Topic: Energy and the Environment

News Roundup: The Public Needs Answers

October 4, 2019
The pressure on the president and his administration has been even further intensified thanks to the release of damaging text messages sent by government officials.

Complaint: Western Values Project v. DOI — David Bernhardt’s Communications

August 21, 2019
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight on behalf of Western Values Project against the Department of the Interior for communications between Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and his former clients during his career as a lobbyist for the oil and gas industry.

FOIA to DOE for Communications with Jeff Miller

August 20, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Energy (DOE) for communications with lobbyist Jeff Miller, a former political aide to Secretary Rick Perry. American Oversight seeks to shed light on the extent of Mr. Miller's influence within the DOE.

FOIA to DOE Seeking Communications Between Secretary Perry and Michael Bleyzer

August 9, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Energy seeking all communications between Secretary Rick Perry and Michael Bleyzer, Natasha Bleyzer, or anyone associated with SigmaBleyzer. 

EPA Communications with Current Justice Officials and Former Lobbyists Jeffrey Clark and Jeffrey Wood

July 26, 2019
Environmental Protection Agency emails in response to our request seeking communications with Department of Justice officials Jeffrey Clark or Jeffrey Wood in their past lobbying positions.

EPA Communications with the American Chemistry Council, Chemours Company, and Holland & Knight

July 11, 2019
Environmental Protection Agency emails with the American Chemistry Council, Chemours Company, and Holland & Knight. These records contain discussion on Hexavalent Chromium, Formaldehyde IRIS assessment, and PFASs. American Oversight sought these records to determine if EPA political appointees held back a report on PFASs, a group of chemicals which can cause health issues.

No Records Response from DOE Regarding Communications with Certain NSC Officials

June 13, 2019
The Department of Energy stated that it had no records of communications between certain agency officials and three former National Security Council officials, Derek Harvey, K.T. McFarland and Michael Flynn, who were reportedly involved in a plan to sell nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia.

USFS Records of Communications Regarding Trump’s Tweets About Wildfires

June 6, 2019
The Department of Agriculture's Forest Service records in response to our FOIA seeking communications regarding President Trump's tweets about California wildfires.

No Records Response From Interior Regarding the Twin Metals Mining Leases

May 23, 2019
No records response from Interior's Office of the Solicitor to our request for communications regarding the mining leases of Twin Metals in Minnesota. These leases are held by a subsidiary of a company owned by Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s Washington, D.C. landlord.

No Records Response from DOE Regarding Contacts with Boyden Gray

May 14, 2019
Department of Energy stated that it had no records of communications with anyone from the law firm Boyden Gray & Associates. American Oversight has sought to uncover the extent to which the firm has been lobbying the Trump Administration.