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  • Department of Interior Delays, Reassesses Trump-Era Rule on Fossil Fuel Royalty Rates

    The Department of Interior delayed the effective date of a Trump-era rule that lowers the royalty burden on corporations extracting fossil fuels on public lands. We provided significant input on the review of the rule, helping guide ONRR’s decision to delay the rule and further examine its legality and impact.

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  • Comments on Interior’s Review of Oil and Gas Program

    The Department of the Interior is conducting a review of its federal oil and gas leasing program. We submitted comments encouraging the Interior to pursue concurrent action on three fronts.

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  • Comments to FERC on the East Lateral XPress Project

    The East Lateral XPress Project could result in the emission of over 3.6 million tons of downstream emissions in carbon-dioxide equivalence per year from the combusion of natural gas. We submitted comments encouraging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to provide a more complete analysis of project emissions and weigh its climate impacts using the social cost of carbon. 

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  • Comments to FERC on East 300 Upgrade Project

    The East 300 Upgrade Project could result in the emission of over 2.3 million tons of downstream emissions in carbon-dioxide equivalence per year from the combusion of natural gas. We submitted comments encouraging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to provide a more complete analysis of project emissions and weigh its climate impacts using the social cost of carbon. 

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  • Comments to ONRR on Royalty Rates for Oil and Gas Leasing

    A new rulemaking by the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) delays the effective date of its previously-finalized Valuation Reform and Civil Penalty Rule and seeks input on several questions. We submitted comments focusing primarily on a question about the role of climate impacts in setting royalty policy.

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  • Amicus Brief in D.C. Circuit on Methane Limits for Oil and Gas Sector

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently finalized revisions to New Source Performance Standards for methane and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from the oil and natural gas sector. We filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, focusing on EPA's flawed legal and economic justifications for the rule. 

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  • Comments to ONRR on Its New Proposal to Roll Back the Valuation Rule

    ONRR has proposed to roll back large portions of the Valuation Rule, after previously failing in court to both suspend the rule and repeal the rule.  We submitted comments explaining that the agency has failed yet again to provide a reasoned explanation for the rollback. 

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  • Amicus Brief in Ninth Circuit on Montana Coal Mine Expansion

    The expansion of the Bull Mountains Mine project in Montana would allow for an increase in coal production likely resulting in more than $9 billion in climate damages. We filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit criticizing the Office of Surface Mining’s analysis of the project, which fails to monetize climate impacts using the social cost of carbon. We explain that the project’s full economic benefit is, at most, just one-third of its expected climate costs. 

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  • Comments to BLM on December 2020 Lease Sale in Colorado

    A proposed oil and gas lease sale in Colorado would offer over 45,000 acres in areas valuable for recreation, wildlife, environmental conservation, and tourism. We submitted comments explaining how the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) environmental assessment neglects its duties to manage public lands for multiple uses and consider more limited leasing scenarios.

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  • Presidential Transition Guidance

    As the presidential transition begins, the Institute for Policy Integrity has outlined recommended policy priorities for the Biden administration on climate, energy, and environmental policy, and related social equity outcomes. It is crucial that the incoming administration undertake aggressive reforms that are grounded in science and economics. In recent months, we published a series of reports highlighting actionable, near- and medium-term policy recommendations in several key areas.

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