Friday, May 1, 2015

Why Was The White House Involved in North Dakota Oil-by-Rail Regulations?

From:  DeSmogBlog

A seemingly innocuous email about two people getting coffee in August of 2014 helps shed light on the behind-the-scenes lobbying efforts to shape the oil-by-rail regulations that have given the oil industry a pass on the explosive nature of Bakken crude oil.
The emails, acquired by DeSmogBlog via a Freedom of Information Act request, led us to discover a troubling trail of influence from the Beltway to the Bakken. It's a sordid tale wherein public safety is needlessly compromised by the threat of “bomb trains” while the government ignores a simple fix to safeguard communities in favor of enabling runaway profits for the oil and rail industries.


Who is Paula Gant and why is she emailing Lynn Helms? And why did she copy Bob Simon about a coffee meeting she was having in North Dakota?   MORE

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