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.

Drilling dims the star-bright night sky above N.M.'s shale frontier (E&E News 7/21/15)

7/21/2015

CHACO CANYON, N.M. -- It's 7:45 a.m. on a sunny June morning and a line is already forming outside the visitor center at Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The sign-up list for a moonlit walk through the park's most prized Pueblo ruins has only 30 spots, and the lights in the sky are promising a show tonight.

Later, as the sun sets over the West Mesa and the moon rises over the ancient walls of Pueblo Bonito, park ranger G.B. Cornucopia fixes his gaze on the Western sky.

Shocker Court Ruling: Cut Carbon Emissions to Save Humanity From Climate Change (News 7/23/15)

7/23/2015

What if the public, alarmed about government’s failure to do enough, fast enough, to stop climate change while there’s still time, could sue?

Nine hundred Dutch citizens have done just that—and won. The historic recent decision, rendered in June, is already inspiring lawsuits in other countries.

Meanwhile, in Washington State, a group of kids have won a case against the Department of Ecology, forcing it to “consider the undisputed current science necessary for climate recovery.”

Teaching old laws new tricks on climate front (Eugene Register-Guard 7/23/15)

7/23/2015

What responsibility do governments have to prevent runaway climate disruption? Do federal, state and local governments have a legal obligation to protect their citizens from harm by cutting greenhouse gas emissions? A number of recent court decisions suggest the answer is yes.

Youth activists meet with Gov. Inslee over emissions lawsuit (Seattle Times 7/20/15)

7/20/2015
Inslee met with youths who are suing the state to crack down on carbon emissions.

Gov. Jay Inslee met with five young climate activists and their attorney who are waging a legal battle to force the state Department of Ecology to crack down on carbon emissions.

The Friday meeting with the youths — aged 11 to 15 — was initially scheduled to last 20 minutes but ran for 90, according to Andrea Rodgers, a Western Environmental Law Center attorney who represents the young people .

Governor Inslee Hosts Washington Youth Petitioners To Discuss Their Climate Case Against The Department of Ecology (Press Release 7/20/15)

7/20/2015

On Friday, five young petitioners and their attorney arrived at Gov. Inslee’s office, but before entering the building they were met by a security guard who told them “sorry, but kids aren’t allowed in this building.” For these petitioners, the guard’s words came as no surprise.

Teens Are Suing Their States For Ruining The Planet (MTV News 7/16/15)

7/16/2015

The Earth is amazing but it is also a garbage pile mess. Thankfully, teens across the country who want to clean it up are taking matters into their own hands and suing the sh-t out of their states.

Judges Can Save Us From Climate Change, And They've Already Started (Daily KOs 7/6/15)

7/06/2015

A new trend is on the horizon. Concerned about the dangers of climate change and the violation of fundamental rights held by citizens, courts are requiring governments to take adequate actions to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Court considers oil moratorium at Chaco Canyon (Albuquerque Journal 7/13/15)

7/13/2015

Environmentalists and oil industry representatives faced off in federal court on Monday over oil drilling in the Mancos Shale near Chaco Culture National Historical Park in northwestern New Mexico.

A group of environmental organizations filed suit last March to force the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to conduct a new environmental impact study on the effects of oil production in the Mancos Shale near Chaco Canyon.

Sacred Lands Ban in Court (News 7/13/15)

7/13/2015
Environmental groups make their case against BLM's permitting practices

A judge is due to hear arguments today in Albuquerque in a lawsuit challenging the Bureau of Land Management’s approach of issuing one oil and gas development permit at a time, rather than considering the cumulative effects of all the wells in an area on public health, the environment and cultural resources.

Plaintiffs include San Juan Citizens Alliance, WildEarth Guardians, the National Resources Defense Council and Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment, being represented by attorneys from the Western Environmental Law Center and WildEarth Guardians.

Archaeologists call on feds to protect Chaco Canyon area (News 6/30/15)

6/30/2015

Tucked away among northwestern New Mexico's sandstone cliffs and buttes are the remnants of an ancient civilization whose monumental architecture and cultural influences have been a source of mystery for years.

Scholars and curious visitors have spent more than a century trying to unravel those mysteries and more work needs to be done.

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