Murray Energy Action Plan

Daniel Tait filed this request with the Department of Energy of the United States of America.
Tracking #

HQ-2018-00386-F

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Completed

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From: Daniel Tait

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Any and all materials sent electronically and/or given in person to Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Chief of Staff Brian McCormack from representatives of Murray Energy for their meeting on March 29, 2017.

As reported on December 6, 2017 by InTheseTimes and December 8, 21017 by the Washington Post, Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray presented Secretary Perry with an action plan for "achieving reliable and low cost electricity". The document from Mr. Murray was dated March 23, 2017.

A photo of the cover letter of this document has been attached to assist you in locating the target documents. Links to the original articles from InTheseTimes and the Washington Post can be found here:

http://inthesetimes.com/features/murray_energy_trump_doe_coal_industry_grid_plan.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/an-american-energy-plan-straight-from-coal-country/2017/12/08/1f207a26-d6ab-11e7-a986-d0a9770d9a3e_story.html

Additionally, the InTheseTimes article states, "Energy officials also received a thick packet of six draft executive orders to roll back the “anti-coal regulations of the Obama Administration.” I am also requesting a copy of these draft executive orders.

Regards,
Daniel Tait

From: Department of Energy

Dear Mr. Tait,

Attached is the acknowledgement letter for your DOE FOIA request HQ-2018-00386-F.

Thank you,

Anjelica Ruda

From: Department of Energy

Dear Mr. Tait,

Attached is a copy of the interim letter for your DOE FOIA request HQ-2018-00386-F.

Thank you,

Susan A. Rodriguez
Central Research, Inc., Contractor
U.S Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20585
Office: (202)586-6097

From: Daniel Tait

Hello,

Is there an update on this FOIA request?

Thanks,
Daniel

From: Department of Energy

Dear Mr. Tait,

We are continuing to process your request and hope to a response to you soon. This is one of several requests we have on this subject, so we are grouping them all together and processing the requests at the same time.

Thank you,

Anjelica Ruda

From: Daniel Tait

Hello,

Can you update me on the status of this request?

Daniel

From: Department of Energy

Good Morning Mr. Tait,

We are continuing to process your request and hope to have a response to you soon.

Thank you,

Anjelica Ruda

From: Daniel Tait

Anjelica,

I still haven’t heard anything on this request. What is your phone number?

Thanks,
Daniel

From: Department of Energy

Dear Mr. Tait,

My number is 202-586-1355. Let me know when you want to discuss.

Thank you,

Anjelica Ruda

From: Department of Energy

Dear Mr. Tait,

As an update, we are processing the documents responsive to your request separately from the larger set of documents responsive to requests related to your request. This should allow us to process the documents faster and we hope to have a response to you in the next couple of weeks.

Thank you,

Anjelica Ruda

From: Department of Energy

Good Afternoon Mr. Tait and Ms. Smaczniak,

Per my conversation with Ms. Smaczniak, please find attached the previously released Murray Energy documents we discussed. Also as we discussed, you have agreed to accept these in lieu of a formal response to the above referenced FOIA request and have waived the appeal rights for these documents. However, if you have any questions or would like any additional information, I'd be happy to help.

Below is a copy of the request:

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The requester amended his request to have the following custodian's searched:

Secretary Rick Perry
Brian McCormick
Catherine Jereza
Martin Dannenfelser Jr.
Travis Fisher
Alex Fitzsimmons
Doug Matheny
Daniel Simmons

Dan Brouillette

Patricia Hoffman

Shari Davenport

If you have any questions, please let me know.
Best Wishes,

Melissa

From:

Thanks, Melissa. Per our phone conversation, I am confirming that the terms of our agreement is based upon your representation that the documents produced in response to this separate FOIA encompass all documents responsive to the Energy and Policy Institute FOIA request and, further, that the only redactions to the responsive documents are to obscure personal cell phone information.

All the best,

Kim

Kim Smaczniak
Clean Energy Staff Attorney
Earthjustice
1625 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Suite 702<x-apple-data-detectors://1/1>
Washington, DC 20036-2243<x-apple-data-detectors://1/1>
T: 202.797.5247<tel:202.797.5247> or 202.667.4500 Ext. 5247<tel:202.667.4500;5247>
F: 202.667.2356<tel:202.667.2356>
earthjustice.org<http://www.earthjustice.org/>

From: Department of Energy

Kim,

You are correct. The documents sent over encompasses all the responsive records for HQ-2018-00386-F and includes an additional document regarding Murray Energy's 202 (c ) request sent in August of 2017. The only redactions are on pages 1, 2, 4, and 5 to remove cell phone numbers.

Please let me know if you have any other questions.
Best Wishes,
Melissa

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