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  • Court Filings

    Amicus Brief in Rio Grande LNG Case

    June 17, 2020

    If constructed, the Rio Grande liquefied natural gas terminal and pipeline would be responsible for greenhouse gas emissions resulting in billions of dollars in climate damages. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) analysis estimates the quantity of the project’s emissions but does not analyze the context, intensity, or significance of the incremental climate damages they will cause. We submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that explains how FERC’s failure to monetize the project’s climate damages using Social Cost of Carbon estimates is arbitrary.

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  • Public Comments

    Comments to PHMSA on Data Collection from Pipeline Accidents

    May 8, 2020

    The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is proposing to gather additional data on pipeline accidents and fires, including data on injuries, property damage, and loss of natural gas. We submitted comments supporting PHMSA’s efforts to better assess the social cost of accidents and encouraging the agency to estimate greenhouse gas emissions that result from pipeline fires.

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  • News

    New Resource Tracking Reduced Enforcement of Environmental Laws in Response to COVID-19

    April 24, 2020

    The Institute for Policy Integrity is tracking altered enforcement of environmental laws by federal and state agencies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In connection with the crisis, several agencies have issued waivers or announced plans to stop enforcing key environmental laws and regulations. 

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  • Public Comments

    Comments to FERC on Lamar County Natural Gas Project

    April 17, 2020

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) environmental assessment estimates that the Lamar County Expansion Project would result in 3.87 million metric tons of greenhouse gases from downstream emissions. We submitted comments suggesting that FERC monetize climate impacts using social cost of carbon estimates. The proposed natural gas project would result in over $200 million in annual climate costs.  

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  • Public Comments

    Comments to EPA on Coal Combustion Residuals Rule

    April 17, 2020

    Coal combustion residuals, commonly known as coal ash, are the residual substances that remain after burning coal. They contain several chemicals that are toxic to human health, including arsenic, boron, lead, and mercury. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule that amends the regulatory framework for the disposal of coal ash. We submitted comments in January detailing how EPA fails to analyze the forgone benefits of the regulatory changes, which extend deadlines and eligibility for facilities that lack appropriate disposal capacity. We also submitted comments in April focusing on the second part of EPA's proposal, which fails to assess the forgone benefits of allowing facilities to seek approval for alternative basin liners. 

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  • Public Comments

    Comments to EPA on Federal Emissions Management from Oil and Gas Sources in Utah

    March 23, 2020

    The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) for managing emissions on the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation in Utah proposes control requirements for new, modified, and existing oil and natural gas sources. Despite forecasting that the requirements would lead to a substantial decrease in methane emissions, EPA severely underestimates resulting benefits through the use of an “interim” social cost of methane metric that disregards the best peer-reviewed science. We submitted joint comments detailing EPA’s failure to adequately monetize and evaluate the benefits of the FIP.

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  • Climate Damages of U.S. LNG Exports

    March 20, 2020

    Our resource compiles the greenhouse gas emissions and resulting damages from liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals.

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  • Public Comments

    Comments to BLM on Oil and Gas Lease Sale in New Mexico

    February 7, 2020

    The Pecos District Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released an environmental assessment of a 2020 oil and gas lease sale in New Mexico. Despite calculating that foreseeable leasing activities would produce over 28 millions tons of downstream CO2-equivalent over a 20-year time horizon, BLM fails to monetize the real-world impacts of those emissions. We submitted comments encouraging BLM to estimate climate impacts using social cost of carbon metrics.

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  • Public Comments

    Comments to BLM on Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve

    February 5, 2020

    The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) activity plan for the Alaska National Petroleum Reserve could lead to as much as 76.86 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions in a given year during peak production. We submitted joint comments urging BLM to monetize and contextualize the climate impacts of its plan using social cost of carbon metrics.

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  • Reports

    Look Before You Lease

    January 7, 2020

    While the Trump administration’s goal of “energy dominance” has increased the public lands available for oil and gas development, no effort has been made to modernize the leasing system, even in the face of climate change. Our report explains how option value—which accounts for the informational value gained by delaying leasing decisions—can and should be factored into the Bureau of Land Management’s land use planning processes. Accounting for option value at multiple stages of the land use planning process would significantly improve BLM’s public lands stewardship, better protect the environment, and regain some of the economic and strategic advantages it has ceded to private developers. The report also describes case studies where BLM’s failure to consider option value has led to costly litigation and missed opportunities.

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