Donald Trump and America’s wetland
President Trump, who says he wants to address our deplorable infrastructure, could start with saving our coastal infrastructure, which aids both the environment and our energy economies.
Five previous presidents came into office with little knowledge that one of the nation’s biggest environmental disasters was awaiting their action at the mouth of the Mississippi River. As each in turn would learn, the continued loss of coastal Louisiana to erosion and encroaching tides could easily mean disaster for the U.S. economy. Soon President-elect Trump will come face-to-face with this issue, and time will tell if he will try to wait out the consequences as some others have done, or embrace the issue as part of his advocacy to restore America’s crumbling infrastructure. . . .
An earthquake that rocked the nation’s oil storage hub at Cushing, Okla., a week ago has pushed Oklahoma regulators to shut more of the wells used to dispose of wastewater from drilling, which scientists have tied to increased seismic activity in areas near oil and gas fields.
Texas, however, is moving more slowly to regulate the disposal of drilling wastewater, which is produced by the millions of gallons in hydraulic fracturing operations and pumped into deep wells. . . .