Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sen. Sessions failed to disclose that he is making money off oil leases

Much of the discussion around President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general has focused on whether Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is racist.
But another question worth raising is: Will he protect Americans from environmental degradation?
Early evidence suggests he won’t. As a senator, Sessions has longstanding ties to the fossil fuel industry. And, as it turns out, he is even an oilman himself, a fact that he did not disclose in federally mandated financial reports.
Earlier this week, the Washington Post discovered that Sessions had failed to disclose oil lease income from land he owns in the Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge. The land has been leased to an oil company, the paper reported.
“We reported the income on my [tax] return as coming from the property I own and the property the oil well is on,” Sessions told fellow senators during his confirmation hearing Tuesday. “I did not note in [the financial disclosures] report that it was specifically oil income.”
“I am troubled by any omissions,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), told the paper. “But this is particularly troubling because this ownership interest involves oil and gas holdings connected to a federal wildlife refuge.” Read full story here 

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