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Danny Worrell Quoted in Texas Lawyer on US Energy Regulations and the Trump Administration

Firm News | February 1, 2017

Energy partner Danny Worrell was featured in a Texas Lawyer article on the potential impact the new Trump administration will have on the US energy sector. Danny noted that while changes to oil and gas regulations are likely, any change will be slow and may involve court challenges. He added, "Moreover, the states have a role in the regulatory process, and their approach will not necessarily change course because of the administration. For example, Texas has its own oil and gas regulations that will not likely be affected by a Trump administration. Except on federal and tribal lands, the bulk of regulations for the oil and gas industry are implemented and enforced by the states."

Danny speculated that the administration will seek to roll back environmental regulations via changes to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Methane Rule. He stated, "There are at least two options for the administration. One option is that the administration could have the US Department of Justice ask the US District Court of Appeals to remand the rule back to EPA for notice and comment rulemaking aimed at amending the rule to make it less stringent or withdrawing it. Another option could involve the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The Act allows Congress to review all major federal regulatory rule-makings. The Methane Rule has been identified as one of the rules that will be reviewed under the CRA." He noted that if Congress decides to disapprove the Rule, the President could approve the Congressional resolution of disapproval, and the Rule would be withdrawn without the opportunity for judicial review.

Additionally, Danny suggests that President Trump will make plans to open up federal lands and offshore areas to oil and gas exploration, roll back the Clean Power Plan, and fracking rules on federal and tribal lands. ("New Trump Era for O&G Sector," February 1, 2017)