Regulations

Trump administration to repeal Obama fracking rule Friday

The Trump administration on Friday will officially repeal the Obama administration’s 2015 fracking rule regulating oil and natural gas drilling on federal lands. “We believe it imposes administrative burdens and compliance costs that are not justified,” the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management wrote in a notice that it will rescind the rule, to be published in Friday’s Federal Register. The Interior Department initially proposed ending the rule in July and wrapped up the comment period in September. The Obama-era rule targets the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which has made the U.S. the world’s leading producer of energy. The rule is intended to increase the safety of fracking by reducing the risk of water contamination. It would have forced companies to comply with federal safety standards in the construction of fracking wells and to disclose which chemicals they used in the fracking process. Killing the rule has been a top priority of the oil and natural gas industry, as well as Republican lawmakers from Western states. The rule affects oil wells on public lands that are found mainly in the West. “We applaud the Interior Department decision to completely rescind the Obama-era rule regulating hydraulic fracturing on federal lands,” Barry Russell, president and CEO of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, said Thursday. “IPAA has long fought for independent oil and natural gas producers against an Obama-era federal rule that was overly restrictive and did not make hydraulic fracturing any safer than current state laws.” Environmental groups are expected to sue the agency after the rule is finalized, adding to the list of Trump administration actions going to court in the new year. “The Trump administration is endangering public health and wildlife by allowing the fracking industry to run roughshod over public lands,” Brett Hartl, government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said Thursday. “Fracking is a toxic business, and that’s why states and countries have banned it. Trump’s reckless decision to repeal these common-sense protections will have serious consequences.” The Trump administration can issue its own measure regulating fracking.

Of course it can..  These are executive level rules that can be implemented with the wave of one President’s hand, and undone by his successor’s hand/pen.  Such is the case here.

Budget boss Mulvaney claims Obama had ‘secret list’ of proposed regulations

At a news briefing this week, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney continued to push the Trump administration’s goal of cutting back on Obama-era regulations. On Thursday, Mulvaney unveiled a “secret list” of proposed federal rules that he said the Obama administration had been hoping to implement. “They had a bunch of things that they wanted to regulate. And what we’re hearing is that they just didn’t want to tell you about it,” said Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget. “They thought it would be bad for their re-election prospects in 2012, so they created a secret list of regs that were not disclosed to you folks, and we are disclosing it.” Mulvaney noted that President Trump has promised a “two-for-one policy” on regulations, meaning that for every new regulation introduced by the Trump team, two old regulations would be eliminated. So far, that policy has led to the removal of 860 rules, the budget director said. Referring to the list, Mulvaney added that the Trump administration was committed to setting a new tone in Washington. “There will be none of that in this administration. We will not have a secret list,” he said. “We will not have a hidden list of regulations that we’re thinking about doing but we’re not going to tell you about. That’s going to end effective immediately. In fact, it has already ended. We’re not going to do that anymore.”

Excellent!!  Let’s hope you

Trump’s regulatory czar could have a major impact on how Americans work and live in the future

The Trump administration’s new regulatory czar has a distinctive past, but it is her future that could leave an indelible mark on the way you live and work for years to come. Neomi Rao, a law professor and a former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to run the agency that oversees government regulations, the omb’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). The 54-41 vote enables her to lead the White House efforts to reject or slow-walk new federal rules, while rescinding other regulations altogether. White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway called Rao “an excellent addition to a team that is already committed to the president’s agenda of deregulation.” Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee said in a statement that he looked forward to working with Professor Rao to “Reduce the burden of regulations – by our best estimates as high as $2 trillion dollars a year – that weigh on the American economy.” Since his first day on the job, President Trump has signed a cannonade of executive orders and memoranda targeting policies impacting the environment, health care, infrastructure & more. An effort equally aimed at creating fewer rules and regulations in government that appears to be working as planned, with just 15 new regulations approved by OIRA between Inauguration Day and the end of May. By comparison over the same period in 2008, 93 rules were greenlighted by President Obama. Over that same span in 2001, 114 new regulations were okayed by the administration of President George W. Bush. Cutting regulation has been a major focus of the Trump administration including broad directives meant to speed up environmental reviews for high priority infrastructure projects and manufacturing. The President trumpeted his administration’s regulatory efforts during a remarks this week in Paris, France drawing parallels between his fight for smaller government with those of French President Emmanuel Macron. “We did not become great through regulation and in the United States, Mr. President, we also have cut regulations at a level we’ve never seen before,” Mr. Trump told Mr. Macron.

Excellent!!  Let’s hope President Trump continues to do what he can to reduce the size and scope of the bloated, bureaucratic, and costly federal government that is costing our economy TRILLIONS every year in waste and inefficiency.  And, hopefully the GOP controlled Congress will jump on that Trump train and help in that effort.  We wish Professor Neomi Rao success in her new role.   🙂