Climate & Energy

Our world is warming, with dire consequences to the American West’s communities, lands, rivers, and wildlife.

Diverse Coalition Files Challenge of Risky Foreign Energy Project

1/19/2010
The new LNG terminal and pipeline threatens private property and irreplaceable natural resources.

A coalition of environmentalists, local landowners and fishermen filed a petition for rehearing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding its December 2009 decision to approve the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas terminal and Pacific Connector pipeline.

Pioneering Federal Climate and Energy Lawsuit to Move Forward (press release)

2/10/2010
The lawsuit, filed last year, seeks to safeguard the climate by requiring BLM to account for the climate change impacts of its oil and gas leasing decisions.

A Federal Judge has rejected an attempt by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to dismiss a pioneering lawsuit filed by conservation groups. The lawsuit, filed last year, seeks to safeguard the climate by requiring BLM to account for the climate change impacts of its oil and gas leasing decisions.

Federal Court Approves Settlement Agreement Between Conservation Groups and Federal Government in Pioneering Climate and Energy Lawsuit (press release 3.18.10)

3/18/2010
Agreement creates opportunity for BLM to consider proven, cost-effective measures to reduce climate pollution from oil and natural gas development.

In a settlement agreement approved by the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana filed between conservation groups and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, BLM has promised the conservation groups that it will take another look at four separate decisions, reached in 2008, to issue 61 oil and natural gas leases covering over 30,000 acres in Montana to evaluate climate change concerns. The oil and natural gas leases would be suspended pending the completion of that review process.

Coalition Challenges EPA Over Pollution from Ships, Aircraft and Non-road Engines

6/11/2010
EPA fails to regulate major sources of global warming pollution

Washington, D.C. - A day after the US Senate voted to uphold the US Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases, a coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit today challenging EPA’s failure to address such pollution from ocean-going ships, aircraft and nonroad vehicles and engines used in industrial operations.

Field-burning ban takes off

6/08/2010
The state’s new legislation to end the practice has some leeway for farmers facing extreme hardship

Field burning smoke in the southern Willamette Valley this summer will be a wisp compared with every previous year for the past half-century, during which thick black plumes and a gray ground-level haze typically marred many a summer day.

Reducing Risk of Climate Change from BLM actions

The threat of global warming and climate change presents us with a defining moment. We believe that the federal stewards of our public lands – the U.S. Bureau of Land Management – are part of this defining moment. We’ve taken action to ensure that BLM addresses the significant emissions of greenhouse gases from oil and gas leasing and development, reduces these emissions by implementing proven, cost-effective measures, and ensures the resiliency our wildlands in the face of climate change impacts.

Drilling the Climate (press release)

4/23/2008
Colorado Oil and Gas Auction to Fuel Global Warming, BLM Ignoring its Responsibility to Protect Colorado’s Climate

A coalition of local, regional, and national citizens groups today challenged the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s decision to open up more than 174,000 acres of Colorado to oil and gas drilling without taking action to protect Colorado’s climate. Despite the growing dangers of climate change to Colorado, the agency is ignoring the natural gas industry’s global warming pollution as it feverishly promotes a runaway drilling boom.

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