Week in Review
Obama’s venting and flaring rule survives
- Opponents of the Obama administration’s Bureau of Land Management rule limiting the venting and flaring of methane unexpectedly failed to pass a resolution blocking the regulation by a 49-51 vote in the Senate.
Trump nominates 2 for FERC
- President Donald Trump nominated Senate energy adviser Neil Chatterjee and Pennsylvania utility regulator Rob Powelson to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The commission will have a quorum if the two are confirmed.
Agencies overhaul scientific advisory boards
- Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt decided to replace half of the members on a key scientific review board. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will review the “charter and charge” of more than 200 advisory boards.
Paris debate drags on
- The Trump administration will not make a decision on whether the U.S. should stay in the Paris climate agreement until after the May 26-27 Group of Seven summit, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said.
- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said little about the U.S.’s climate policies at a meeting with officials from other Arctic nations, saying, “We are going to make the right decision for the United States.”
Zinke visits Utah for monument review
- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spent four days in Utah as part of his review of 27 national monument designations under the Antiquities Act. Some groups supporting the designations of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments complained the department turned down their requests for meetings.
Hanford Site tunnel collapses
- A tunnel with radioactive nuclear waste at Washington state’s Hanford Site collapsed, forcing an evacuation of some workers. Officials detected no release of radiation.