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The EPA may have to soon admit that they have overstepped their bounds as court cases are beginning to pile up against them and their regulatory assault on property rights and their legal jurisdiction.
A March 21 SCOTUSblog post detailed the recent Supreme Court decision where all 9 Justices – Yes! Even Ginsburg and Alito agreed on this one – handed the EPA a stinging defeat.
A recently released Wood Mackenzie report paints a frightening picture of the potential impacts of permit delays on Gulf of Mexico oil production. The report notes that chronic permit delays threaten the country’s energy security, endanger as many as 125,000 jobs in 2015, and could lead to reduced oil production (as much as 680,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2019).
While the report discusses the oil industry, it’s findings are still directly applicable to the American coal industry. With the recent EPA revocation of Arch Coal’s Section 404 permit, impending EPA moves against greenhouse gases and other emissions, the potential for massive negative cumulative energy, economic, social, and environmental impacts are growing more real each day.
Early today (January 13th, 2011), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revoked Arch Coal’s Section 404 permit for the Mingo Logan Spruce Number One Surface Mine. This drastic and unprecedented action has quite rightly engendered broad bipartisan and energy industry condemnation. Never before in the history of the Clean Water Act has the EPA taken this sort of direct action against a lawfully approved 404 permit when the permittee and project have met every permit requirement.
The Cape Wind project, an offshore wind generation project proposed to be built off the coast of Nantucket Sound, has finally received federal approval to move forward after a bitter and divisive, decade-long battle. This development would be the first major offshore wind project to be constructed in the U.S. and is planned to produce energy from 130, ~400 foot tall turbines.