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Big Oil Turns Attention to Regulators

08 Mar 2011  |   Damien Shirley

Tags: Clean Energy

It looks like Big Oil is looking for new ways to dismantle environmental safeguards.

Oil and gas industry lobbyists are beginning to focus on influencing the regulatory agencies responsible for protecting our environment, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Big Oil is looking to push back on policies such as the EPA's regulation of greenhouse gasses and hydraulic fracturing (a method of producing natural gas), as well as Interior Department restrictions on oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

The oil and gas industry--which spent $146.3 million on lobbying last year--is hoping that the election of new allies to Congress last year will help them head off regulatory attention through Congressional hearings. They are also hoping to influence the administration's environmental regulation by "finding allies that might get a warmer reception or have closer ties to the executive branch."

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