14 Dec '11, 7pm

Another Loophole for the Oil and Gas Industry in the Clean Railroads Act

This post was researched and written by NRDC Legal Fellow Matt McFeeley: Guess what? There is another loophole for the oil and gas industry in a federal environmental law. As NRDC has reported before, over the years the industry has persuaded Congress to carve out special exceptions in our major environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the infamous “Halliburton loophole” that exempted hydraulic fracturing from the Safe Drinking Water Act. The oil and gas industry has spent billions lobbying Congress for special treatment. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the industry spent $146 million on federal lobbying efforts in 2010 alone. Here’s another special exemption that not many people know about: the loophole for toxic oil and gas waste in the Clean Railroads Act of 2008. Prior to 2008, a federal statute called the Interstate Co...

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