“I understand many of the concerns that Virginians are voicing about these projects. I agree with Senator Kaine and others who have said Congress should review the way the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission assesses and permits pipeline projects," Northam said in a statement Friday. "While they take that action, we are fulfilling the state’s role: following the law and ensuring these projects meet the highest environmental standards.” … [Read more...] about Do pipelines pose any political risk for Northam?
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“This is our land, we need to protect it and our representatives need to step up to the plate and quit letting the gas and oil companies run the United States,” said Theresa “Red” Terry. “It’s supposed to be for the people by the people, not for the profit.” … [Read more...] about Treetop protesters take anti-pipeline demonstration on the road
However, photographs of a churned-up Appalachian Trail were quick to hit the internet, where pipeline opponents cited them as yet another example of the environmental damage they say will be caused by building a massive pipeline across steep mountain slopes and through clear-running streams. … [Read more...] about ATV traffic on the Appalachian Trial is the latest Mountain Valley Pipeline controversy
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has said that the next issue on the docket is immigration reform. Following that debate and the July 4 recess, the Senate will consider the growing list of presidential nominees. Of particular importance, the nomination of Gina McCarthy to serve as Environmental Protection Agency Administrator continues to stall. McCarthy recently met with Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), and the senator later said McCarthy and the agency have not been responsive to Senate Environment and Public Works Committee questions about ozone standards and agency analyses. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) has also retained his hold on the nomination. Nominations expected to move quickly through the chamber include Penny Pritzker to be Secretary of Commerce, Anthony Foxx to be Secretary of Transportation, Fred Hochberg to continue to serve as Director of the Export-Import Bank, and Michael Froman to serve as U.S. Trade Representative. Another … [Read more...] about Energy & Environment Law Update for the Week of June 3, 2013
States Write Brief for Cross-State Rule CaseOn April 19, nine states and six cities filed a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on an appeals court’s 2012 decision to vacate the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. The EPA and several environmental groups appealed the decision to the Supreme Court. The brief said states have the capability to create modeling on air quality; the states also said the decision removed an essential tool for downwind states to comply with the Clean Air Act. The rule required 28 states to reduce emissions to assist other downwind states in meeting air quality standards. The nine states that filed the brief are CT, DE, IL, MD, MA, NY, NC, RI, and VT; Baltimore, Bridgeport, Chicago, the District of Columbia, New York, and Philadelphia were the six cities that signed the brief. … [Read more...] about Energy and Environmental Law Update April 29, 2013