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Full Report from Casper

United States District Court for the District of Wyoming held a hearing Friday to consider a preliminary injunction against BLM's rule to control venting and flaring of methane from oil and natural gas production. Suits were brought by Western Energy Alliance, the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), and the states of Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming. The trade associations and states request the court delay BLM’s January 17th implementation of the rule, which falls three days before the Trump Administration takes office.

Political Reality for Environmental Activists

Environmental activist group 350.org kicked off 2017 with protests of president-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet appointees. To gauge the level of support for this effort, it’s important to look at the past. It turns out 2016 was a dismal year for environmental groups across the West. We’ve compiled a list of some of the many setbacks environmentalists endured.

The Incredible Shivering Protest

Keep-It-in-the-Ground activists were sparse in Denver at today’s planned protest. Not even a dozen showed up. The fact it was 11 degrees outside with snow on the ground may have been the cause. After all, it’s hard to convince people to protest oil and natural gas when your teeth are rattling. It’s far more comfortable to stay at home where your natural gas-powered furnace keeps you warm.

Thanksgiving Brings Political Talk

Thanksgiving is a day away, and that inevitably means talking politics. As family and friends gather, I expect there will be strong emotions shared about the recent election.

The state of play in politics today reminds me of David Bowie’s song Changes:

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
Turn and face the strange
Ch-ch-changes
Just gonna have to be a different man

Tapped out: science shuts down an anti-fracking myth about drinking water

**As published on FoxNews.com: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/11/15/tapped-out-science-shuts-down-anti-fracking-myth-about-drinking-water.html

Two days after Donald Trump’s election victory, environmental regulators in Wyoming debunked one of the biggest claims of anti-oil and gas activists: That hydraulic fracturing – also known as fracking – contaminated drinking water in Pavillion, Wyoming, a small town of roughly 240 people. 

‘Covert Propaganda’ in Federal Rulemaking

Has government use of social media turned into covert propaganda? In light of an investigation by the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO), the answer is yes.

Barack Obama came into office as the “social media president” after effectively using online communications during his campaign. So it’s understandable the president pushed the use of social media within federal agencies, and it makes sense given the increasing reliance by the public.

Screaming Fees

The costs to taxpayers of recent Keep-It-in-the-Ground protests in Colorado are beginning to surface. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) spent $2,500 on overtime pay for the Lakewood Police Department, which provided security as 300 protesters attempted to shut down the Colorado May lease sale.

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