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Local, state and federal authorities Tuesday asked the Delaware bankruptcy court to deny Venoco LLC permission to abandon two California oil pipelines and more than a dozen offshore and onshore drilling operations, saying the company has not taken the steps to safely shut them down.
Connecticut Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal sent a letter to the head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday asking it to investigate allegations that utilities Eversource Energy and Avangrid manipulated electricity prices in the region, costing New England consumers $3.6 billion in higher energy bills.
The Fourth Circuit on Tuesday ended a suit by environmentalists challenging West Virginia’s issuance of a water quality permit for the $3.5 billion Mountain Valley Pipeline, granting the state’s request to vacate the original permit so it can re-evaluate the permit application.
Algonquin Gas Transmission LLC told the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday that a group of Massachusetts politicians, environmental groups and individuals didn’t have standing to bring a legal challenge against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of a $971 million pipeline that runs through New York and New England.
A judge’s temporary block on a set of controversial new rules governing operations at sites of hydraulically fractured natural gas wells is jeopardizing efforts by Pennsylvania regulators to protect public health and environmental integrity, the state’s Supreme Court heard during oral arguments Wednesday in Pittsburgh.