Laws & Regulations

Sessions Failed To Disclose Oil Interests As Required: Ethics Experts

"Attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions did not disclose his ownership of oil interests on land in Alabama as required by federal ethics rules, according to an examination of state records and independent ethics lawyers who reviewed the documents."

Source: Wash Post, 01/11/2017

Congressional Regulatory Override — The Rulebook

Regulations about toxic air pollution from oil refineries are among many Obama administration actions that may be targetted for reversal by Republicans in Congress. The key to such a move? The Congressional Review Act. TipSheet explains how it works — and doesn't.

"Wisconsin Tribe Votes Against Renewing Enbridge Pipeline Agreements"

"A Native American tribe in Wisconsin has voted against renewing agreements allowing Enbridge Inc to use their land for a major crude oil pipeline, the latest sign of increasing opposition to North American energy infrastructure."

Source: Reuters, 01/10/2017

FBI Arrests Volkswagen Exec on Conspiracy Charges in Emissions Scandal

"The Federal Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Volkswagen executive who faces charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States, two people with knowledge of the arrest said on Sunday, marking an escalation of the criminal investigation into the automaker’s diesel emissions cheating scandal."

Source: NY Times, 01/09/2017

"Energy Executives, Secretive Nonprofit Raise Money To Back Pruitt"

"Energy companies and their executives have poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into political action committees run by or supporting President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. And now Pruitt is getting extra help from a new nonprofit that doesn't have to disclose its donors."

Source: Politico, 01/09/2017

Obama Denies Permits For Seismic Testing To Search For Oil In Atlantic

"For the second time in less than a month, the Obama administration on Friday took an action that all but shuts the door on drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, denying six permits to companies seeking to use seismic cannons to search for oil under the ocean floor."

Source: Wash Post, 01/09/2017

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