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Eric Lipton @EricLiptonNYT
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PART II: TRUMP ENVIRONMENTAL CONSEQUENCES. SETTING: NORTH DAKOTA. After yrs of watching oil/gas companies burn off/release/leak increasing amts of gas into air, Interior moved in 2016 to crack down on the harmfulwasteful practices on fed/Indian lands. Oil/gas companies hated it.
Trump admin joined with Congress to kill the rule. Pence went to Capitol to break a tie in Senate. But 3 GOP Senators rejected the effort, including McCain. Trump Interior wasnt discouraged. It just moved to kill rule on its own. WHY? OIL INDUSTRY WANTED IT KILLED. SAYS SO HERE.
A federal court judge ruled the action by Trump Interior ILLEGAL. You can't simply postpone a federal rule. NO WORRIES TO TRUMP ADMIN. IT JUST MOVED TO KILL IT Here Interior again REPEALs all the major provisions of the rule. So 2016 Interior effort is now basically gone.
Cut to NORTH DAKOTA>>>FORT BERTHOLD INDIAN RESERVATION>>As you enter, the hills look like they are on FIRE. Flaring has surged in the last year. Enough gas is flared monthly here to FUEL 600,000 homes. They keep the more valuable oil. They burn off much of the gas. (That's me)
I met with tribal leaders at Fort Berthold, and local residents. There was agreement that flaring and venting is a serious health and environmental problem. But disagreement--with FEDERAL REGULATION NOW GONE--how to best confront the problem. Real economic benefits. But costs too
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