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 Call for Fracking Moratorium in Four Corners (press release, 10.28.14)

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

A coalition of local and regional watchdog groups late yesterday demanded the U.S. Bureau of Land Management put the brakes on fracking in northwestern New Mexico until the agency can safeguard the climate, clean air and water, and the region’s cultural heritage.

U.S. Methane 'Hot Spot' Bigger than Expected (NASA Science 10.9.14)


Oct. 9, 2014: One small “hot spot” in the U.S. Southwest is responsible for producing the largest concentration of the greenhouse gas methane seen over the United States – more than triple the standard ground-based estimate -- according to a new study of satellite data by scientists at NASA and the University of Michigan.

Plan to Lease Santa Fe National Forest for Oil and Gas Drilling Risks Community Health and Cultural Resources (press release 10.20.14)

Litigation Prepared to Challenge Illegal 20,000 Acre Public Lands Lease

A broad coalition of local and national conservation groups announced plans to sue the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”), if the agency proceeds with the sale of 13 parcels (almost 20,000 acres of public lands) in the Santa Fe National Forest for oil and gas fracking.

Conservationists File for State Director Review of Extensive Oil Drilling Program on Western Colorado’s Public Lands (press release 7.17.14)

Groups Ask BLM Colorado State Director to Reverse Uninformed Decision that Authorized 108 New Oil Wells

Conservation groups filed a request for State Director Review (SDR) this week regarding the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) approval of 108 new oil wells in western Colorado, southeast of Grand Junction, at the foot of the Grand Mesa. The wells were approved through a faulty process that lacked the required public input and the mandated rigorous analysis of environmental impacts.

North Dakota oil wells drain energy and money (News 7.4.14)



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A defining sight in the booming oil fields of North Dakota is flames flaring from the top of wells -- burning off natural gas that escapes during pumping.

Today oil wells in the state burn about a third of the natural gas that comes when fracking for oil. North Dakota officials estimate that’s like burning about $50 million dollars a month.

Drilling encroaches on O’Keeffe’s ‘Black Place’ (Santa Fe New Mexican 6/22/14)


Sixty million years ago, New Mexico’s San Juan Basin east of Nageezi was a tropical forest with magnolias and fig trees. The rivers were full of fish, and mammals roamed the dry lands. Ash spewing out of nearby volcanoes spread over the land, laying down a layer of slippery black clay.

A triple win for energy, the economy and the climate (op-ed 5.3.14)


When it comes to natural gas, there is no shortage of debate. Some tout natural gas as a “bridge fuel” from coal to clean, renewable solar and wind energy. Others warn that natural gas is a “gangplank” to a destabilized climate.

But no matter your perspective, there is one facet of this debate where talk should end and action begin: the urgent need to prevent the unnecessary waste of methane into the atmosphere.

White House strategy to cut methane takes aim at oil industry (Fuel Fix 3.28.14)


WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday unveiled a broad strategy for curbing greenhouse gas emissions, including regulations clamping down on methane tied to oil and gas development.

The Obama administration’s new inter-agency methane strategy combines a mix of new and previously announced steps to rein in the short-lived but potent greenhouse gas released from landfills, oil wells, dairy farms and coal mining.

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