MacGregor Methane Rule

Jimmy Tobias filed this request with the Department of Interior, Office of the Secretary of the United States of America.
Tracking #

DOI-OS-2019-000133

OS-2019-00162

Est. Completion None
Status
Fix Required

Communications

From: Jimmy Tobias


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all written or electronic communications, including attachments, sent or received by Katharine MacGregor that contain one or more of the following words or phrases: "methane rule", "waste prevention rule", "waste prevention", "venting and flaring", "VF" and/or "methane". This request seeks documents produced between March 15, 2017 and the date this request is processed.

I am a reporter for The Guardian.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Jimmy Tobias

From:

Mr Tobias,

Please find the attached FOIA Request - Acknowledgement Letter for
OS-2019-00162
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Department of the Interior
Office of the Secretary, FOIA Office
1849 C Street, NW, MS-7328
Washington, D.C. 20240
os_foia@ios.doi.gov
(202) 513-0765 - phone
(202) 219-2374 - fax

From:

Mr Tobias,

Please find the attached FOIA Request - Acknowledgement Letter for
OS-2019-00162

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Department of the Interior
Office of the Secretary, FOIA Office
1849 C Street, NW, MS-7328
Washington, D.C. 20240
os_foia@ios.doi.gov
(202) 513-0765 - phone
(202) 219-2374 - fax
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Department of the Interior
Office of the Secretary, FOIA Office
1849 C Street, NW, MS-7328
Washington, D.C. 20240
os_foia@ios.doi.gov
(202) 513-0765 - phone
(202) 219-2374 - fax

From: Department of Interior, Office of the Secretary

Dear Mr. Tobias,

Please find attached the 20 Day Letter for FOIA request OS-2019-00162.

Thank you,
Emily Karp
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Department of the Interior
Office of the Secretary, FOIA Office
1849 C Street, NW, MS-7328
Washington, D.C. 20240
os_foia@ios.doi.gov
(202) 513-0765 - phone
(202) 219-2374 - fax

From: Jimmy Tobias

Hi Emily,

Thank you for the note. I am of course still interested in this request, and am more than willing to work with you to prioritize and speed updocument release.

Please let me how you would like to proceed.

Sincerely,

Jimmy Tobias
248-763-0088

From: Department of Interior, Office of the Secretary

Good morning,

I took a little time to think about this request after we talked. I intend
to send you what we previously released to two FOIA requests, 17-541 and
18-323. They're basically all of the external communications (you can look
up the FOIA logs).

For your purposes, I think the best document set to look at would be
anything FROM Katharine MacGregor, plus the email chains. For that, I have
about 10,000 pages of records. We can cut it down a little more by taking
out "venting and flaring" and methane. No guarantee that we'll be
processing it as quickly because it is still a lot. However, the search we
ran would have captured all to/from/cc her. Just looking at internal emails
where she was in the to line, there's about 97,000 pages of records, which
will likely be in the exceptional/voluminous processing track.

Let me know,
Ryan
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Department of the Interior
Office of the Secretary, FOIA Office
1849 C Street, NW, MS-7328
Washington, D.C. 20240
os_foia@ios.doi.gov
(202) 513-0765 - phone
(202) 219-2374 - fax

From: Jimmy Tobias

That will work Ryan. Thank you.

Jimmy

From:

Please find attached a response letter for FOIA request OS-2019-00162.
Thanks,
Ryan

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Department of the Interior
Office of the Secretary, FOIA Office
1849 C Street, NW, MS-7328
Washington, D.C. 20240
os_foia@ios.doi.gov
(202) 513-0765 - phone
(202) 219-2374 - fax

From: Department of Interior, Office of the Secretary

Dear Mr. Tobias,

This email is in reference to several Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests that you have filed with the Department of the Interior's Office of the Secretary.

The requests, which are also attached for your reference, are:

Tracking Number

Legacy Tracking Number

Description

DOI-OS-2019-000133

OS-2019-00162

Any and all written or electronic communications, including attachments, sent or received by Katharine MacGregor that contain one or more of the following words or phrases: "methane rule", "waste prevention rule ", "waste prevention", "venting and flaring", "VF" and/or "methane".

This request seeks documents produced between March 15, 2017 and the date this request is processed.

DOI-OS-2019-000117

OS-2019-00163

Any electronic communications, including email attachments, sent or received by the following email address: dailybriefingbinder@ios.doi.gov<mailto:dailybriefingbinder@ios.doi.gov>.

This request seeks records produced between August 1, 2018 and the date this request is processed.

DOI-OS-2019-000647

OS-2019-00648

Any and all written or electronic communications, including attachments, between Penny Riggs and Susan Combs that contain one or more of the following words or phrases: "reorganization", "reorg", and/or "Texas".

This request seeks records produced between September 1, 2018 and the date this request is processed. When conducting your search, please include in your search any documents held on servers maintained by the OCIO.

A large volume of materials has been identified as being potentially responsive to these requests. Because of each request's large volume of potentially responsive records, we would like to discuss with you some ways to potentially narrow the scope of your requests to provide a more tailored response to the matters you are interested in and enhance the requests' processing.

Please do not hesitate to respond if you are amenable to discussing the above requests. In the interim, we will continue processing all of these requests.
Best regards,

Meetal

Meetal Reed -- FOIA Support Team -- Departmental FOIA Office

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