Laws & Regulations

Interior To Swap Land With Alaskan Village For Road Through Refuge

"The Interior Department has approved a land swap deal that will allow a remote Alaskan village to construct a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, according to local officials. The action effectively overrules wilderness protections that have kept the area off limits to vehicles for decades."

Source: Washington Post, 01/08/2018

Official Who Overlooked Environmental Regs Said To Be Next NPS Acting Head

"A former top National Park Service official implicated more than a decade ago for improperly paving the way for the owner of the Washington Redskins to cut down trees on a 2-acre scenic easement along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park is expected to become the agency's next acting director, possibly as soon as next week, National Parks Traveler has learned."

Source: National Parks Traveler, 01/05/2018

"Trump Moves to Open Nearly All Offshore Waters to Drilling"

"The Trump administration said Thursday it would allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all United States coastal waters, giving energy companies access to leases off California for the first time in decades and opening more than a billion acres in the Arctic and along the Eastern Seaboard."

Source: NY Times, 01/05/2018

17 Ways Trump Administration Assaulted the Environment Over the Holidays

"While visions of sugarplums danced in some of our heads, the Trump administration had a different vision—of a country unbound by rules that protect people, places, wildlife and the climate. Over the past two weeks, the administration has proposed or finalized changes to how the government and the industries it regulates respond to climate change, migratory birds, clean energy, pesticides and toxic chemicals."

Source: EcoWatch, 01/04/2018

"Pennsylvania Shuts Down Construction On Sunoco Gas Pipeline"

"Pennsylvania environmental officials ordered Sunoco on Wednesday to halt construction of a natural gas pipeline across the southern part of the state, citing a series of spills and leaks of drilling fluid and other “egregious and willful violations” of state law that have plagued the $2.5 billion project."

Source: AP, 01/04/2018


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