Newly installed EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt cultivated a “close and friendly” relationship with oil and gas companies during his tenure as Oklahoma attorney general, a watchdog group charged Wednesday, pointing to documents showing Mr. Pruitt’s office worked hand in hand with fossil fuel companies to fight Obama-era energy regulations.
Two children were burned, one of them severely, at the Dakota Access camp evacuation Wednesday after remaining activists set fire to about 20 shelters and a vehicle in what was described as a departure ceremony.
Short of packing the protesters’ bags, North Dakota is doing everything it can to convince the remaining Dakota Access oil pipeline activists to meet Wednesday’s evacuation deadline with free bus tickets, food, hotel rooms and taxi rides.
New EPA administrator Scott Pruitt delivered the first batch emails to a watchdog group, adding new fuel to the debate over whether he’s too closely tied to the oil-and-gas industry.
At this point, the Standing Rock Sioux could use fewer Dakota Access pipeline protesters in the camps and more high-rollers at the reservation casino.