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The Hill article President Donald Trump’s efforts to protect the American oil and gas industry may be more important than ever as the administration prepares to launch a massive effort to revive the drilling and fracking industry.
Trump has vowed to revive a process that has been a source of consternation for environmentalists for years and have argued that it could lead to more pollution and endanger drinking water supplies.
In a speech Tuesday in Oklahoma City, Trump promised to bring the oil and natural gas industry back to life by creating jobs in drilling and production.
He called on the Obama administration to make sure the industry was safe and not vulnerable to environmental risks, but the administration has resisted.
Trump’s oil and oil industry adviser on energy, Mark Everson, told The Hill that the administration was committed to making sure that all oil and mining companies are safe and that the government did its due diligence to protect workers and the environment.
He said the administration’s approach to oil and coal would be different from other industries, and he said Trump would work to “restore jobs and prosperity in America.”
But Everson said the government will continue to make progress.
The administration has spent nearly $1 billion in the last year to promote drilling in the Bakken, Eagle Ford and Permian Basin, and is still waiting for the final permits from those regions to be issued.
Everson told The Associated Press that Trump’s new approach would focus on “economic development and jobs” and not just oil and energy.
“It’s not about drilling the oil,” he said.
“We want to work with our partners, not against them.”
Everson added that the president wants to work together with industry, but that he wants to focus on the “job creators” and would not allow the industry to be “politicized” to the detriment of workers.
Elandson said the president will seek to create new rules for energy companies that will include an increase in the minimum wage for oil and mineral exploration workers and a requirement for companies to provide safety training for workers.
“The president will make sure that these businesses that are doing the work of the American people, they’re not being politicized to the point where they’re being politicised to the exclusion of what’s actually going to benefit the workers,” he added.
Evedson said he is confident the Trump administration will find a solution that will be “fair to everyone.”
He said that while some may criticize the president’s proposal to put a moratorium on drilling in certain areas, the president has been committed to doing everything possible to “reclaim” the drilling industry from the Obama-era rules.
He added that there is “no doubt that the industry will thrive under the president and his policies.”
Everson said that Everson expects to be in Oklahoma on Wednesday for the White House’s announcement on the oil industry.
He declined to comment further on the president in the short time the administration is in Oklahoma.