Coal Insider Tapped to Lead Agency That Regulates Mines

In yet another signal of the Trump administration’s departure from the previous administration’s environmental policies in favor of robust fossil fuel development, President Donald Trump nominated a former mining engineer to run the Interior Department Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement on Thursday.

Read more

Feds Won’t Help Fund California’s $17 Billion Delta Tunnels Project

Support for California’s contentious $17 billion water project continued to fade Wednesday after the Trump administration said federal money will not go to the plan to divert water around the West Coast’s largest estuary through a pair of massive tunnels.

Read more

California, New Mexico Challenge White House Favors to Oil, Gas & Coal

On the heels of two victories over efforts to roll back Obama-era regulations, California and New Mexico launched a fresh challenge Tuesday against the Trump administration’s repeal of higher royalty payments to states for oil, gas and coal leases on public lands. 

Read more

States Win Hollow Victory Over Trump’s Favors to Oil, Gas & Coal

California and New Mexico won a hollow victory on Wednesday, as a federal judge found the U.S. Department of Interior unlawfully postponed a royalties rule for oil, gas and coal companies’ benefit – but refused to reinstate the rule. 

Read more

Judge Delays Ruling on Trump’s Fossil-Fuel Favors, Fearing Mootness

A federal judge said Tuesday that the Trump administration improperly delayed a rule to boost state royalties for oil, gas and coal extracted on public lands, but she declined to issue a ruling because an impending repeal might moot the case.

Read more