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.

Federal Agency Ordered to Reveal Identity of Corporations Seeking to Lease Public Lands for Oil & Gas Drilling (press release 2.14.13)

Court reverses BLM policy of keeping the nominators’ identity secret until after the lease sale

A federal court ruled yesterday that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) policy and practice of keeping secret from the public the identity of entities nominating public lands for oil and gas development is unlawful. 


Farmers, Ranchers, and North Fork Residents Applaud the Agency’s Decision

Today, the Bureau of Land Management announced the deferral of all 20 parcels in the North Fork Valley from the February 2013 oil and gas lease sale. In a release, the agency announced that the parcels would be addressed through ongoing planning efforts at the local BLM Uncompahgre Field Office. 

Community Group Prepares for Litigation as Last Resort to Protect Their Homes, Farms & Families from Fracking (press release 1.25.13)

Concerned Residents Continue to Call on BLM to Remove All North Fork Valley Parcels from the February BLM Oil & Gas Lease Sale

In a letter sent today to both state and national BLM officials, Citizens for a Healthy Community (CHC) is calling on the BLM to remove all 20 parcels and 20,555 acres in Western Colorado’s North Fork Valley from the BLM’s February Oil and Gas Lease Sale. Absent the BLM’s deferral of all parcels, the groups are calling on BLM to issue its final decision so that they may pursue legal action as a last resort to protect the community. 

Threats to Clean Water, Healthy Air and Thriving Local Economy Prompt Residents’ Protests of BLM’s Decision to Lease Colorado’s North Fork Valley for Oil and Gas Drilling (press release 12.17.12)

The protests filed with the Bureau of Land Management seeks removal of all 20 Parcels and 20,555 acres of public lands from the agency’s February 2013 Oil and Gas Lease Sale

Plans to open up public lands for natural gas fracking in Colorado’s North Fork Valley threaten to pollute the communities’ drinking and agricultural water supplies, breathable air, and a thriving rural economy.

Concerned Residents Ask Court To Immediately Release Names of Corporations Seeking To Frack On Public Lands Near Their Homes, Farms & Schools (press release 11.30.12)

Without this information, residents are denied the opportunity to fully participate in the public protest period that closes December 17.

With just over 2 weeks remaining for the public to protest the plan to lease 20,000 acres of public lands surrounding the North Fork Valley to oil-and-gas developers, Citizens for a Healthy Community (CHC) and the Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) have asked a court to require the federal government to immediately release the names of the corporations that nominated these public lands for drilling. The groups filed a preliminary injunction late yesterday in the U.S.

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.

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