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Backing EPA's SEP Policy, DOJ Seeks To Ease Fears Over Settlement Bar

The Justice Department (DOJ) is seeking to ease fears that Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recent memo barring third-parties from receiving monetary payments in legal settlements will undercut EPA's popular supplemental environmental projects (SEPs), saying that projects that comply with EPA policy, which already prohibits third-party payments, will not be affected by Sessions' memo.

States and industry groups that are challenging an Obama-era Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rule limiting methane venting and flaring from oil and gas operations on federal lands are opposing efforts by the Trump administration to delay the case by 90 days while it reconsiders the rule and enforces parts of it, arguing that is an “uncertain path.”

As the Trump administration prepares to release a report expected to endorse industry calls to overhaul EPA's new source review (NSR) program, veterans of earlier fights over the program question whether the Trump administration will have enough administrative bandwith to tackle the issue given other priorities.

Environmentalists are praising California utility regulators' adoption of new standards for utilities to find, fix and prevent natural gas pipeline leaks and venting as bolstering the state as a model for regulating emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane from a variety of oil and gas industrial facilities and equipment.