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New U.S. Energy Bill Would Make it Easier for Companies to Harm Marine Mammals

Source: Huffington Post/Chris D’Angelo - November 9, 2017 in Politics

New U.S. Energy Bill Would Make it Easier for Companies to Harm Marine Mammals
Photo: Lauber Lon E/USFWS/Wikimedia Commons (CC0)

bipartisan energy bill being considered this week seeks to strip presidents of their authority to protect marine ecosystems and make it far easier for oil and gas companies to obtain permits to incidentally harm and kill marine mammals.

Introduced by House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and others, the measure has been dubbed the “Strengthening the Economy with Critical Untapped Resources to Expand American Energy Act,” or “SECURE American Energy Act.” At more than 50 pages, it reads like a lengthy wish list of big oil, and is the latest in a series of actions by the Trump administration and congressional lawmakers that prioritize energy development over species conservation.

The proposal includes a hodgepodge of provisions aimed at expanding access to energy resources, namely fossil fuels; distributing revenues from offshore oil and gas leases to several coastal states; and handing over regulatory authority to states to manage oil and gas development on federal lands within their borders. Another provision would nullify an Obama-era safeguard for exploratory drilling in the Arctic.

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