Duggan Flanakin

Duggan Flanakin is the Director of Policy Research at the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow. A former Senior Fellow with both the Texas and Arkansas Public Policy Foundations, Mr. Flanakin has a Master's in Public Policy from Regent University. During the years he spent reporting on environmental regulation in Texas and nationwide, Mr. Flanakin authored definitive works on the creation of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and on environmental education in Texas.
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The Caddo Parish Commission rejected a proposed moratorium offered by one of its commissioners to temporarily suspend ongoing and proposed oil and gas drilling activities in the Louisiana Parish, which contains Shreveport.

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed legislation permanently banning offshore wind turbines within Maine’s 3-mile-limit for the offshore waters under the state’s legal jurisdiction.

St. Louis Pipeline Permit Was Wrongly Granted, Says Federal Court Panel

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has ruled the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission failed to adequately assess the merits a 65 mile natural gas pipeline before approving it.

Federal Oil and Gas Drilling Permits Soar

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The city of Baltimore’s effort to force 23 energy companies compensate it for the costs of climate change through litigation hit a roadblock in May when the U.S. Supreme Court voted to overturn a lower court's decision to remand the city’s lawsuit to state court.

California County Fights State Oil and Gas Restrictions

The Kern County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to formally oppose embattled California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plans to ban hydraulic fracturing – and eventually all in-state oil and gas production – statewide.

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A flood-related incident that sent piece of artificial turf into the Puyallup River has resulted in the Puyallup Tribe demanding the historic Electron Hydro dam be torn down.

Minnesota Appeals Court Approves Enbridge Pipeline

A three judge panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission acted properly in approving the environmental impact statement, certificate of need, and route permit for the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Project.

Federal Judge Upholds Delaware Basin Fracking Ban

Federal Judge Paul Diamond United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania rejected a lawsuit filed by two Pennsylvania state senators and four local governments in the oil-rich Marcellus Shale region.

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The administration of President Joe Biden announced final approval for the Vineyard Wind project, which plans to install up to 84 giant turbines about 12 nautical miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, a project that will devastate the fisheries, according to the fishing industry.

Duggan Flanakin

Duggan Flanakin is the Director of Policy Research at the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow. A former Senior Fellow with both the Texas and Arkansas Public Policy Foundations, Mr. Flanakin has a Master's in Public Policy from Regent University. During the years he spent reporting on environmental regulation in Texas and nationwide, Mr. Flanakin authored definitive works on the creation of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and on environmental education in Texas.

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