Laws & Regulations

Hilcorp’s Arctic Offshore Drilling Plan Advances, Despite EIS Concerns

"A proposal for the first oil and gas drilling in federal offshore waters of the Arctic took a step forward Thursday as regulators released a draft environmental impact statement, which reflects concerns about the effects of the project on marine life and local communities."

Source: InsideClimate News, 08/18/2017

"EPA: Pruitt Assigns Political Appointee To Vet Grant Requests"

"In a sharp break with tradition, U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has inserted a senior political appointee into the role of vetting competitive grant solicitations collectively worth hundreds of millions of dollars each year, according to a memo obtained by E&E News."

Source: Greenwire, 08/18/2017

Records: EPA Coordinated Effort To Slow Herbicide Review With Monsanto

"Newly released government email communications show a persistent effort by multiple officials within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to slow a separate federal agency’s safety review of Monsanto’s top-selling herbicide. Notably, the records demonstrate that the EPA efforts came at the behest of Monsanto, and that EPA officials were helpful enough to keep the chemical giant updated on their progress."

Source: U.S. Right To Know, 08/18/2017

"Governor Urges Trump To Drop Virginia From Offshore Drilling Plan"

"Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe urged the Trump administration to exclude his state from a federal offshore oil and gas drilling plan, citing concerns about revenue sharing and environmental issues, in a letter that his office revealed on Thursday."

Source: Reuters, 08/18/2017

"Minamata Convention on Mercury Enters into Force"

"The world’s first treaty to protect the environment and human health in nearly a decade, the Minamata Convention on Mercury, enters into force today, committing its 74 Parties, including the United States, to reducing the risks to human health and the environment from the harmful release of mercury and mercury compounds."

Source: ENS, 08/17/2017

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