Home Daily News Trump considers using disaster aid for border… Trials & Litigation By Debra Cassens Weiss Posted January 11, 2019, 9:24 am CST President Donald Trump/Shutterstock.com. Lawsuits are being threatened as President Donald Trump reportedly considers using money for disaster aid or military construction projects to build his border wall without congressional approval. Trump’s focus on disaster relief was reported by the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. All the stories rely on unnamed sources. The idea is to tap a $13.9 billion fund approved in February 2018 to provide disaster relief for Puerto Rico, Texas, California and Florida. One possible legal impediment is the Stafford Act, a law governing disaster relief, according to the New York Times. There could also be challenges to an emergency declaration that is needed before Trump can use unused funds under the National Emergencies Act of 1976. Several experts have noted that … [Read more...] about Trump considers using disaster aid for border wall; who will sue?
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Updated 6:55 pm PST, Friday, January 4, 2019 This Oct. 8, 2015, remote photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity shows a rare coastal Pacific marten in the Oregon Dunes in the Siuslaw National Forest, Ore. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has agreed to a specific timeline to consider a petition from environmental groups that want to ban the trapping of the Humboldt marten, a mink-like species. The settlement signed Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, says ODFW will hold a hearing on the environmentalists' petition before November. (Mark Linnell/U.S. Forest Pacific Northwest Research Station and Oregon State University via AP) less This Oct. 8, 2015, remote photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity shows a rare coastal Pacific marten in the Oregon Dunes in the Siuslaw National Forest, Ore. The Oregon Department of Fish and ... more Photo: Mark Linnell, AP … [Read more...] about State agrees to timeline for Humboldt marten rules hearing
By Peter Hegarty | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: January 3, 2019 at 6:13 am | UPDATED: January 3, 2019 at 9:42 am HAYWARD — Hayward has come out against the Trump administration’s plans to allow new oil and gas drilling off the California coast, saying it could undermine the city’s regional shoreline. Approximately 75 California cities or counties have passed resolutions opposing expansion of drilling along the coast, a move that the administration announced in January last year as part of allowing drilling in nearly all United States coastal waters. Giving energy companies access to areas where they can secure leases to carry out offshore drilling will create jobs and help make the country more energy self-sufficient, according to supporters. But opponents say the move will contribute to climate change and sea level rise, which will threaten the Bay Area environment. “Maybe we don’t have an ocean coastline, but we … [Read more...] about Hayward comes out against proposal for offshore drilling
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration last week proposed a streamlining of federal clean water rules that will thrill Western New York farmers. No longer will they have to worry about Obama-era regulations that left them thinking they might have to get federal approval to dig a ditch. Developers and energy interests are thrilled, too, because the new Trump rules would open countless acres of America to development and drilling without any costly federal permitting process. But to hear environmentalists tell it, those costs and then some have merely been shifted – to anyone who cares about clean water. Environmentalists worry about increased pollution flowing into the Buffalo River and Lake Erie. They worry that drinking water supplies will be dirtier and more expensive to clean up. They worry that wetlands and the creatures that live there will disappear. Such are the ramifications of what both sides agree could be the biggest shake-up of federal water pollution regulations … [Read more...] about Trump water changes a boost for farmers – but how will they impact Lake Erie?
SEATTLE — With scientists warning that the Northwest's beloved killer whales are on the brink of extinction, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced dramatic plans Thursday to help the population recover — including $1.1 billion in spending and a partial whale-watching ban. "We are undertaking a herculean effort to save these iconic creatures," Inslee said in a prepared statement. "It will take action at every level of the environment across our entire state." Starved by a dearth of salmon, poisoned by contaminants, and buffeted by vessel noise that hinders their hunting and communication, the orcas that live in the waters between Washington state and Canada's Vancouver Island have failed to reproduce successfully in the past three years. One grieving whale carried her dead calf on her head for 17 days last summer in an apparent effort to revive it. There are 74 left in the population, the lowest number since the 1970s, when hundreds of orcas were captured in the region and … [Read more...] about Washington governor proposes major steps for orca recovery