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U.S. Plans for Jobs, Justice Hinge on Mine Cleanup, Haaland Says

July 13, 2021, 10:04 PM

The $16 billion the White House is proposing to reclaim abandoned mines and halt methane leaking from orphan oil and gas wells represent a start to advancing environmental justice and creating jobs, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said Tuesday in Pennsylvania.

She also said Interior is complying with a federal court order to re-start oil and gas leasing. The department’s actions regarding the order have come under scrutiny by Congressional Republicans.

Haaland and White House National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy visited a coal-mine tailings pile in the process of being reclaimed and turned into a public park near Donaldson, Pa., northeast ...

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