Pipeline Ownership

A federal judge found that the Department of Interior erred in assigning 12 rights-of-way to a pipeline operator rather than its business partner, making it liable for the costly enterprise of maintaining the pipelines. The pipeline operator is entitled to an opportunity to be heard before the department makes its decision about the firm’s property rights and obligations.

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Drill Permits for Arctic Refuge Slated to Close Out Trump’s Term

As it makes its reluctant exit from the White House, the Trump administration will issue a call to enterprising oil and gas developers eyeballing Alaska: the time is now to secure drilling rights in the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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Echo Chamber

A federal judge in New York dismissed the Natural Resources Defense Council’s challenge to the chartering of an Department of Interior advisory committee, the International Wildlife Council. The council no longer exists, so the environmental group lacks standing to sue over the council’s alleged failure to represent divergent viewpoints.

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Public Lands Chief Hangs on Despite Nomination Getting Nixed

A former oil industry attorney will continue calling the shots for a government agency that oversees nearly a quarter-billion public acres in the U.S. West, despite the White House saying over the weekend that President Donald Trump would withdraw the nomination of William Perry Pendley.

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