American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 117

White House Guidance Factors
Climate Into NEPA Reviews
WASHINGTON-A White House guidance on factoring climate change into
federal environmental reviews could
lengthen project reviews and incline agencies to favor conservation or alternative
energy options, according to an independent analysis.
The White House Council on Environmental Quality on Aug. 2 released a final
guidance document on how federal agencies
should consider the climate impacts of
their actions when performing National
Environmental Policy Act reviews.
According to the CEQ, the guidance:
* Advises agencies to quantify projected greenhouse gas emissions of proposed actions whenever the necessary
tools, methodologies and data inputs are
available;
* Encourages agencies to draw on their
experience and expertise to determine the
appropriate level (broad, programmatic, or
project- or site-specific) and extent of quantitative or qualitative analysis required;
* Counsels agencies to consider alternatives that would make the action
and affected communities more resilient
to climate change; and
* Reminds agencies to use existing
information and science when assessing
proposed actions.
The guidance document can be found
at https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/documents/nepa_finalghg_guidance.pdf.
Washington-based independent research and analysis firm ClearView Energy
Partners LLC says it interprets the guidance to "all but require agencies to quantify
GHG emissions (rather than rely on qualitative assessments)."
In addition, ClearView says, "(The
guidance) will be 'immediately operational,' implying that an agency's final
action could be subject to litigation risk
if it moves forward without addressing
GHGs."
The Wilderness Society greeted the
guidance with a statement that it would

"require agencies to address the full scope
of emissions associated with energy projects," adding that "agencies should manage-not just measure-the carbon consequences of energy leasing and production
on public lands."
Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, was quoted calling
the guidance "a game changer" that would
ensure federal agencies did not "approve
mines that will destroy the climate."
ClearView Energy Partners comments
that while the guidance does not specifically require agencies to conduct cumulative effects analyses, "it does emphasize
that agencies should look beyond federal
regulatory borders to assess impacts on
state climate-related goals."
Further, ClearView says, "The guidance
articulates a preference for programmatic
reviews that 'may also serve as an efficient
mechanism in which to assess federal
agency efforts to adopt broad-scale sustainable practices for energy efficiency,
GHG emissions avoidance and reduction
measures, petroleum product use reduction,
and renewable energy use.'"
Consequently, ClearView concludes,
"We would not rule out the possibility
that, depending on political leadership,
some permitting agencies may interpret
these . . . provisions as a pretext for
keeping fossil fuels 'in the ground.'"
The Center for Liquefied Natural Gas
worries the guidance "creates yet another
arbitrary hurdle for the industry."
However, ClearView suggests the document may not represent a significant
hurdle for natural gas pipeline projects
being reviewed by the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission, "particularly if
state policies include a reliance on natural
gas generation to offset the retirement of
more GHG-intensive coal resources."
"LNG export projects may be able to
demonstrate favorable GHG-emission
profiles if the importing country would
move away from coal- or oil-fired generation," ClearView adds.
❒

Spectra Secures Contract For Mexican Gas Pipeline
HOUSTON-Spectra Energy Corp.
says Mexico's state-owned utility
Comisión Federal de Electricidad has
awarded its subsidiary, Valley Crossing
Pipeline LLC, a 168-mile intrastate natural
gas pipeline project contract. The pipeline
will serve 37 million customers beginning
in 2018.
Valley Crossing will construct and op-

erate a header system transporting more
than 5.0 billion cubic feet a day near the
Agua Dulce Hub in Nueces County, Tx.,
as well as a 2.6 Bcf/d pipeline originating
at that header and extending to
Brownsville, Tx., Spectra Energy says.
There, the pipeline will connect with the
Sur de Texas-Tuxpan Pipeline, which
will extend into Mexico.
❒

Support
Energy Education
The American Oil & Gas
Historical Society seeks
your help building new
partnerships with community museums, teacher
workshop practioners, and
other energy educators.
This Society, a 501(c)-3 nonprofit organization established
in 2003, needs immediate
financial support to continue
making a difference in public
education. Our "Petroleum
Age" newsletter and network
of community oil and gas
museums serve as frontline
energy educators. Together we
explain the many historic
achievements of today's energy
business. The public gains a
new appreciation for geology,
petroleum engineering and
chemistry. Funding remains the
constant challenge for accomplishing this outreach. Now
more than ever, America needs
an educated public making
informed decisions about energy.
Please make a tax-deductible
donation today.
American Oil & Gas
Historical Society
1201 15th Street, NW, Ste. 300
Washington, DC 20005
Ph: 202-857-4785 F: 202-857-4799

www.aoghs.org
SEPTEMBER 2016 117


https://www.bakerlaw.com/alerts/three-reasons-why-boems-updated-financial-assurance-and-risk-management-requirements-are-unenforceable http://www.aoghs.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016

Contents
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - Cover1
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - Cover2
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - Contents
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 4
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 5
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 6
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 7
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 8
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 9
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 10
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 11
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 12
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 13
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 14
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 15
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 16
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 17
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 18
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 19
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 20
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 21
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 22
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 23
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 24
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 25
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 26
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 27
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 28
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 29
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 30
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 31
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 32
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 33
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 34
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 35
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 36
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 37
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 38
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 39
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 40
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 41
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 42
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 43
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 44
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 45
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 46
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 47
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 48
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 49
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 50
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 51
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 52
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 53
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 54
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 55
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 56
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 57
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 58
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 59
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 60
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 61
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 62
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 63
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 64
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 65
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 66
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 67
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 68
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 69
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 70
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 71
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 72
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 73
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 74
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 75
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 76
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 77
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 78
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 79
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 80
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 81
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 82
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 83
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 84
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 85
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 86
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 87
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 88
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 89
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 90
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 91
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 92
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 93
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 94
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 95
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 96
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 97
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 98
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 99
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 100
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 101
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 102
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 103
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 104
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 105
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 106
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 107
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 108
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 109
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 110
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 111
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 112
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 113
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 114
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 115
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 116
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 117
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 118
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 119
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 120
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 121
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 122
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 123
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 124
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 125
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 126
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 127
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 128
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 129
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - 130
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - Cover3
American Oil and Gas Reporter - September 2016 - Cover4
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201909
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201908
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201907
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201906
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201905
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201904
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201903
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201902
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201901
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201812
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201811
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201810
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/pbios_201810
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201809
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201808
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201807
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201806
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201805
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201804
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201803
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201802
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201801
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201712
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201711
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201710
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201709
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201707
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201706
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201705
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201704
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201703
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201702
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201701
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201612
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201611
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201610
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/pbios2016_programguide
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201609
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201608
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201607
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201606
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201605
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201604
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201603
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201602
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201601
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201512
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201511
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201510
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201509
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201508
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201507
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201505
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201504
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201503
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201502
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201501
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201412
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201411
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201410
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201409
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/pbios2014_programguide
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201408
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201407
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201406
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201405
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201404
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201403
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201402
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201401
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201312
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201311
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201310
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201309
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201308
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201307
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201306
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201305
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201303
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201302
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201301
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201212
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201211
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201210
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201209
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/2012_pbios
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201208
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201207
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201206
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201205
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201204
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201203
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201202
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201201
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/demo/aogr_clone
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aogr/201112
http://www.nxtbookMEDIA.com