President Donald Trump's administration is bringing employees it sent home for the government shutdown back to work to prepare for offshore lease sales and to open new waters to drilling.
The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), in an revised contingency plan, says it is taking 40 workers off furlough to conduct lease sales, issue permits for seismic surveys and take the next step toward finishing a plan that would open more than 90pc of federal waters to oil and gas development.
The decision represents the latest effort by the Trump administration to avoid slowing down its energy agenda during a partial government shutdown in its 24th day. The US Bureau of Land Management has continued to process oil and gas drilling permits and hold meetings to open land in Alaska to oil and gas development.
That approach has raised red flags for environmentalists who say the administration is crossing the line on what activities can continue without appropriations from the US Congress. But it has softened the shutdown's effect on oil and gas companies hoping to gain a foothold in new federal areas before the end of the first term of the Trump administration.I read elsewhere that the federal oil and gas "business" would come to a screeching halt with the partial government shutdown, but I guess that was fake news.
I also read that folks would not get their "food stamps." In fact, "food stamps" will be sent out early.
By the way, Shelosi is still getting paid. President Trump takes no salary as president of the United States. In addition, he will be the first president ever to not visit his home while president. Trump "cut a deal" with NYC to not visit his home in NYC simply because the city cannot afford to paid for security. Instead, the president goes to his home in Florida where protection is paid for by all taxpayers.
During the shutdown, his own White House kitchen is shut down; he fends for himself. And pays for dinners with his own money when he invites visitors like the NCAA football champions.