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Hearings This Week

House Science, Space and Technology, Subcommittee on Environment hearing on “Expanding the Role of States in EPA Rulemaking.” Date: Tuesday, May 23, 10 a.m. Place: 2318 Rayburn Bldg. Witnesses : Misael Cabrera, director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Deborah Swackhamer, professor emerita with the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs and professor emerita … Continue Reading

Energy Related Hearings This Week

House Foreign Affairs — Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere hearing on “Energy Opportunities in South America.” Date: Wednesday, May 17, 10 a.m. Place: 2172 Rayburn Bldg. Witnesses: Jorge Pinon, director of the Latin America and Caribbean Program in the University of Texas at Austin’s Jackson School of Geosciences Lisa Viscidi, director of Inter-American Dialogue’s Energy, Climate … Continue Reading

Environmental Organization Challenges Constitutionality of the Congressional Review Act

As we previously reported on this blog, Congress and the Trump administration have revived the Congressional Review Act (CRA) and set about rescinding a series of regulations promulgated during the Obama presidency.  Congress’ authority to invalidate an executive agency rule is rooted in Article I of the Constitution, which vests “[a]ll legislative Powers [t]herein granted” … Continue Reading

Hearings This Week

The House is not in session the week of May 8. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on “Conservation, Consultation, and Capacity: State Views on the Need to Modernize the Endangered Species Act.” Date: Wednesday, May 10, 10 a.m. Place: 406 Dirksen Bldg. Witnesses: TBA Pending Legislation Senate Energy and Natural Resources — Subcommittee … Continue Reading

Energy-Related Hearings This Week

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on federal payments to local governments provided through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act and the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program and the need to provide greater fiscal certainty for resource-dependent communities with tax-exempt federal lands. Date:    Tuesday, May 2, 10 a.m. Place:   366 … Continue Reading

Hearings This Week

  Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on “A Review of the Technical, Scientific, and Legal Basis of the WOTUS (Waters of the United States) Rule.” Wednesday, April 26, 10 a.m. 406 Dirksen Bldg.   House Transportation and Infrastructure — Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials hearing on “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure … Continue Reading

Hearings: Week of April 3

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on efforts to protect U.S. energy delivery systems from cybersecurity threats. Date: Tuesday, April 4, 10 a.m. Place: 366 Dirksen Bldg. Witnesses: Patricia Hoffman, acting assistant secretary of Energy for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Andrew Bochman, senior cyber and energy security strategist at Idaho National … Continue Reading

Trump’s SCOTUS Nominee is a Chevron Skeptic

On January 31, President Trump introduced Judge Neil Gorsuch as his nominee for the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia.  Gorsuch, who currently sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, has been widely-praised for his lucid, well-reasoned opinions on a wide range of federal law questions.  Like Scalia, his … Continue Reading

Chevron Deference and the Proposed “Separation of Powers Restoration Act of 2017”

During its first month in session, Congress has proposed several pieces of legislation designed to reverse the dramatic shift in power over the last 50 years from Congress to the Executive.  The Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 is one remarkable example.  It was introduced as a free-standing bill in 2016, but the Senate did not … Continue Reading

SCOTUS Review of WOTUS Rule

On January 13, the Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari in National Association of Homebuilders v. Department of Defense, a case challenging the Obama Administration’s “Waters of the United States” rule, which vastly expands federal jurisdiction over wetlands, and some not-so-wet lands. At issue is whether a challenge may be brought in a federal … Continue Reading

Make Congress Great Again?

During its first week in session, the 115th Congress passed two bills aimed at reining in the executive branch’s powers. If signed into law, these bills could significantly impact the oil and gas industry, which has been caught in the crosshairs of the Obama administration’s energy and environmental agenda. On January 4, the House of … Continue Reading

Recommended Reading: Deregulation and the Trump Administration

Kelley Drye attorneys partner Ira T. Kasdan and associate Mindy B. Pava co-authored The Hill article “Option for deregulation under the Trump administration: Agency non-enforcement.” The article notes that it remains unclear how the Trump administration plans to nullify scores of regulations promulgated and executive actions taken by the Obama administration. While the Trump administration is likely to issue an executive … Continue Reading

Congressional Energy Roundup (Week of October 3, 2016)

Fracking Insider Readers: Below, please find this week’s Congressional activity on oil and gas issues: Senate: “Examining the Local Impacts of EPA’s Climate Regulations.” Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety. October 5, 2016. 1:00 PM EST. House: “Tribal Prosperity and Self-Determination through Energy Development.” Committee on Natural Resources. … Continue Reading

Congressional Energy Roundup (Week of September 19, 2016)

Fracking Insider Readers: Below, please find this week’s Congressional activity on oil and gas issues: House: “Impacts of the Obama Council on Environmental Quality Final Guidance for GHG Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change.” Committee on Natural Resources. September 21, 2016. 10:00 AM EST. “Examining Misconduct and Intimidation of Scientists by Senior DOE Officials.” … Continue Reading

Congressional Energy Roundup (Week of September 12, 2016)

Fracking Insider Readers: Below, please find this week’s Congressional activity on oil and gas issues: House: “H.R. 5780, the Utah Public Lands Initiative Act.” Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Federal Lands. September 14, 2016. 10:00 AM EST. “A Solution in Search of a Problem: EPA’s Methane Regulations.” Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee … Continue Reading

Congressional Energy Roundup (Week of September 6, 2016)

Fracking Insider Readers: Below, please find this week’s Congressional activity on oil and gas issues: House: “Eastern Mediterranean Energy: Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Regional Priorities.” Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Subcommittee on Energy. September 8, 2016. 2:00 PM EST. “Asia’s Growing … Continue Reading

Congressional Energy Roundup (Week of July 11, 2016)

Fracking Insider Readers: Below, please find this week’s Congressional activity on oil and gas issues: Senate: “S. 3018, the Securing Energy Infrastructure Act.” Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy. July 12, 2016. 2:30 PM EST. House: “Opportunities and Challenges of Developing the Mancos Shale Resource.” Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy … Continue Reading

Congressional Energy Roundup (Week of July 5, 2016)

Fracking Insider Readers: Below, please find this week’s Congressional activity on oil and gas issues: House: “H.R. 5577, the Innovation in Offshore Leasing Act.” Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. July 6, 2016. 10:00 AM EST. “A Review of EPA’s Regulatory Activity During the Obama Administration: Energy and Industrial Sectors.” Committee … Continue Reading

Congressional Energy Roundup (Week of June 27, 2016)

Fracking Insider Readers: Below, please find this week’s Congressional activity on oil and gas issues: Senate: “Status of BLM and Forest Service’s Efforts to Implement Amendments to Plans Regarding Sage Grouse Conservation and Coordination Activities with Affected States.” Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining. June 28, 2016. 2:30 … Continue Reading

Congressional Energy Roundup (Week of June 13, 2016)

Fracking Insider Readers: Below, please find this week’s Congressional activity on oil and gas issues: House: “Certainty for States and Tribes Act.” Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. June 14, 2016. 10:00 AM EST. Senate: “Energy Tax Policy in 2016 and Beyond.” Committee on Finance. June 14, 2016. 10:00 AM EST. … Continue Reading

Congressional Energy Roundup (Week of June 6, 2016)

Fracking Insider Readers: Below, please find this week’s Congressional activity on oil and gas issues: House: “H.R. 4775, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act. H. Con. Res. 89, expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the U.S. economy. H. Con. Res. 112, expressing the sense of Congress opposing the President’s … Continue Reading

Congressional Energy Roundup (Week of May 23, 2016)

Fracking Insider Readers: Below, please find this week’s Congressional activity on oil and gas issues: House: “Investigating the Culture of Corruption at the Department of the Interior.” Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. May 24, 2016. 2:00 PM EST. “Impact of EPA’s Clean Power Plan on States.” Committee on Science, Space, and … Continue Reading
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