EPA has fought Big Coal, now will it take on Big Oil?

The US Environmental Protection Agency has angered coal miners with a crackdown on emissions. Now, the new head of the agency needs to decide whether to take on an even larger foe: Big Oil (via the fracking boom).

The past four years of US environmental regulation was marked by a crackdown on emissions that angered coal miners and power companies. Over the next four, the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency will have to decide whether to take on an even larger industry: Big Oil.

Following Lisa Jackson's resignation at the end of last year, her successor will inherit the tricky task of regulating a drilling boom that has revolutionised the energy industry but raised fears over the possible contamination of water supplies.

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