Reforming Oil & Gas Operations

We are working to ensure oil and gas development in the American West does not undermine our transition to renewable energy, to protect wildlands and communities threatened with oil and gas leasing and drilling, and to reduce methane pollution and waste.

North Fork Parcels Back on the Auction Block

Despite Protests, BLM Says Oil-and-Gas Leasing Can Proceed

The BLM announced Friday, Nov. 16,  that it has put most of the disputed oil and gas lease parcels in the Paonia/Hotchkiss/Crawford area back on the block for the February 2013 lease sale.

BLM plans oil and gas lease sale in North Fork Valley over protests


The Bureau of Land Management on Friday said it would move forward with controversial plans to lease more than 20,000 acres of land in western Colorado's North Fork Valley for oil and gas development.

Seeing EPA Limits, Activists Push BLM To Control Methane In Fracking Rules (Inside EPA, 11.18.12)


Environmentalists are petitioning the Department of the Interior (DOI) to revise its pending proposal for oil and gas drilling on federal and tribal lands to set a host of strict emissions controls for cutting releases of the greenhouse gas (GHG) methane, a push that stems in part from EPA's lack of direct methane targets in its recent air rules for the sector.

The EPA’s First Fracking Rules — Limited and Delayed


The Environmental Protection Agency issued the first-ever national air pollution regulations for fracking on Wednesday.

Obama tightens oil and gas drilling regulations


NEW YORK -- The Obama administration tightened regulations on the oil and gas industry Wednesday, requiring drillers to capture emissions of certain air pollutants from new wells.

WELC's FOIA Lawsuit Seeks to Lift Veil of Secrecy from Oil & Gas Leasing on Public Lands (press release 6.26.12)

Community advocates seek court’s help after federal government refused to reveal the corporate players behind oil & gas lease sale

Today, Citizens for a Healthy Community (CHC) and the Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado to force the government to reveal the names of the individuals or corporations that nominated 30,000 acres of public lands in Colorado’s North Fork Valley for oil and gas drilling.

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