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.

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.

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


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)


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.

Proposed fracking deferred near Chaco Canyon

Coalition calls for halting of fracking pending more analysis of environmental, cultural impacts

FARMINGTON — At the end of December, a coalition of environmentalists and watchdog groups won a small victory when the Bureau of Land Management decided to defer leasing five Navajo allotment parcels, or approximately 2,803 acres, for hydraulic fracturing near Chaco Canyon.

Proposed Piñon Pipeline Draws Huge Outpouring of Opposition (Press Release 1/29/15)

More than 10,000 comments against the pipeline submitted to BLM before tomorrow’s deadline

In what is one of the largest outpourings of its kind in New Mexico’s history, more than 10,000 citizens from around the U.S. submitted comments this month against the proposed Piñon Pipeline. The response signals a growing national dissatisfaction with leasing our public lands for fossil fuel extraction, dissatisfaction with industrial development of our public lands, and with the related disruptions to health, wildlife, and the climate.

U.S. Forest Service Withdraws Oil and Gas Drilling Approval in the Gunnison National Forest, Headwaters of the North Fork Valley (Press Release 1/20/15)

Conservationists settle lawsuit after the government agrees to conduct a comprehensive environmental analysis of the drilling project

Conservationists have settled a lawsuit that challenged the U.S. Forest Service’s approval of a new natural gas drilling project in Colorado’s Gunnison National Forest without conducting the legally required analysis of environmental impacts. Following the conservation groups’ opening brief in the case, the Forest Service agreed to withdraw approval of the project.

Big stink over methane emissions (News 1/14/15)


Local industry leaders and environmental organizations are lining up for and against a White House announcement on Wednesday that federal agencies are preparing new rules to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas operations.

The Obama administration wants to cut emissions by between 40 and 45 percent below 2012 levels by 2025. It would be the first federal requirement to directly reduce methane releases into the atmosphere.

Obama Takes Unprecedented Steps to Cut Methane Pollution from Existing Sources on Public Lands (Press Release 1/14/15)

New BLM rules would significantly impact oil and gas operations in the Southwest

As part of the Obama administration’s plans announced today to cut methane pollution generated by America’s oil and gas industry, the White House said that the Bureau of Land Management would introduce new rules this spring aimed at reducing methane emissions from both new and existing oil and gas development on the nation’s public lands.

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