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.

Fighting Fossils, Letting Go of Regulatory Law (News 4/28/15)

Oregon county embraces a community rights approach to challenge local liquefied natural gas terminal

US fossil fuel exports are on the rise. The fall in global oil prices has bolstered already determined efforts to lift the 1975 ban on US crude oil exports. And as hydrofracking operations continue to expand, the industry is scrambling for regulatory approval to build a network of pipelines and terminals to transport natural gas around the country and worldwide.

On a methane mystery tour in the Four Corners region (High Country News 4/20/15)

Scientists, planes and instruments descend on San Juan Basin to find roots of the massive greenhouse gas hotspot.

When you get a bunch of scientists together on a Friday morning to talk about hyperspectral imaging, isotopes and teragrams, you probably don’t expect a big turnout. Yet on April 17, some 200 people crowded a classroom at San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico, to hear scientists do just that. Okay, the crowds were not there for the technical stuff, per se, but to hear about the current effort to unravel the mysteries of the now notorious Four Corners Methane Hotspot, a massive concentration of potent greenhouse gas detected by a satellite between 2003 and 2009.

United Conservation Community Submits Comments to BLM on Proposed Bull Mountain Drilling Plan (Press Release 4/16/15)

Groups request conservation measures to protect important resource values in Colorado’s farm-to-table capital, the North Fork Valley

Conservationists submitted extensive and detailed comments today calling on the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to give greater balance to conservation issues in their consideration of a proposed large-scale drilling project in the North Fork of the Gunnison River watershed.

Oil and gas industry must cut dangerous methane releases (WELC Op-ed 4/14/2015)


Natural gas, the fuel many Americans use daily to cook meals and heat our homes, is made mostly of methane. Natural gas also comes with a “cleaner than coal” reputation when burned to generate electricity.

But too many leaks in the supply chain can quickly overwhelm this advantage, as it has in the Four Corners region, and solutions are desperately needed.

Oral Arguments for Youth’s Landmark Climate Change Lawsuit Held in Eugene at Lane County Circuit Court (Press Release 4/1/15)


WHAT: Two Eugene youths’ climate change case, Chernaik v. Brown, will be argued before Judge Karsten Rasmussen and in front of national news media at Lane County Circuit Court. Oregonians from across the state are coming to support these young women in their fight for state action on climate change. Supporters will also be participating in a special climate change tribunal and silent vigil, organized by the 350 Eugene chapter, outside the courthouse.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Court hearing begins at 2:30 p.m. PST

WHERE: Lane County Circuit Court

Washington Youth’s Climate Case Moves Forward (Press Release 3/17/15)


Today, eight young citizens of Washington state filed their opening brief in their climate change case, Zoe & Stella Foster v. Washington Department of Ecology, to King County Superior Court.

Groups sue feds to prevent drilling in Chaco region (AP 3/12/15)

A coalition of environmental groups on Wednesday challenged federal land managers over the approval of dozens of oil and gas drilling permits in northwestern New Mexico.

The groups filed their lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Interior Department in federal court as a small group of activists rallied outside the state Capitol. The activists said more development and hydraulic fracturing could harm the environment and sites such as the Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

Groups File Suit to Protect Greater Chaco Region From Dangerous Fracking (press release 3/11/15)

Feds Approving Oil Drilling at Expense of Public Health, Cultural Treasures, Safe Climate

A coalition of local, regional, and national watchdog groups filed suit today to put the brakes on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s ongoing approval of fracking in the Greater Chaco region of northwestern New Mexico. The suit comes as community members and organizations today are rallying at the New Mexico State Legislature in support of a moratorium on fracking in Greater Chaco.

Jordan Cove Comment Period Comes To A Close (Jefferson Exchange Radio Interview 2/13/15)


Susan Jane Brown and Lesley Adams weigh in on Jordan Cove and the comments on it.

Listen to this radio show (22:15)

A federal comment period on the Jordan Cove gas terminal plan just closed (Friday 2/13), and it closed with a bang.

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