Beaver County Times
By Jared Stonesifer
October 24, 2018
PITTSBURGH — The acting administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency told a conference of oil and gas executives Wednesday morning that he is leading a “new EPA” that will focus on deregulation and a streamlined permitting process.
President Donald Trump in July appointed Andrew Wheeler as the acting administrator of the agency, and the president hinted earlier this week that Wheeler soon could become the permanent director.
Wheeler, 53, began his professional career with the EPA in the early 1990s but later became a lobbyist for the coal industry. On Wednesday, he came to Pittsburgh to deliver the opening keynote address of the Shale Insight Conference, an annual gathering of industry insiders from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.
During his speech in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Wheeler reassured those in attendance that they have a “new champion” in the White House in the form of Trump.