Trump administration withdraws proposed to allow oil and gas drilling in protected bird habitat

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday announced that it has withdrawn former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s proposed rule, which would have gutted the Obama-era bird rule to allow oil and gas companies to…

Trump administration withdraws proposed to allow oil and gas drilling in protected bird habitat

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday announced that it has withdrawn former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s proposed rule, which would have gutted the Obama-era bird rule to allow oil and gas companies to drill in protected areas. This latest action, “restores nearly 40 years of protected habitat for waterfowl and other migrating birds,” according to an EPA press release. “The decision to withdraw the rule was reached after careful consideration and input from stakeholders, key members of Congress, and many environmental organizations.” Pruitt and former EPA Chief of Staff Ryan Jackson issued a memo on July 1, 2018 proposing to weaken the bird rule by permitting oil and gas companies to drill in designated areas where no drilling had occurred for the previous five years. The controversial move has drawn the ire of environmental organizations like the Center for Biological Diversity, who have been promoting the effort for months. “Today’s announcement ends our fight to stop these predatory companies from taking over our cherished bird areas. We appreciate everyone who supported the fight against the Trump rule and the Obama version, and we know the Earth will be a healthier place for the next generations to enjoy,” an official with the center said.

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