Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | By Wes Enzinna | No Comments
At around 3 p.m. today, North Dakota State Police, with the help of the National Guard and Wisconsin state police, began evicting protesters from the main #NoDAPL protest camp near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota. After weeks of blizzards, flood warnings, exhaustion, and uncertainty caused by president Trump’s executive order reversing the Army Corp of Engineer’s previous decision to halt the pipeline project, many activists have left the camps. As of today, only about 100 activists remain.
While an ABC news crew is embedded with the police, the main source of information about events on the ground is independent media and protesters themselves, who have been intermittently livestreaming the day’s events, which have included arrests, fires, and meetings with representatives of North Dakota governor Doug Burgum.…
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | By Oliver Milman and Dominic Rushe | No Comments
This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.
The close relationship between Scott Pruitt, the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and fossil fuel interests including the billionaire Koch brothers has been highlighted in more than 7,500 emails and other records released by the Oklahoma attorney general’s office on Wednesday.
The documents show that Pruitt, while Oklahoma attorney general, acted in close concert with oil and gas companies to challenge environmental regulations, even putting his letterhead to a complaint filed by one firm, Devon Energy.…
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | By Eric Holst | No Comments
The Department of Homeland Security has sweeping power to push through the border wall, but legal challenges could be strong.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | By The Wilderness Society | No Comments
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the head of the House Oversight Committee, is investigating a tweet that he says could indicate secret coordination between the White House and Bryce Canyon National Park.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | By Eric Holthaus | No Comments
As we embark on month two of Donald Trump’s presidency, it’s hard to imagine a group of federal employees facing more uncertainty than the staff of the Environmental Protection Agency. Industry ally and new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt can be viewed only as an agent of profound change, and he’s already faced intense opposition from Senate Democrats and from the staff he inherits.
In recent days, both Bloomberg and the Washington Post have reported that the first moves Trump and Pruitt will make in their overhaul of US environmental policy will be to roll back parts of Barack Obama’s climate legacy and the “Waters of the US” rule—a thorn in the side of farmers and ranchers.…