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Alaska Attorney General agrees EPA unlawfully expanding its powers

Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty

Count Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty in the chorus of voices decrying the bullying tactics of the EPA in its efforts to shut down an important resource project before it’s even had the chance to apply for permits.

Geraghty wrote in a March letter to Dennis McLerran, Regional Administrator of EPA Region X, “We believe that EPA’s actions in using the Watershed assessment to address the pending petition are unlawfully preemptive, premature, arbitrary, capricious and vague.”

Legal Newsline reports:

EPA’s watershed assessment effort reaches well beyond any process or authority contemplated by the [Clean Water Act]…

…it conflicts with federal and state law, lacks scientific credibility and violates state and private mineral rights…

Various federal judges – including Supreme Court Justices – have described the EPA’s conduct as “outrageous” or “exceeding its authority.”

The Pebble Mine project continues to be under threat from this unconstitutional expansion of power by the EPA. You can take action via Resourceful Earth by sending a letter to your Representative and Senators telling them to stop the EPA and their bullying tactics here.

For further reading:
Alaska AG says EPA’s actions ‘unlawful’ (Legal Newsline)
Obama’s “None Of The Above” Energy Policy (Wizbang Blog)
Big Green pushes for EPA power grab to stop Pebble Mine (Washington Examiner)

 

EPA’s Lisa Jackson takes preemptive strike on Pebble mine

CEI Director, Myron Ebell, is stunned at the behavior of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lisa Jackson. Read here to learn why: http://pajamasmedia.com/tatler/2011/03/31/guest-post-epa-chief-lisa-jacksons-conduct-grossly-improper/

Here’s the full excerpt:

Guest post: EPA chief Lisa Jackson’s conduct ‘grossly improper’

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is hosting a reception at the Supreme Court today for various opponents of the proposed Pebble Mine project in Alaska.  Politico’s Morning Energy reports that one of the attendees will be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson.  And I have heard that Jackson will be speaking to the group.

Jackson’s conduct is grossly improper.  Environmental pressure groups have petitioned the EPA to deny a Clean Water Act permit for the mine before the company developing it has even applied for the permit.  Appearing at what is essentially a pep rally for those opposing the mine means that Jackson has already taken sides in the bitter political and legal dispute.

Myron Ebell
Director, Center for Energy and Environment
Competitive Enterprise Institute