AAPL Governmental Affairs Weekly Report - 1/27/20

  • 1.  AAPL Governmental Affairs Weekly Report - 1/27/20

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    Following please find highlights from the AAPL Governmental Affairs Weekly Report for the week of January 27, 2020. The full report is attached to this post.

    Please Note: Due to NAPE Summit next week, the next report will be published on February 10. To attend NAPE Summit in Houston held February 3-7, learn more here:

    FEDERAL - JUDICIAL: Climate Change Lawsuit – California. (Update to 11/19/18 Weekly Report) On January 17, in Juliana v. United States (Case No. 6:15-cv-01517), a federal appeals court dismissed the years-long high-profile climate change lawsuit filed by 21 young people who argued that the U.S. government violated their constitutional rights by failing to do enough to reduce climate change despite long-established science showing the dangers of a warming planet. In the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel opinion written by Obama appointees, the historically liberally-leaning court said it was beyond the court’s authority to “order, design, supervise, or implement” the sweeping changes that the young people were seeking in their potentially landmark lawsuit, and in short, the litigants did not have standing to sue. The Court stated that, instead, the Constitution gives those powers to Congress, the president and voters, the court concluded. “The plaintiffs’ impressive case for redress must be presented to the political branches of government,” Judge Andrew Hurwitz (D) wrote for the majority. A lawyer for the children said the group intended to appeal the decision to a panel of the full circuit court but according to the Ninth Circuit itself, “as a practical matter, these avenues of relief are unlikely to be fruitful.” Read more.

    STATE - LEGISLATIVE: Spacing Requirements – West Virginia. On January 20, SB 535 was introduced by Sen. Randy Smith (R).  “The purpose of this bill is to eliminate the minimum spacing requirements for the drilling of deep wells which will authorize oil and gas operators to efficiently utilize changing drilling practices and techniques developed in recent years, and encourage cost-effective and efficient exploration and production of oil and gas using evidence based best practices.” Read more.

    INDUSTRY NEWS: Phillips 66 CEO named new API chairman. Last Wednesday, the American Petroleum Institute (API) named Phillips 66 CEO Greg Garland the new chairman of the trade group. He succeeds ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods, who will remain on the Washington-based API's executive committee. "API is extremely fortunate to have Greg's expertise as the natural gas and oil industry continues to address the challenge of meeting growing energy demand while driving environmental progress," said API CEO Mike Sommers. Read more.

    Russell Cohen
    AAPL Governmental Affairs