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EPA drops rule requiring mining companies to have money to clean up pollution

EPA drops rule requiring mining companies to have money to clean up pollution

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said modern mining practices and state and federal rules already in place address the risks. (Dec. 4, 2017) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here )U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said modern mining practices and state and federal rules already in place address the risks. (Dec. 4, 2017) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here )President Donald Trump's administration announced Friday that it won't require mining companies to prove they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their...

January 17, 2018
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Trump administration scales back wild bird protections

Trump administration scales back wild bird protections

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-wildlife-crime-courts-billings-afa9a97774885e1fbb6cb2e75045ba7aClick to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-wildlife-crime-courts-billings-afa9a97774885e1fbb6cb2e75045ba7aClick to copyRelated topicsBILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday finalized changes that weaken the government’s enforcement powers under a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species, brushing aside warnings that billions of birds could die as a result.Federal wildlife officials have acknowledged the move could result in more...

Jan 5
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Judge blasts Trump administration’s "sloppy" climate analysis in oil case

Judge blasts Trump administration’s "sloppy" climate analysis in oil case

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | The Associated PressBILLINGS, Mont. — A U.S. federal court once again blocked new oil and gas drilling permits on Wyoming public lands in a ruling Friday that rebuked the Trump administration for its “sloppy and rushed” analysis of climate change impacts.U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras said the administration’s Bureau of Land Management failed to look closely enough at climate change impacts from oil and gas extraction and consumption on almost 500 square miles (1,295 sq. kilometers) of land in...

Nov 13
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Judge removes Trump’s public lands boss for serving unlawfully for 424 days

Judge removes Trump’s public lands boss for serving unlawfully for 424 days

In this Oct. 11, 2019, file photo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management Acting Director William “Perry” Pendley speaks at a conference for journalists in Fort Collins, Colo. President Donald Trump intends to withdraw the nomination of Pendley to head the Bureau of Land Management, a senior administration official said Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, much to the relief of environmentalists who insisted the longtime advocate of selling federal lands should not be overseeing them.BILLINGS, Mont. — A federal judge ruled Friday that President Donald Trump’s leading steward of public lands has been serving...

Sep 26
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Biden halts oil and gas leases, permits on US land and water

Biden halts oil and gas leases, permits on US land and water

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-billings-a3a37acf2fce55449b704b01badc1f67Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-billings-a3a37acf2fce55449b704b01badc1f67Click to copyRelated topicsBILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration announced Thursday a 60-day suspension of new oil and gas leasing and drilling permits for U.S. lands and waters, as officials moved quickly to reverse Trump administration policies on energy and the environment.The suspension, part of a broad review of programs at the Department of Interior, went into effect immediately under an...

Jan 21
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Judge removes Trump’s public lands boss after governor sued

Judge removes Trump’s public lands boss after governor sued

Billings, Mont. • A federal judge ruled Friday that the Trump administration’s leading steward of public lands has been serving unlawfully and has blocked him from continuing in the position. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris said U.S. Bureau of Land Management acting director y served unlawfully for 424 days without being confirmed to the post by the U.S. Senate. Montana’s Democratic governor had sued to remove Pendley, saying the the former oil industry attorney was illegally overseeing an agency that manages almost a quarter-billion acres of land, primarily in the U.S. West. Pendley’s...

Sep 25
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Trump administration moves forward with plan to end wild bird protections

Trump administration moves forward with plan to end wild bird protections

The Trump administration moved forward Friday with plans to scale back a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species despite warnings that billions of birds could die as a result. Officials said in a draft study of the proposal that it could result in more deaths of birds that land in oil pits or collide with power lines or other structures. Advertisement More than 1,000 species are covered under the law, and the changes have drawn a sharp backlash from organizations that advocate on behalf of an estimated 46 million U.S. bird-watchers. The study did not put a number on how...

June 6, 2020
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Judge removes Trump public lands boss for serving unlawfully

Judge removes Trump public lands boss for serving unlawfully

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/billings-montana-archive-only-on-ap-472201d09bc69de32fbf3e110c094fa6Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/billings-montana-archive-only-on-ap-472201d09bc69de32fbf3e110c094fa6Click to copyRelated topicsBILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Friday that President Donald Trump’s leading steward of public lands has been serving unlawfully, blocking him from continuing in the position in the latest pushback against the administration’s practice of filling key positions without U.S. Senate approval.U.S. Interior Department Bureau of Land...

Sep 25
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