How to Depopulate a Sentence


Start with a sentence that has characters and actions in subjects and verbs (characters are CAPITALIZED, actions are boldfaced):


In regard to what X had to report about how X's PROJECTED PETROLEUM PRODUCTION FACILITIES would affect the environ-ment, X believed that while THE EPA had retained the same regulations, IT had shifted its policy. THE EPA then required that COMPANIES SUCH AS X make de novo studies and estimate how THEIR NEW FACILITIES would affect the environ-ment if THEY produced amounts of petroleum that THE EPA considered material.
 
 
* Change the verbs, nominalizing or making them passive:


In regard to X's reporting about the effects of X's PROJECTED PETROLEUM PRODUCTION FACILITIES on the environ-ment, it was believed by X that despite EPA retention of the same regulations, there had been a shift in ITS policy. There was then a requirement by THE EPA for de novo studies on the part of COMPANIES SUCH AS X and estimates as to the effects of THEIR NEW FACILITIES on the environment, if the amounts of THEIR petroleum products might be considered material by THE EPA.
 
 
* Then just drop out all the characters:
In regard to [ ] reporting about the effects [ ] on the environment, it was believed [ ] that despite [ ] retention of the same regulations, there had been a shift in [ ] policy. There was then a requirement [ ] for de novo studies [ ] and estimates as to the effects on the environment if the amounts of [ ] petroleum products might be considered material [ ].