Bloomberg: Perry Planning Exit from DOE
Bloomberg reported that Energy Secretary Rick Perry is planning to leave the Trump administration and is finalizing the terms and timing of his departure, citing two people familiar with his plans.
While Perry’s exit isn’t imminent and one person familiar with the matter said he still hasn’t fully made up his mind, three people said he has been seriously considering his departure for weeks, according to Bloomberg. All of the people spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations.
Energy Department spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes rejected the idea that Perry would be leaving the administration any time soon. “He is happy where he is serving President Trump and leading the Department of Energy,” she said in a statement.
DOE Announces $39M for Oil, Natural Gas R&D Projects
The Department of Energy last week announced up to $39 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development projects that aim to improve oil and natural gas technologies.
The department will provide up to $15 million for projects that enhance the potential for enhanced oil recovery of conventional resources in offshore settings. It will also will provide up to $24 million for projects that support the development of tools, methods and/or technologies to cost-effectively enhance the safety and efficiency of natural gas production, gathering, transmission and storage infrastructure.
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Judge Rebukes Trump Policy to Increase Coal Mining on Federal Land
A federal judge late Friday delivered a significant setback to the Trump administration’s policy of promoting coal, ruling that the Interior Department acted illegally when it sought to lift an Obama-era moratorium on coal mining on public lands.
The decision, by Judge Brian Morris of the U.S. District Court of the District of Montana, does not reinstate President Barack Obama’s 2016 freeze on new coal mining leases on public lands. But the court ruling does say that the 2017 Trump administration policy, enacted by former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, to overturn the ban did not include adequate studies of the environmental effects of the mining, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act.
The judge also told the plaintiffs and defendants that in the coming months, he will put forth a second legal decision on whether the ban should be reinstated.
More: The New York Times