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.

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.

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)

3/11/2015
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)

2/16/2015

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.

National Coalition Plus Tens of Thousands Submit Comments Opposing West Coast Fracked Gas Export Plan (Press Release 2/13/15)

2/13/2015

On behalf of a diverse national coalition, including conservation, commercial fishing and private property owners, the Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) and Sierra Club submitted comments today to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) opposing what would become the first gas export terminal on the West Coast. In addition, more than 25,000 citizens, including businesses, ranchers, youth, climate activists, property rights advocates, anglers, and a Native American tribe sent comments critical of FERC’s analysis of the project.

Oil Industry Creeps Up On Chaco Communities (KUNM Radio Interview 2/12/15)

2/12/2015

KUNM Call In Show 2/12/15 8am:

Listen to the show (54:23)

Oil and gas development may be moving closer to Chaco Canyon National Historical Park and the many tribal communities in northwestern New Mexico. Residents there, along with archaeologists and advocates, are questioning the burgeoning development.

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