Trump and Zinke are “sowing the seeds for the legal attacks.”

12th of Feb 2018

recent article published by the New York Times
by reporter Coral Davenport:

Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Were Fast. It Could Get Messy in Court.

As the head of the federal agency controlling billions of acres of public lands and waters, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has spent the past year making bold policy proclamations to advance President Trump’s energy agenda: He would open coastal waters to drilling, shrink national monuments, lift Obama-era fossil fuel regulations and reduce wildlife protections.

But legal experts say many of the moves were made without fully considering the laws and procedures governing changes like these, making them vulnerable to legal challenges that could delay or block them. They say many of the proposals may follow the fate of other bold and hasty moves by the Trump administration, such as the attempts to limit travel from countries with sizable Muslim populations on security grounds.

“They’re acting in a hurry, appealing to the base, and trying to seem decisive,” said Patrick Parenteau, a professor of environmental law at Vermont Law School. But, he added: “They’re not following the prescribed steps of the law. They’re creating errors for themselves as they go, sowing the seeds for the legal attacks.”   Read the Full Article

Advocates for the West is keenly aware of the Trump Administration’s blunders, and we are ready for the legal battles ahead.

Together with our partners at Conservation Lands Foundation, we are preparing a suite of legal strategies to protect our treasured public lands and National Monuments from President Trump and Secretary Zinke’s reckless attempts to auction off permits for development of vast parcels of the West to the highest energy bidder. We won’t stand by and watch it happen. And you can Help.

Learn more about our National Monuments Defense work.

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