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Heartland Institute Welcomes Rick Perry for Energy Secretary

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry faced questions from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for his nomination to be Secretary of Energy in the Trump administration.

“Having run the state of Texas for 14 years, Gov. Rick Perry certainly has more executive experience than the senators vetting his qualifications. And as Texas is the leading energy-producing state in the country, Perry also has more knowledge of what it takes to improve America’s energy security while keeping prices low.


New Report Disproves Trump Claims of "Job Killing" Environmental Regulations

As incoming President Donald Trump prepares to appoint an anti-regulatory EPA Administrator based on claims that environmental regulations "kill jobs," a new report that synthesizes decades of economics research documents that this claim is false.

The Environmental Integrity Project's report, "Don't Believe the Job Killer Hype," examines data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as reports from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and more than two dozen economists and researchers.


Federal Court Rejects Challenge to BLM Standards on Natural Gas Waste

Decision to reject industry and states’ motion for a preliminary injunctions is a big win for taxpayers and our environment

U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl yesterday refused to delay Bureau of Land Management standards requiring oil and gas companies to prevent natural gas waste from drilling operations on public lands.

The updated standards call for oil and gas companies to capture natural gas from drilling operations on public lands instead of flaring, leaking or venting it into the atmosphere. Industry groups filed suit to block the standards, and were joined by Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota. Industry and states’ first attempt was to file a motion asking for a preliminary injunction. Yesterday, the court denied it.


Coalition Sues for Public Access to Fracking Chemical Information

Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation continues to needlessly deny landowners and communities access to critical information about chemicals that could pollute water supplies

A coalition of Montana property owners, public health advocates, and conservation groups today filed a legal challenge to the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation’s refusal to grant the public greater access to information about the chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” 


10 banks financing Dakota Access Pipeline decline meeting with Tribal Leaders

One month after the pipeline was effectively put “on hold” by the Army Corps of Engineers, major commercial banks are still banking on the project -- and losing thousands of customers a week as a result

For the last six weeks, a global coalition has been pressuring banks providing project loans to the Dakota Access Pipeline to renegotiate or cancel their loans. In December, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other Indigenous leaders requested that each of these banks meet with tribal representatives to hear their concerns.


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