney
Sarah Straub – Research Assistant 

The following information is an update of recent local, state, national and international legal developments relevant to shale gas.

Pipelines: Mountain Valley Pipeline Requests Extension of Time to Complete Pipeline 
On August 25, 2020, Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC submitted an application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for an extension of time to complete the Mountain Valley Pipeline Project.  FERC published notice of the application in the Federal Register at 85 FR 54553 on September 2, 2020.  Mountain Valley cited various lawsuits and permitting issues as reasons for the delay in the project’s progress.  Mountain Valley has requested that FERC extend the deadline for the project’s completion from October 13, 2020, until October 13, 2022. 

Pipelines: Petition for Preliminary Injunction to Halt Permian Highway Pipeline Denied
On August 28, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas issued an order denying Sierra Club’s Petition for Preliminary Injunction that sought to enjoin construction at various points on the Permian Highway Pipeline.  Sierra Club alleged in its complaint that construction of the Permian Highway Pipeline had been approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Endangered Species Act.  The court denied the petition finding that Sierra Club failed to show that it faced immediate and irreparable harm, but noted that it had “come close” because of the amount of evidence it produced showing environmental harm. 

Pipelines: North Dakota Public Service Commission Approves Two Pipeline Projects
On August 26, 2020, the North Dakota Public Service Commission approved two separate pipeline projects.  The Commission approved OE2 North, LLC’s construction application for two new pipelines in Williams County, ND (PU-20-247).  One pipeline, spanning 1.28 miles, will transport LNG from the Bill Sanderson Gas Plant to a connection point with a ONEOK pipeline.  The other pipeline will transport residue gas along its 4.67-mile route.  The Commission also approved Dakota Prairie Refining, LLC’s application to convert its existing pipelines from transporting crude oil to liquid soy products and renewable diesel fuel (PU-20-263). 

Pipelines: Columbia Gas of Ohio, Inc. Issued Certificate for Marysville Connector Pipeline Project
On August 27, 2020, the Ohio Power Siting Board issued an Order & Opinion stating that Columbia Gas of Ohio, Inc. will be granted a certificate to construct, operate, and maintain the Marysville Connector Pipeline in Union County, Ohio.  Columbia submitted its application on December 20, 2019 for the certificate to construct the natural gas line spanning 4.78 miles and providing natural gas to new industrial and residential customers, in addition to existing customers.  Construction on the pipeline is expected to begin late next year and should begin providing service to customers by 2022.  The Marysville Connector Pipeline is designed to connect to the Columbus Northern Loop, whose application is pending before the Ohio Power Siting Board. 

From the National Oil & Gas Law Experts: 
Charles Sartain & Rusty Tucker, Lignite Lease Prevails Over Pipeline Easement (September 2, 2020). 
John McFarland, Corpus Christi Court of Appeals Opines on Post-Production Costs (September 3, 2020). 
Christine Weniger, What Could New York State’s Proposed Environmental Rights Amendment Achieve? (September 1, 2020)

AGENCY PRESS RELEASES—STATE/FEDERAL

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Press Releases:
Wolf Administration Announces $25 Million for Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation and Economic Development Projects (September 2, 2020)
Wolf Administration Announces $2 Million for COVID PEDA Restart Grants (August 31, 2020)

U.S. Department of Energy Press Releases: 
Department of Energy Invests $72 Million in Carbon Capture Technologies (September 1, 2020)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Press Releases: 
In Cheyenne, EPA Announces Wyoming’s Primacy for Class VI Underground Injection Control Program, Highlights Final Power Plant Effluent Limitation Guidelines Rule (September 4, 2020)

STATE ACTIONS—EXECUTIVE/LEGISLATIVE

HB 247 “An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in development, further providing for well permits.” Removed from table (September 1, 2020) (House) 
SB 950 “An Act authorizing the Department of Environmental Protection to conduct a public comment process on and submit to the General Assembly a measure or action intended to abate, control or limit carbon dioxide emissions by imposing a revenue-generating tax or fee on carbon dioxide emissions.” First consideration (September 3, 2020) (Senate)
HB 2025 “An Act authorizing the Department of Environmental Protection to conduct a public comment process on and submit to the General Assembly a measure or action intended to abate, control or limit carbon dioxide emissions by imposing a revenue-generating tax or fee on carbon dioxide emissions.” First consideration (September 3, 2020) (House) 

House Environmental Resources and Energy
Informational meeting on September 16, 2020 in Room 60 of the East Wing on recycling efforts in Pennsylvania as they apply to solar panels and HB 2197.

FEDERAL ACTIONS—EXECUTIVE/LEGISLATIVE

Federal Executive Agencies—Actions and Notices: 
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 
85 FR 55277 “National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation; Notice of Request for Extension of Time” Notice (September 4, 2020) Comment period open for 15 days
85 FR 54553 “Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC; Notice of Request for Extension of Time” Notice (September 2, 2020)
85 FR 54373 “Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed VR-22 to Shore Abandonment Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues” Notice (September 1, 2020) To ensure timely submission, submit comments by September 25, 2020. 
85 FR 54371 “Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C.; Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review of the East 300 Upgrade Project” Notice (September 1, 2020)
85 FR 53807 “Golden Pass LNG Terminal LLC; Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review of The Golden Pass Amendment Project” Notice (August 31, 2020)
Energy Department
85 FR 54363 “Secretary Of Energy Advisory Board” Notice of Renewal (September 1, 2020)
Forest Service
85 FR 54311 “Oil and Gas Resources” Proposed Rule (September 1, 2020) Comments must be received by November 2, 2020. 
Safety and Environmental Enforcement Bureau
85 FR 55029 “Agency Information Collection Activities; Pipelines and Pipeline Rights-of-Way (ROW)” Notice of information collection; request for comment (September 3, 2020) Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before November 2, 2020.
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior
85 FR 55021 “Energy and Mineral Development Program (EMDP); Solicitation of Proposals” Notice (September 3, 2020) Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time on December 2, 2020. 
HR 8175 “To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose a tax on fossil fuels and to use the revenues for economic benefit” Referred to Committee on Energy and Commerce (September 4, 2020)

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Companies Work to Curb Oil, Gas Methane Emissions” Houston Chronicle
Army Corp Of Engineers Defends Dakota Access Permitting” Oil & Gas Journal 
Fifteen Attorneys General Ask Court To Find LNG Rail Regulations Unlawful” Oil & Gas Journal 
Major Drilling Projects Among Dozens Fast-tracked After Trump Order” The Hill
Pa. Natural Gas Production Increases 2.8% in Q2” Shale Gas Reporter 

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Shale Law Weekly Review - September 1, 2020

Written by: 
Sarah Straub – Research Assistant 
Jackie Schweichler – Staff Attorney

The following information is an update of recent local, state, national and international legal developments relevant to shale gas.

Wildlife Habitat: Federal Judge Modifies Order Vacating Leases Pending Appeal
On August 25, 2020, the U.S. District Court in Montana entered an order staying vacatur of hundreds of oil and gas leases in sage grouse territory in favor of suspending operations and production under the leases pending appeal to the Ninth Circuit.  The lawsuit, Montana Wildlife Federation v. Zinke, et al, challenges the federal government’s oil and gas leasing practices on public lands which are alleged to be destructive to the natural habitat of the sage grouse (4:18-cv-00069).  The stay of operations and production ordered by Chief District Judge Brian Morris will maintain the status quo, protecting the parties’ interests and preventing any harm which may occur, until the Ninth Circuit resolves the issues on appeal. 

National Energy Policy: North Carolina Brings Lawsuit Challenging Federal Decision to Allow Seismic Testing for Oil and Gas
On August 26, 2020, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein brought a lawsuit in federal court challenging the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) decision to overrule the state’s objections to the allowance of seismic testing to be conducted on North Carolina’s coast. (North Carolina v. Wilbur Ross, et al., No. 2:20-CV-00059).  In its complaint, North Carolina alleged that the exploration for oil and gas through seismic testing is not compatible with the state’s coastal management plan created under the Coastal Zone Management Act, that it was improper under the Administrative Procedure Act to overrule the state’s objection to the exploration, and that the exploration poses significant threats to the aquatic life found off the shores of North Carolina.  Attorney General Stein has asked the Eastern District of North Carolina to have the NOAA decision overruling North Carolina’s objections set aside, preventing the proposed exploration process from proceeding. 

From the National Oil & Gas Law Experts: 
Brigit Rollins, Jumping the Gun? Government Says NEPA Challenges Are Premature (August 27, 2020)
Charles Saratain & Rusty Tucker, Company Man Wins MSA Dispute (August 26, 2020)
Scott Daniel Johnson, FERC Clarifies New Requirements for Certain Filings (August 26, 2020)

AGENCY PRESS RELEASES—STATE/FEDERAL

Pennsylvania Department of Energy Press Releases:
DEP Provides $5.1 Million in Volkswagen Settlement Funding to Cleaner Fuel Transportation Projects for Healthier Air Quality (August 27, 2020)

U.S. Department of Energy
Department of Energy Announces $33 Million in Funding for Carbon Neutral Hybrid Electric Aviation (August 26, 2020)
U.S. Department of Energy Issues Small Business Research and Development Funding Opportunity Announcement (August 24, 2020)

STATE ACTIONS—EXECUTIVE/LEGISLATIVE

Senate Environmental Resources and Energy
Public Hearing to discuss a proposed rulemaking: Water Quality Standards for Manganese and Implementation (#7-553) on September 9, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. The hearing will be livestreamed from the Senate Chamber. 

FEDERAL ACTIONS—EXECUTIVE/LEGISLATIVE

Federal Executive Agencies—Actions and Notices: 
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
85 FR 5217 “Agency Information Collection Activities; Oil-Spill Response Requirements for Facilities Located Seaward of the Coastline” Notice of information collection; request for comment (August 24, 2020) Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before October 23, 2020.
85 FR 52146 “Agency Information Collection Activities; Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf for Minerals Other than Oil, Gas, and Sulphur” Notice of information collection; request for comment (August 24, 2020) Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before October 23, 2020.
85 FR 52148 “Agency Information Collection Activities; Relief or Reduction in Royalty Rates” Notice of information collection; request for comment (August 24, 2020) Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before October 23, 2020.
85 FR 52144 “Agency Information Collection Activities; Well Control and Production Safety Training” Notice of Information Collection; request for comment (August 24, 2020) Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before October 23, 2020. 
Energy Department
85 FR 52237 “Extending Natural Gas Export Authorizations to Non-Free Trade Agreement Countries Through the Year 2050” Notice of final policy statement and response to comments (August 25, 2020).
85 FR 52109 “Notice of Request for Information (RFI) on FY 2021 Bioenergy Technologies Office Multi-Topics” Request for information (August 24, 2020) Responses to the RFI must be received by September 21, 2020.
Environmental Protection Agency
85 FR 53179 “New Mexico: Final Approval of State Underground Storage Tank Program Revisions and Incorporation by Reference” Direct final rule (August 28, 2020). 
85 FR 53363 “Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; The National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan Regulation, Subpart J (Renewal)” Notice (August 28, 2020). 
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
85 FR 53355 “Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, LLC, Southern Natural Gas Company, LLC; Notice of Availability of the Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Evangeline Pass Expansion Project” Notice (August 28, 2020)

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Gas and Nuclear Industries Fight to The End For 'Green' EU Investment Label” Reuters
Thousands Allowed to Bypass Environmental Rules in Pandemic” AP
Where U.S. Fossil Fuel Companies are Shedding Jobs” Axios
An Oil Giant’s Wall Street Fall: The World is Sending the Industry Signals, but is Exxon Listening?” Inside Climate News 
Mountain Valley Asks FERC For More Time To Complete Pipeline” The Roanoke Times 
US Rig Count Increases For First Time In Months” Shale Gas Reporter

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Shale Law Weekly Review - August 25, 2020

Written by: 
Sarah Straub – Research Assistant 
Jackie Schweichler – Staff Attorney

The following information is an update of recent local, state, national and international legal developments relevant to shale gas.

LNG Infrastructure: Fourteen States Petition Court to Review Agency Rule Allowing LNG To Be Transported by Rail
On August 18, 2020, fourteen states petitioned the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to review the final rule issued by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHSMA), Department of Transportation.  The final rule allows for liquefied natural gas (LNG) to be transported by rail tank car and is scheduled to take effect on August 24, 2020.  The states allege that the final rule is unlawful under the Administrative Procedure Act, the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act; and they ask the court to vacate the rule.  By letter dated January 13, 2020, many of the states that filed the lawsuit wrote to the Deputy Administrator for PHSMA objecting to the final rule.  The states argue that the rule creates potential for an increased risk of catastrophic accidents and the rule does not take into account potential environmental and climate impacts of transporting LNG by rail. 

Methane Emissions: EPA Issues Two Final Rules Amending New Source Performance Standards for Oil and Gas Industry
On August 13, 2020, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced two final rules which amend New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for the oil and gas industry.  As stated in a fact sheet issued by EPA, the new rules are meant to benefit small oil and gas producers and should save the industry $100 million a year for the next nine years.  The first rule titled, Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources Review, rescinds NSPS methane requirements applicable to transmission, storage, production, and processing.  The first rule also establishes policy for Section III of the Clean Air Act whenever EPA promulgates NSPS for air pollutants.  EPA must find that the pollutant is a source of dangerous air pollution prior to creating new NSPS.  The second rule titled, Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources Reconsideration, includes amendments relating to fugitive emissions requirements, well site pneumatic pump standards, certification of closed vent systems, and use of an alternative means of emission limitation. (rule summary). 

Pipelines: District Court Denies Motion to Dismiss North Dakota’s Lawsuit for Pipeline Reimbursement 
On August 19, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota issued an order partially denying a motion from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to dismiss a lawsuit brought by North Dakota for damages relating to pipeline protests.  North Dakota brought suit alleging that the Corps enabled protestors and had a duty to prevent harm to persons and private property during the demonstrations against the Dakota Access Pipeline.  North Dakota is asking for $38 million in damages.  The court dismissed North Dakota’s Good Samaritan negligence claim, but will allow the state’s claims for public nuisance, negligence, gross negligence, and civil trespass to move forward. 

From the National Oil & Gas Law Experts: 
Charles Sartain, Industry Custom Determines Who Pays for a Well Emergency (August 20, 2020)
J. Porter Wiseman, Senate Energy Natural Resources Committee Examines Cyberattack Readiness of the US Bulk-Power System (August 18, 2020)
John McFarland, The Global Energy Mix (August 18, 2020)

AGENCY PRESS RELEASES—STATE/FEDERAL

Pennsylvania Department of Energy Press Releases:
DEP Reaches Agreement with CNX to Address 2019 Well Control Incident at Shaw Well (August 20, 2020)
DEP Assesses $355,000 Penalty to Sunoco for 2018, 2019 Mariner East 2 Violations (August 20, 2020)
Wolf Administration: Report Shows Clean Energy Is a Leading Creator of Quality Jobs in Pennsylvania, Supports Development of Job Investment Strategies to Benefit Workers, Economy, and Environment (August 17, 2020)
DEP Local Climate Action Program Helps Community Leaders Address Climate Change in 139 Municipalities (August 17, 2020)

U.S. Department of Energy
Department of Energy to Provide $21 Million for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Research on Fusion Energy (August 19, 2020)
Department of Energy Awards $13.5 Million for Direct Air Capture Research (August 18, 2020)
Department of Energy Announces $37 Million for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at DOE Scientific User Facilities (August 17, 2020)

STATE ACTIONS—EXECUTIVE/LEGISLATIVE

Pennsylvania Legislature:
HB 2797 “An Act amending the act of April 9, 1929 (P.L.343, No.176), known as The Fiscal Code, in general budget implementation, repealing provisions relating to Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee; and making a related repeal.” Referred to Environmental Resources and Energy (August 18, 2020) (House) 

House Environmental Resources and Energy 
Public Hearing on Regional Greenhouse Gas on August 24, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 140 of the Main Capitol. 

Senate Environmental Resources and Energy
Public hearing to examine the economic and employment impacts of Pennsylvania's participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) on August 25, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

FEDERAL ACTIONS—EXECUTIVE/LEGISLATIVE

Federal Executive Agencies—Actions and Notices: 
Environmental Protection Agency
85 FR 50786 “National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Deletion of the Fairfax St. Wood Treaters Superfund Site” Rule (August 18, 2020). 
85 FR 51556 “Control of Air Pollution From Airplanes and Airplane Engines: GHG Emission Standards and Test Procedures” Proposed Rule (August 20, 2020). 

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
85 FR 50937 “Energy Conservation Program for Appliance Standards: Procedures for Evaluating Statutory Factors for Use in New or Revised Energy Conservation Standards” Final Rule (August 19, 2020).

Follow us on Twitter at PSU Ag & Shale Law (@AgShaleLaw) to receive ShaleLaw HotLinks:
“New Lyrics, Same Tune For US Shale Producers” Argus Media
“Companies Offer Super-cool Solution to Flaring Gas in The Permian” Houston Chronicle
“14 States Sue Trump Administration Over Gas Transportation Rule” The Hill
“Mountain Valley Pipeline to be Completed Next Year” Shale Gas Reporter
“How Would a 2nd Lockdown Affect Oil Prices?” Rigzone

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Shale Law Weekly Review - August 19, 2020

Written by:
Sara Jenkins – Research Assistant 
Jackie Schweichler – Staff Atorney
Kaela Gray – Research Assistant

The following information is an update of recent local, state, national and international legal developments relevant to shale gas.

Production and Operation: Texas Railroad Commission Proposes Amendments to Application for Exception to State Flaring Rule
On August 4, 2020, the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) announced they will be accepting public comments on proposed amendments to the application for exception to a state flaring rule.  The RRC proposal would amend the Statewide Rule 32 Exception Data Sheet Application for Exception to Statewide Rule 32.  According to RRC, the application is filed by operators when requesting authority to flare or vent gas.  The amendments will require thorough documentation of flaring circumstances and more information to ensure compliance with RRC regulations.  RRC will be accepting public comments through September 4, 2020. 

Public Lands: Department of Interior Issues Proposed Rule to Amend Oil and Gas Royalty Regulations for Federal Leases
On August 7, 2020, the U.S. Department of Interior Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) issued a proposed rule to amend oil and gas royalty regulations for Federal and Indian leases. (30 CFR Parts 1241 and 1206).  The proposed rule titled, ONRR 2020 Valuation Reform and Civil Penalty Rule, would amend 2016 provisions which, according to ONRR, are inconsistent with recent executive orders.  The proposed rule is expected to amend regulations for valuing royalties, valuing coal, and assessing penalties for violating statutes associated with Federal and Indian leases.  ONRR is accepting public comments on the proposed rule until 60 days after the proposed rule is published in the Federal Register

Methane Emissions: EPA Issues Final Amendments to Ease Compliance with Oil and Gas New Source Performance Standards
On August 13, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued two final rules amending policies and technical requirements to ease compliance burdens associated with oil and gas New Source Performance Standards (NSPS). (See 40 CFR Part 60).  The first rule titled, Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources Review will rescind the NSPS methane requirements applicable to transmission, storage, production, and processing.  The second rule titled, Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources Reconsideration includes amendments relating to fugitive emissions requirements, well site pneumatic pump standards, certification of closed vent systems, and use of an alternative means of emission limitation.  EPA also issued a fact sheet, stating that the final rules will benefit small oil and natural gas producers that make up a majority of the industry.

Pipelines: North Carolina Denies Water Quality Certification for Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate Project 
On August 11, 2020, North Carolina's Department of Environmental Quality denied a water quality certification for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) Southgate project.  The Department’s Division of Water Resources denied the certification after reviewing supporting materials and public comments.  The Division determined that the Southgate project was dependent on the successful completion of the MVP Mainline Project.  The Division concluded that pending litigation and suspension of needed permits for the Mainline project presented a “critical risk” to achieving the purpose of the Southgate project.  The Division cited concerns that environmental impacts caused by the Southgate project’s construction would be “inconsistent with principles of minimization” while the Mainline project’s completion remains uncertain.

From the National Oil & Gas Law Experts:
Charles Sartain, When is a “Gross Proceeds” Royalty not Paid on Gross Proceeds? (August 13, 2020). 
John McFarland, Solar Energy in Texas and the Chadbourne Ranch (August 14, 2020). 
Romany Webb, EPA Rescinds Methane Standards For Oil And Gas Facilities (August 14, 2020). 

AGENCY PRESS RELEASES—STATE/FEDERAL

Pennsylvania Department of Energy Press Releases:
Wolf Administration Outlines Actions Underway in Wake of Pipeline Drilling Spill Affecting Marsh Creek State Park, Chester County (August 13, 2020). 

U.S. Department of Energy
The U.S.-Israel Energy Center Announces Funding Opportunity for Energy Infrastructure Cybersecurity Cooperation (August 14, 2020). 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
ICYMI: EPA Administrator Wheeler Talks New EPA Rules to Strengthen, Promote American Energy on Varney & Co. (August 14, 2020). 
What They Are Saying: Administrator Wheeler Delivers on President Trump’s Administration’s Efforts to Strengthen, Promote American Energy in Pittsburgh (August 14, 2020). 
In Pittsburgh, Administrator Wheeler Announces Final Air Regulations for Oil and Gas Removing Redundant Requirements, Streamlining Implementation, and Reducing Burdens (August 13, 2020). 

STATE ACTIONS—EXECUTIVE/LEGISLATIVE

Pennsylvania Executive Agencies—Actions and Notices: 
50 Pa.B. 4218 “Availability of the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority Restart Grant” (August 15, 2020). 
50 Pa.B. 4220 “Wastewater Service” Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (August 15, 2020).

Pennsylvania Legislature:
HB 2780 “An Act amending Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in unconventional gas well fee, further providing for distribution of fee” Referred to Environmental Resources And Energy (Aug. 13, 2020).
SB 15 “An Act establishing the CO2 Budget Trading Program; providing for powers and duties of department; establishing the Energy Transition Fund; providing for revenue from sale of carbon allowances; establishing the Energy Transition Board; and providing for energy transition plan” Referred to Environmental Resources And Energy (Aug. 11, 2020) (Senate).
HB 2778 “An Act amending the act of November 30, 2004 (P.L.1672, No.213), known as the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act, further providing for definitions and for alternative energy portfolio standards, providing for solar photovoltaic technology requirements, for contract requirements for solar photovoltaic energy system sources, for renewable energy storage report, for energy storage deployment targets and for contracts for solar photovoltaic technologies by Commonwealth agencies and further providing for portfolio requirements in other states; and making a related repeal.” Referred to Environmental Resources And Energy (Aug. 13, 2020) (House).
HB 2772 “Amending the act of October 15, 1980 (P.L. 950, No. 164), known as the Commonwealth Attorneys Act, in Office of Attorney General, further providing for criminal prosecutions” Referred to Judiciary (Aug. 13, 2020) (House). 

FEDERAL ACTIONS—EXECUTIVE/LEGISLATIVE

Federal Executive Agencies—Actions and Notices: 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
85 FR 50720 “Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities: Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas Project in Cook Inlet” Rule (August 17, 2020). 
Office of Natural Resources Revenue
85 FR 48561 “Major Portion Prices and Due Date for Additional Royalty Payments on Indian Gas Production in Designated Areas Not Associated with an Index Zone; Correction” Notice (August 11, 2020). 

House Energy and Commerce Committee Actions:
No relevant actions August 10-17, 2020.

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Actions: 
S.4523 “A bill to regulate large-scale emissions of methane and natural gas, and for other purposes” Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (August 12, 2020). 

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“Dakota Access Review May Test Trump's NEPA Overhaul,” EE News
“New Mexico Close To Adopting Oil And Gas Water Rules,” Associated Press
“Job Losses Climb in Oilfield Services,” Rigzone
“COVID Compounds Pennsylvania's Fracking Industry Problems,” CBS News
“Shale Gas Drilling Permit Fees More Than Double in Pa.,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“N.M. to Update Oil, Gas Wastewater Regulations,” Associated Press
“Mariner East Spill Reaches Drinking Water In Pa.,” EE News

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