TRUMP GUTS STANDARDS PROTECTING PUBLIC LANDS FROM FRACKING

Washington DC (SC) – Administration Caves to Fossil Fuel Industry While Ignoring Well-Known Dangers

Today, Donald Trump’s Department of Justice filed a motion announcing its intention to rescind the Bureau of Land Management’s safeguards for hydraulic fracturing (fracking). The DOJ has asked the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to hold the Obama administration’s appeal defending the rule in abeyance while they rescind the rule.

The fracking rule, put in place by the Obama administration, was enacted after years-long process and would be the first safeguards for the fossil fuel extraction process on tribal and publicly-owned lands.

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In response, Sierra Club Beyond Dirty Fuels campaign director Lena Moffitt released the following statement:

“With today’s decision, Trump is making it clear that he thinks we need more fracking operations contaminating our drinking water, causing earthquakes, and polluting our environment, not less. The Sierra Club will continue to defend this rule, ensuring that our publicly-owned lands remain protected from fracking and Donald Trump.”

This report prepared by Sierra Club