Drilling Disaster Looms off New York State Coast ~ By Judith Enck

The Former EPA Regional Administrator calls out Interior Secretary Zinke for his plan to open up oil and gas drilling on the east and west coasts. Florida was exempted when its Republican governor complained. Why not NY? Why not wind instead?  Read more . . .

Administration Watch

EPA stresses security concerns amid growing scrutiny of Scott Pruitt's pricey travel ~ EPA Administrator goes first class all the way.  ➔  CNBC

The EPA website is "still updating" climate change info ~ If you are interested in climate change, you are better off going somewhere else. Are EPA's climate pages being molded to fit Pruitt's ideology? ➔ Wired 

Zinke on offshore drilling flip: Florida's 'coastal currents' are different  ~  Critics call decision to exempt Florida from offshore drilling plan favoritism to benefit Republican Governor Rick Scott. ➔ CNN 

Zinke to oil and gas industry: Let 'er rip ~ Interior Secretary proposes to gut the Bureau of Land Management’s  standards adopted over a year ago.  ➔ NRDC 

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