Arizona

Lawsuit filed against U.S. over protections for rare wolf (News 7/2/15)

7/02/2015

A coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Thursday against U.S. wildlife officials arguing that the government's management plan for the endangered Mexican gray wolf, one of the most imperiled mammals in North America, does not go far enough.

The Western Environmental Law Center filed the suit on behalf of several organizations in a federal Arizona court, alleging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's plans for the wolves violate the Endangered Species Act and other laws.

Groups file suit to protect Mexican gray wolves in New Mexico and Arizona (Press Release 7/2/15)

7/02/2015
Challenge federal policies that further imperil endangered wild wolves

A coalition of local, regional and national conservation watchdog groups filed suit today to ensure the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service adopts policies that give endangered Mexican gray wolves a fair shot at recovery in their historic U.S. range.

Why is there a huge methane hotspot in the American Southwest? (PBS News Hour 6/3/15)

6/03/2015
A team of scientists scrambles to better understand a gigantic cloud of methane looming over the Four Corners region of the U.S. Southwest. This single cloud is believed to comprise nearly 10 percent of all methane emissions derived from natural gas in the United States. But its origins remain a mystery.

The Four Corners region of the southwest United States is a magnificent, otherworldly place, marked by red rock vistas, ancient cliff dwellings and sweeping blue sky. The names alone paint a picture of the landscape: The Painted Desert. The Petrified Forest. Monument Valley.

Court affirms forest planning rule (News 5/2/15)

5/04/2015

A U.S. District judge is outlining her rationale for rejecting a challenge of a federal that requires the U.S. Forest Service to rely on science and conservation biology when developing forest plans.

Court Throws Out Industry Challenge to 2012 Forest Rules (Press Release 4/30/15)

4/30/2015
USFS Will Continue to Use Science and Conservation Biology in Forest Plans

In March 2015, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the D.C. District Court issued an order rejecting an extractive industry challenge to the Obama Administration’s National Forest Management Act 2012 Forest Planning Rule. The challenge alleged that the rule inappropriately requires the U.S. Forest Service to use science and conservation biology when creating new forest plans, which guide management on 191 million acres of national forests. On April 28, the judge issued her opinion setting forth the basis for her decision.

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.

Court Decision Orders BLM to Reconsider Allowing Target Shooting in Sonoran Desert National Monument (Press Release 3/31/15)

3/31/2015
Directs agency to revise its management plan to better protect monument resources and visitor safety

Ruling two days after oral arguments closed, the Arizona District Court in Phoenix has ordered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to re-examine its decision to allow target shooting throughout Sonoran Desert National Monument, a quiet oasis of saguaro cacti and native desert life just an hour southwest of 6 million people in the Phoenix area.
 

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

1/15/2015

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.

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