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.

Environmental groups sue BLM over horizontal drilling near Chaco Culture National Historical Park (News 5/12/15)

5/12/2015
Industry says activity is safe and current restrictions are adequate

A coalition of environmental groups have asked a federal judge to stop oil and gas production near Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

The groups sought an injunction on Monday against the Bureau of Land Management's permitting of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling activity near Chaco.

The suit, which names the BLM and the U.S. Interior Department as defendants, argues that the federal government is putting the environment, public health and the region's cultural resources at risk.

Conservation groups seek ban on new fracking around Chaco Canyon (News 5/12/15)

5/12/2015
More fracking threatens public health, historic treasures

Oil and gas drilling in the vicinity of the treasured Chaco Culture National Historical Park poses an imminent risk to irreplaceable resources, conservation groups said as the moved to block the federal government from approving any more permits.

Continued drilling threatens public health, clean air and water, and Navajo communities in the region, the groups said as they called on a federal judge to issue an injunction on oil and gas development in the Greater Chaco region.

Groups Seek to Stop Unstudied Chaco Fracking (Press Release 5/11/15)

5/11/2015
Motion Filed to Halt Drilling Approvals as Feds Turn Back on Health and Environment

Moving to defend culture, climate and communities, a coalition today moved to put a stop to new fracking approvals in the Greater Chaco Region of northwestern New Mexico.

Citing threats to public health, clean air and water, and Navajo communities in the region, the coalition called on a federal judge to issue an injunction on oil and gas development in the Greater Chaco region in light of the Bureau of Land Management’s illegal approval of hundreds of drilling permits.

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

4/28/2015
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)

4/20/2015
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)

4/16/2015
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)

4/12/2015

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)

4/01/2015

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)

3/17/2015

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.

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