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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

In The West, It’s Open Season On Nature For Big Oil

Reprinted with permission from DCReport.

 

Trump’s Bureau of Land Management tried to lease almost 12 million acres for oil and gas exploration last year, more than six times what the Obama administration tried to lease in 2016, and the Trump administration is poised to dump 1.4 million more acres on the market early next year.

About 1.5 million acres in five western states were previously scheduled for lease sales this month but action was postponed after a federal magistrate judge found evidence that the bureau “made an intentional decision to limit the opportunity” for environmentalists and others to comment on the proposed leases.…

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Zinke Prepares Alaska Wilderness Giveaway For Big Oil

Reprinted with permission from DCReport.

Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve, our nation’s single largest parcel of public land, was created by former President Warren Harding, the president known for the Teapot Dome scandal involving public land and oil companies.

Trump’s ethically challenged Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wants to lease 2.85 million acres of that reserve to oil and gas companies even as California burns from wildfires worsened by climate change. Environmentalists have sued in federal court to try to throw out the last two lease sales.

“Climate change is already underway in Alaska, and this lease sale will only make it worse,” said Miyoko Sakashita of the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Big Donor Allowed To Endanger Water Supply With Nuclear Waste

Reprinted with permission from DCReport.

Our Energy secretary could ship treated nuclear waste from our nation’s most polluted nuclear weapons production site to a Texas nuclear dump near an aquifer supplying water from northern Texas to South Dakota. The dump was opened by one of Secretary Rick Perry’s largest campaign donors.

The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, signed by former President Ronald Reagan, was written to prevent potential disasters and mandates that the Department of Energy must send high-level waste to a network of underground tunnels and rooms where it can safely decay over millions of years.

Republicans and Trump’s new assistant secretary for environmental management, Anne Marie White, who did consulting work for the company that operates the dump, want to rewrite federal regulations to say that some high-level nuclear waste isn’t really high-level nuclear waste so it can be stored elsewhere.…

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