21 Mar '12, 7pm
Documents Reveal USDA Risking Lawsuits by Ignoring Own Staff On Fracking Mortgages Review
A major storm is brewing over the USDA ’s sudden about-face on fracking and environmental laws. On Tuesday, the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture pulled a 180-degree U-turn and decided to reverse the call made by his staff specialists, who advised that the agency immediately stop giving special exemptions from environmental laws to people applying for federal mortgages on properties with oil and gas leases. Now, environmentalists, members of Congress, and transparency groups are saying that something seems amiss and they are looking for answers.