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Oil major CEOs warn against US trade policies; carbon emissions lackluster

Federal judge dismisses Calif. cities' climate lawsuits against oil majors

A federal district court judge dismissed a lawsuit by two coastal U.S. cities that sought to make five major oil companies pay for the costs of protecting against sea level rise tied to climate change.

Exxon, Chevron CEOs warn US trade policies will hurt global energy economy

Steel tariffs are already raising costs, and any extended trade battle would be a drag on the global energy business, the CEOs of Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. said, emphasizing the gap between the energy industry's wishes and the Trump administration's actions.

SoCalGas to work with Canadian, French utilities on renewable gas development

Southern California Gas Co. is joining forces with Canadian natural gas utility Énergir LP and French utilities GRDF and GRTgaz SA on a collaboration aimed at advancing natural gas technologies such as research and development of renewable natural gas.

Scrutiny over methane emissions could accompany gas sector's global growth

As natural gas expands its role in energy systems around the world, the industry will need to curb its methane leakage to maintain its social license and to minimize its impacts on the developing economies it hopes to serve, an array of methane experts said at the World Gas Conference.

Report: US carbon emissions cuts a 'far cry' from Paris commitment

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are projected to drop 12% to 20% below 2005 levels by 2025, a "far cry" from the 26% to 28% reduction pledged by the Obama administration in 2015, according to a new report from the Rhodium Group.

Trump court appointments could shift US judicial energy landscape

President Donald Trump is filling federal appeals court vacancies at a record rate, and those appointments could have a significant effect on the U.S. energy landscape. The judges could play a pivotal role in deciding challenges to permitting of new energy infrastructure and national monument designations that could open up more land for energy development.

Environmental, regulatory conflicts may strain pipe builders seeking investors

For U.S. and international gas pipeline developers to keep investors' confidence, the sector may need to overcome environmental opposition and conflicts across jurisdictions, a researcher and a U.S. senator from a shale state said at a large gas industry gathering.

US EPA's Wheeler recusal list includes energy efficiency, former energy clients

The second in command of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will not participate in policy issues involving the Energy Star energy efficiency program co-managed by the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy and will recuse himself from issues involving former clients, including some energy companies.

Companies risk liability for ESG disclosures regardless of format, report says

Companies that disclose their practices on environmental, social and governance issues on their websites, instead of through U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings, are not necessarily any safer from securities lawsuits or investigations, a new report suggested.

US EPA, Army Corps clarify that Clean Water Rule is slated for permanent repeal

The EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are looking for additional feedback on the legal underpinning of the Clean Water Rule. But commenters were advised that the agencies intend to "permanently repeal" the 2015 definition of the waters subject to federal regulation.

Next US Supreme Court justice could bring change on energy, climate front

Justice Anthony Kennedy's pending exit from the U.S. Supreme Court could bolster efforts to rein in the power of federal agencies and curb the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

Mountain Valley pipeline agrees with Va. agency on temporary construction halt

Developers of the 2-Bcf/d Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline announced a temporary halt on the project's construction activities in Virginia after the state Department of Environmental Quality identified erosion and sediment control issues during inspections.

Pruitt reversal on EPA veto power revives old fight at center of 'war on coal'

While rarely used in its decades-old history, an environmental oversight authority the Trump administration is eliminating was at the center of a heated debate in the so-called "war on coal" waged by the Obama administration.