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(Reuters) – Here are some upcoming events of interest to the energy and environmental law community. Unless otherwise specified, all times are local and court appearances are virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Monday September 27
Monday is the deadline for members of the public to submit comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to impose stricter greenhouse gas emissions standards for light-duty vehicles for 2023 and beyond. .
Tuesday September 28
10:00 am – The US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a full committee hearing âto review the administration of laws under the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissionâ (FERC). FERC President Richard Glick and Commissioners Mark Christie, Allison Clements and James Danly will testify. The hearing will be webcast live on the commission’s website.
1:00 p.m. – The 9th U.S. Court of Appeals in Seattle will hear argument from oil and gas producer Chesapeake Exploration LLC to set aside an order from a lower court dismissing its motion to intervene in a lawsuit brought by environmental groups. The groups, including the Western Watersheds Project, are disputing about a dozen sales of oil and gas leases from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and Montana. The plaintiffs claim that the sales violate various laws, including the Administrative Procedure Act, as they relate to the habitat of the sage grouse and species at risk have special protections from the BLM. Chesapeake says he should be allowed to step in to protect his leasehold rights.
The case is Western Watersheds Project, et al v. David Bernhardt, et al, 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, # 20-35780.
For Chesapeake Exploration, LLC: William Sparks of Beatty & Wozniak
For the Western Watersheds project, et al: Andrew Missel of Advocates For The West
Friday October 1
10:00 am – US lawyer struck off bar Steven Donziger, who was convicted of criminal contempt after spending more than two decades trying to hold Chevron Corp responsible for pollution of the rainforest in Ecuador, will be sentenced by the judge of American District Loretta Preska. He faces a maximum of six months imprisonment or a fine of $ 5,000. Donziger has been in house arrest since August 2019 to address concerns about the risk of absconding. He asked to be sentenced to the time served. Sentencing will be by teleconference.
The case is United States v. Donziger, US District Court for the Southern District of New York, No. 1: 19-cr-00561.
For the United States: Rita Glavin of Glavin PLLC and Brian Maloney of Seward & Kissel
For Donziger: Martin Garbus from Offit Kurman and Ronald Kuby
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