Energy & Fuel

Egged on by Industry Lobbyists, Interior Dept. Weakens Bird Protections

"From the cockpit of a Cessna airplane, Gary Mowad, a special agent for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, spotted what looked like a dried-out pond in rural eastern Colorado. The banks of the pond were black, so he suspected it was actually a pit for oil company waste."

Source: Reveal, 03/16/2018

"Oil and Gas Leaders Warn Trump He Risks Harming Their Industry"

"President Donald Trump disagreed with executives of major oil and gas companies Thursday about the importance of keeping binding dispute settlement procedures in a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement, according to a person familiar with the discussion."

Source: Bloomberg, 03/16/2018

Environmental Justice Adviser Slams Pruitt Plan to Weaken Coal Ash Rules

"A newly appointed environmental justice adviser to the Environmental Protection Agency is criticizing an agency proposal to roll back regulations governing coal ash ponds, saying doing so would hurt disadvantaged communities."

Source: InsideClimate News, 03/16/2018

Offshore Safety Chief Meets Almost Exclusively With Industry

"Documents show that Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Scott Angelle has spent more than 98 hours meeting with oil and gas lobbyists and executives since he began the role last May. In contrast, during this same time he only spent 1.75 hours with NGOs."

Source: Think Progress, 03/14/2018

"Zinke: Oil and Gas Exploration Off The Pacific Coast Might Not Happen"

"Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke expressed doubt Tuesday that oil and gas exploration will happen off the Pacific coast as part of the Trump administration’s proposal to dramatically expand offshore leasing, saying California, Oregon and Washington have “no known resources of any weight” for energy companies to extract."

Source: Washington Post, 03/14/2018

Pruitt Says ‘California Is Not The Arbiter’ Of U.S. Emissions Standards

"Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said Tuesday that EPA is not planning to set stricter fuel economy standards beyond 2025 and questioned whether states such as California should be able to enact their own tougher emissions rules for cars and light trucks."

Source: Washington Post, 03/14/2018


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