Topic: Environment & Energy

Investigations Update: Militarization of Police, Covid-19 in Migrant Detention Centers, and Barr’s Political Interference

July 14, 2020
Here’s a look at the investigations our team has been pursuing through public records requests in the last week.

No Records Response from Yuma City Council in Ariz. Regarding Border Wall Construction

June 30, 2020
The Yuma City Council in Arizona stated that it had no records responsive to American Oversight's request for records regarding Fisher Sand and Gravel's plans to build a span of border barrier along the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge.

News Roundup: The Administration’s Failure to Confront Two National Crises

June 19, 2020
The Trump administration's responses to the deadly coronavirus pandemic and to nationwide protests against systemic racism in law enforcement have been both harmful and insufficient.

FOIA to OSTP Seeking Director Droegemeier’s Climate Communications

June 15, 2020
FOIA to the Office of Science and Technology Policy seeking the communications of Director Kelvin Droegemeier related to climate change.

No Records Response from Yuma County, Ariz., Regarding Border Wall Construction Records

June 11, 2020
Yuma County, Arizona, stated that it had no records in response to American Oversight's request for border wall records regarding Fisher Sand and Gravel's plans to build a span of border barrier along the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge.

No Records Response from EPA regarding Pruitt’s Involvement in Alberta Clipper Pipeline Expansion

June 10, 2020
Environmental Protection Agency stated that it had no records reflecting former Administrator Scott Pruitt's involvement in EPA's decision to allow the expansion of Enbridge's Alberta Clipper Pipeline. AO sought these records after it was reported that Pruitt got a sweetheart deal renting a DC condo that was owned by the wife of Enbridge's lobbyist.

No Records Response from USFS Regarding Communications Pertaining to Climate Assessments

May 29, 2020
The United States Forestry Service stated it had no records responsive to our request for communications from top officials containing key terms pertaining to reports addressing the worsening effects of global climate change.

DOE Calendar Entries for Communications with Assistant Sec. for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg and Trump Donor Bob Murray

May 28, 2020
Records from the Department of Energy reflecting calendar entries of phone calls between Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg and Robert Murray, a political donor to President Donald Trump and Secretary Rick Perry, or employees of Murray Energy or FirstEnergy.

DOE Records in Response to Request for Communications with FirstEnergy

May 27, 2020
Records from the Department of Energy of emails and documents concerning nuclear technologies. These records are a response to American Oversight's request for communications between the Office of Nuclear Energy Senior Advisor Suzanne Jaworowski and employees of FirstEnergy. FirstEnergy has strong ties to political donor Bob Murray's organization, Murray Energy.

News Roundup: One Firing, Multiple Scandals

May 22, 2020
Trump's firing of the State Department's inspector general has unearthed a series of concerning stories about the conduct of the very person who pressed for the firing — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.