Thirsty for Clean Water Thursday

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Dennis Lee Forsgren, a former lobbyist recently tapped to lead the Environmental Protection Agency office in charge of water safety, has deep ties to a fossil fuel advocacy group engaged in the promotion of the Dakota Access Pipeline as well as controversial offshore drilling efforts.

The appointment signals a victory for industrial opponents of clean water regulations. The department that Forsgren will now help oversee, the EPA’s Office of Water, is in charge of implementing the landmark Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water Acts passed in the early seventies. In that capacity it studies the toxic effects of fracking on groundwater safety, the downstream consequences of industrial pollutants, and the environmental impact of oil spills.

Before arriving at the EPA, Forsgren was an attorney for HBW Resources, a fossil fuel lobbying firm known for orchestrating campaigns on behalf of industry clients.

The public-facing side of Forsgren’s lobbying firm is the Consumer Energy Alliance, an astroturf advocacy organization managed by HBW Resources that works aggressively to build support for contentious oil and gas projects around the country.

@ TI

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7 Responses to Thirsty for Clean Water Thursday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Hope he is forced to drink whatever he finds safe.

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  2. Den says:

    Savages, the corporate variety, stealing what they want leaving the leftovers for the ‘little people’ to choke down. No one will reign them in so they continue to pillage unabated.

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  3. David B. Benson says:

    At least single payer health insurance is being discussed.

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  4. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Your “Summer in Michigan” made me laugh. I’d LOVE to see a storm like that. We’re not actually in a drought, but we ARE in a drought as I count those things. I’ve seen it worse than this, and we could get to that, we have a couple more summer months left.

    I’ve noticed all the leafed out trees, no matter what species, aren’t as lush as they can be. Lots of things look “piqued” to use a really old word. No bats, just a stray occasionally and that’s because there isn’t any food. No insects bother me on my walks, or when I’m working outside.

    It started to drizzle on my walk, and then it was over. Shoot. 😦

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  5. Den says:

    Another day gone by, nothing blew up….yet

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  6. Den says:

    New kitty box litter inspires some.

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  7. David B. Benson says:

    Another fine salmon sunset.

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