"The recent directive by President Donald Trump for a “review” Barack Obama and Bill Clinton's use of the Antiquities Act and his comments about government “abuse” and “land grab” serves only his objective in making more areas available to oil, gas, mining and fisheries extraction operations. Totally lacking is any mention of the public trust doctrine and the fact that these specially designated areas (national parks, wildlife refuges, wilderness areas, marine sanctuaries, monuments) and our natural resources belong to the U.S. citizens, not the corporate/industrial establishment."
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Via E&E News
"The House Appropriations Committee late yesterday approved a $31.4 billion spending bill for U.S. EPA, the Interior Department and related agencies, giving them over $800 million less than fiscal 2017 but rejecting many of the administration's steeper cuts for programs popular with lawmakers and constituents."
"The draft budget resolution before the House Budget Committee, they say, kick starts a Rube Goldberg machine-like series of parliamentary procedures that, unless derailed, would lead to the opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to drilling through only simple-majority votes in the House and Senate. The Budget committee plans to mark up and vote on the budget draft today."
"Three days before the tech leader’s July 15 visit to Glacier, research ecologist Daniel Fagre said he was told that his scheduled tour with Zuckerberg of Logan Pass on the Continental Divide was off."
"Interstate fishing managers say a row with an appointee of President Donald Trump’s administration over the regulation of flounder fishing off New Jersey jeopardizes conservation of marine species all along the East Coast."
Via Coastal Point
"Meanwhile, the seismic testing must be done to even determine the best places for drilling. Seismic airguns shoot intense blasts of compressed air — one of the loudest manmade sounds. During testing, the blasts constantly pierce the ocean floor and reflect back up to help ships create a map of likely oil reserves in the Atlantic."
"But the appointment of fisheries biologist Chris Oliver to lead NOAA Fisheries — the agency within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that is charged with sustainable management of commercial fisheries worth more than $140 billion — represents a striking departure from the Trump administration’s scientific and environmental personnel and policy choices."
"This month we have seen two anti-ocean planning policy riders introduced in Congress: Section 505 of the House FY18 Energy & Water Appropriations bill and Section 435 of the House Interior & Environment Appropriations bill. We will not be surprised to see more in the coming weeks, as the House takes up additional spending bills."
As part of ongoing efforts to implement several of the President's recent Executive Orders, NOAA Fisheries and the National Ocean Service published a joint Federal Register notice on July 6, 2017, for a 45-day public comment period seeking broad input on identifying existing regulations and processes that, among other things, may be outdated, unnecessary, ineffective; inhibit job creation and growth; and /or can be further streamlined in a manner consistent with law.