by Charlie Passut
NGI’s Shale Daily

Oklahoma Attorney General (AG) Scott Pruitt, considered an ally to the fossil fuel industry — and a longtime critic of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its alleged regulatory overreach — has been selected by President-elect Trump to lead the agency…

Energy & Environment Legal Institute President Craig Richardson called Pruitt’s appointment “reassuring” because of his background in state government. Hailing from Oklahoma, an important energy producer, is an added bonus.

“We encourage Mr. Pruitt to gear up for battle since draining the EPA swamp will be met with the utmost resistance from an entrenched and well-funded green industrial complex,” Richardson said. “We strongly encourage him to add a deputy administrator to his team who has significant EPA experience, who shares the President’s vision, and can protect that vision from a hostile agency staff.”

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