On Thursday, the Trump administration announced that it was rolling back Obama-era regulations for the protections of rivers and wetlands. This is not the first time the current government has done such a thing. In fact, it has successfully repealed or begun to rollback 95 environmental regulations since coming into power in 2017. The administration has throughout branded its initiative as a way to remove obstacles for business, especially the fossil fuel industry. This time around, farmers are the ones benefiting majorly from the change since they can more freely develop land where bodies of waters are present.
The Trump administration has around 25 rollbacks completed or started for regulations dealing with air pollution and emissions, the most of any single environmental regulation category. Notably, the administration is eliminating requirements for oil and gas companies to report methane emissions and calculate the “social cost of carbon,” an Obama-era rule meant to estimate the long-term benefits of reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
Regulations dealing with drilling and extraction is the second category with the most rollbacks, with 19 completed or in progress. Some significant changes to environmental regulations the Trump administration has accomplished include approving the Dakota Access pipeline, which runs less than a mile from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation; cutting the border of two national monuments in Utah; repealing water pollution regulations for fracking on federal and reservation lands and revoking EPA regulations that would have forced mines to prove they can pay to clean up pollution they are causing.