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Jul 30, 2015

U.S. agency probes possible legal violation in lion killing: source

By Ayesha Rascoe and Barbara Liston

(Reuters) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating whether the killing of a beloved lion by an American dentist in Zimbabwe was part of a conspiracy to violate a U.S. law against illegal wildlife trading, a source close to the case told Reuters on Thursday.

The source said the service is investigating the killing under the Lacey Act, a U.S. law that bars trading in wildlife that has been illegally killed, transported or sold.

Jul 13, 2015

Insight – Sage grouse flies into U.S. species protection crossfire

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A wildlife protection fight over a quirky ground-dwelling bird highlights how two U.S. environmental groups have increasingly dominated the process of species protection, sparking a backlash from pro-business Republicans.

A Reuters review of hundreds of federal records over a 10-year period shows how the non-profit groups have had success by inundating Washington with petitions for new protected-species listings and lawsuits designed to compel regulators to respond.

Jul 13, 2015

Sage grouse flies into U.S. species protection crossfire

WASHINGTON, July 13 (Reuters) – A wildlife protection fight
over a quirky ground-dwelling bird highlights how two U.S.
environmental groups have increasingly dominated the process of
species protection, sparking a backlash from pro-business
Republicans.

A Reuters review of hundreds of federal records over a
10-year period shows how the non-profit groups have had success
by inundating Washington with petitions for new
protected-species listings and lawsuits designed to compel
regulators to respond.

Jun 24, 2015

U.S. judge temporarily blocks new fracking rules on public lands

By Eric Beech and Ayesha Rascoe

(Reuters) – A U.S. judge in Wyoming on Tuesday granted a
request by four states and several energy industry groups to
temporarily stop new federal rules on hydraulic fracturing on
public lands from taking effect on Wednesday.

The Interior Department rules would require companies to
provide data on chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or
fracking, and to take steps to prevent leakage from oil and gas
wells on federally owned land.

Jun 11, 2015

U.S. fracking rules to face early legal test

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Energy industry groups and states that oppose new U.S. rules for hydraulic fracturing on public lands are headed to court this month to try to block the regulations a day before they are to take effect.

Foes of the regulations will go before a federal judge on June 23 to seek a preliminary injunction. The Interior Department rules, slated to take effect on June 24, would require companies to provide data on chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and to take steps to prevent leakage from oil and gas wells on federally owned land.

May 18, 2015

Oil groups ask court to temporarily block U.S. fracking rules

By Ayesha Rascoe

(Reuters) – Two oil and gas groups have asked a federal
court to block the implementation new U.S. rules for hydraulic
fracturing on public lands until their lawsuit challenging the
regulations is resolved.

The Independent Petroleum Association Of America (IPAA) and
the Western Energy Alliance filed a motion on Friday for a
preliminary injunction to prevent the Interior Department’s
Bureau of Land Management from enforcing the regulations,
arguing the standards will cause their members irreparable harm.

May 14, 2015

U.S. green groups sue in challenge to oil train safety rules

WASHINGTON, May 14 (Reuters) – Seven environmental groups
filed a lawsuit on Thursday challenging safety rules issued
earlier this month for trains carrying oil, arguing the
regulations are too weak to protect the public.

The groups, including the Sierra Club and Center for
Biological Diversity, charge that the rules, issued on May 1,
will allow industry to continue to use “unsafe tank cars” for up
to 10 years and fail to set adequate speed limits for oil
trains.

May 13, 2015

Enbridge to pay $75 mln to settle 2010 oil spill -Michigan officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Enbridge Energy and its
affiliates will pay $75 million to settle a 2010 oil spill into
Michigan’s Talmadge Creek and Kalamazoo River that dumped
800,000 gallons of oil, state officials said on Wednesday.

“The agreement will finalize cleanup and restoration
requirements for areas affected by the spill,” that stemmed from
an Enbridge owned and operated pipeline, Michigan Attorney
General Bill Schuette and Michigan Department of Environmental
Quality Director Dan Wyant said in a statement.

Apr 16, 2015

U.S. judges raise doubts about early challenge for EPA carbon rules

WASHINGTON, April 16 (Reuters) – In the first legal test of
the Obama administration’s plan to limit greenhouse gas
emissions from power plants, two of three federal judges hearing
a challenge to the regulations on Thursday expressed skepticism
about weighing in before they are formally adopted.

More than a dozen states and Murray Energy Corp
filed lawsuits last year challenging the administration’s
proposal, which would require the U.S. power sector to slash
carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels.

Apr 15, 2015

What to watch for in federal court hearing on EPA carbon rules

WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) – More than a dozen states
and a coal company will urge a U.S. appeals court on Thursday to
throw out the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to
limit carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. power plants.

The rules are still in draft form, but the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the District of Columbia will hear oral arguments in
two lawsuits that represent the first major test of the legality
of the Obama administration’s landmark Clean Power Plan.

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