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mercury pollution. The agency relented, putting the global warming pollution from cars and trucks. protections back in place rather than defending its Meanwhile, when the administration has refused illegal action in court. Since then, NRDC attorneys to retreat it has been stymied by judges upholding have filed dozens of suits against the administration, the law. After NRDC sued EPA chief Scott Pruitt for taking legal action about every withdrawing protections against seven days. leaks of methane from oil and “As quickly as they open up gas operations, a court ruled that a new front in their war on the Pruitt’s action was “arbitrary and environment, we fire back in capricious.” In a different methane court,” says NRDC Chief Counsel pollution case, a judge ordered the Mitch Bernard. The Trump administration to stop delaying a Administration has bowed to rule to protect against “flaring” this legal pressure and reversed and leaking on public lands. itself three other times — when Many other legal battles are still Arctic wolves and other wildlife are threatened by Trump’s order to lift the ban on Arctic drilling. it blocked endangered species raging, including efforts to stop protection for the rusty patched the Keystone XL pipeline and to bumblebee, when it balked at putting in place energy defend the Arctic and Atlantic coastlines from drilling. efficiency standards for ceiling fans that will save “I expect we’ll have 100 cases going before too long,” our planet from 100 million tons of climate-wrecking says Bernard. “It’s the single best way to combat this pollution and when it suspended a rule for tracking president’s autocratic ways.” S P E C I A L R E P O RT

Administration Moves to Kill Fracking Safeguards The Trump Administration has proposed getting rid of safeguards that would help protect communities and water supplies from fracking on federal lands. These commonsense protections represent a years-long effort to fix outdated rules governing oil and gas extraction in some of our last wild places. While the safeguards are far from perfect, they do represent a step forward in shielding the environment and human health from the perils of fracking. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) would have us believe that federal fracking protections are unnecessary because state safeguards exist, but even their own analysis shows that state

rules don’t provide the same protection. “By proposing to do away with even these partial fracking safeguards, the administration is making it clear where its loyalties lie: with polluters, not with people,” says Briana Mordick, a senior scientist with NRDC’s Land and Wildlife program. “Our public lands and the communities living nearby are being sacrificed for the benefit of the oil and gas industry.” NRDC is building nationwide pressure on the BLM to Fracking rig in Colorado strengthen fracking protections, even as we file suit against the Trump Administration when it seeks to put our public lands on the chopping block.

ARCTIC WOLF © JIM BRANDENBURG/MINDEN; FRACKING RIG © ISTOCK

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Nature's Voice Winter 2018  

All of the environmental projects and victories described in Nature’s Voice are made possible through the generous support of Members like y...

Nature's Voice Winter 2018  

All of the environmental projects and victories described in Nature’s Voice are made possible through the generous support of Members like y...