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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: FERC Nominees, Navajo Generating Station, Aviation

The White House is considering new nominees to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, after fully half the members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee lined up against the nomination of Ron Binz. The lack of committee support effectively kills Binz’s nomination, Bloomberg says. The EPA announced a supplemental … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: GHG Ruling, Exxon Fined $105m, Natgas Blowout

The US Court of Appeals on Friday rejected a legal challenge by Texas, Wyoming and several industry groups, who objected to the EPA forcing states to set greenhouse gas limits on industrial facilities. In a 2-1 ruling, the court said the parties did not have standing to sue because they could … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Keystone Approval, SCOTUS Backs EPA, Fracking Rules

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Keystone Approval, SCOTUS Backs EPA, Fracking Rules

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman approved a revised route for the Keystone XL pipeline through the state, which leaves final approval of the pipeline project in the hands of the Obama administration. The State Department must review the 1,700-mile pipeline because it crosses an international border, but an earlier impact statement … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Contenders for EPA, Interior Posts; Cingular Settlement

Outgoing Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has emerged as the top contender to be the new head of the EPA. An undisclosed source in Washington’s congressional delegation said that Obama is about to make the nomination. Gregoire was director of Washington’s Department of Ecology before being elected state attorney general in … Read more »