“This should have been the easiest kind of transaction, one we’ve done hundreds of times,” says John “Rocky” Barrett, chairman of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.
Lawsuits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency keep rolling out of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s office.
A press release from Pruitt’s office says representatives from Oklahoma were at the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. first thing Friday morning to ask the federal court to review the Clean Power Plan.
President Obama’s Clean Power Plan enraged many top officials in Oklahoma, who argued the rules were an expensive, unnecessary overreach by the federal government. But the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could create opportunities in Oklahoma, researchers and officials say.
Though just finalized, the plan has been in the works for two years, and Oklahoma has opposed it every step of the way.
In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday blocked the EPA’s attempt to curb mercury and other toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants across the country.
If passed by the Oklahoma legislature, the right-to-farm amendment to the state constitution wouldn’t be on the ballot until November 2016.
A rare joint Congressional hearing in Washington Wednesday took up the issue of ‘Waters of the United States.’