Laws & Regulations

"Keystone Protesters Tracked at Border After FBI Spied on 'Extremists'"

"An activist was placed on a US government watchlist for domestic flights after being swept up in an FBI investigation into protests of the Keystone XL pipeline, linking a breach of intelligence protocol with accounts of continued tracking that environmentalists fear could follow them for life."

Source: Guardian, 06/09/2015

"Pipeline Firm Assured California a Spill Was 'Unlikely'"

"A Texas company whose ruptured pipeline created the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years had assured the government that a break in the line while possible was "extremely unlikely" and state-of-the-art monitoring could quickly detect possible leaks and alert operators, documents show."

Source: Aljazeera America, 06/08/2015

"Obama Picks Unknown Quantity to Head Pipeline Safety Agency"

"The nomination of Marie Therese Dominguez, President Obama's pick to lead the federal agency that oversees pipelines, was greeted with surprise and uncertainty by pipeline safety experts." "If confirmed, Dominguez would take over an underfunded, understaffed and beleaguered agency that has faced criticism of cozy ties with industry."

Source: InsideClimate News, 06/04/2015

"49 States Making Plans for EPA Carbon Rule—Even the Ones That Hate It"

"The Environmental Protection Agency's plans to finalize the rules on carbon emissions from power plants are still several months away. But most states, even those challenging the agency in court, are already investigating ways to comply."

Source: InsideClimate News, 06/04/2015

Did EPA Press Office Retaliate for Unfavorable NY Times Article?

It appears to an outside observer that NYT reporter Coral Davenport was uninvited to EPA's "Waters of the U.S." (WOTUS) rule announcement phone call as retaliation for an unfavorable story she had written about the agency's public affairs operation the week before. EPA says not.


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