White House Retreats from Air Pollution Drilling Regs
President Obama is backing away from a controversial plan to impose tight air pollution regulations on oil and gas drilling, a move some conservationists are calling 'distressing.'
But the White House raised concerns that the costs of the new regulations could be near a billion dollars; an objection often cited by the oil and gas industry in states like Colorado and Wyoming. Pendery is an attorney with the Wyoming Outdoor Council.
"What this represents is not a decision based on science, but a decision based on tea-leaf reading, judging the political winds and making a decision on that basis," said Bruce Pendery, staff attorney with the Wyoming Outdoor Council.
The new rules had stemmed from a lawsuit filed by conservationists who wanted the federal government to address air pollution and public health problems being reported from oil and gas drilling operations. A hearing in Denver had been scheduled for late this month.