Environmental, Health, Sporting Organizations, Call On Interior Secretary Jewell, EPA Administrator McCarthy To Curb Methane Emissions From Oil And Gas Industry (press release 12.05.13)


A broad group of regional and national environmental and health organizations, joined by sporting and faith-based allies, today called on Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to substantially reduce emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry on public and private lands, as well as from offshore oil operations.

Desert Is no Place for Target Practice, Suit Says


PHOENIX (AZ) - North America's most biologically diverse desert, the Sonoran Desert National Monument, should not have to endure recreational shooting, three groups say.

In a new complaint, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Wilderness Society and Archaeology Southwest claim that the Bureau of Land Management's new resource-management plan allows recreational shooting on the monument in violation of a presidential proclamation and the Federal Land Management Policy and Management Act protecting the land.

Looking For Lynx Habitat (Eugene Weekly 6.6.13)


With thick fur and paws that work like snowshoes, the Canada lynx is a cat specialized for hunting in the snow. Already decimated by habitat destruction and overhunting, lynx are now facing the added danger of climate change, which may diminish their snowy habitats. 

Groups challenge fed handling of Navajo Mine assessment


WINDOW ROCK — Six conservation groups engaged in litigation regarding the expansion of Navajo Mine into Area 4 filed a letter Friday with the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement protesting OSM’s handling of a draft environmental assessment for the transfer of BHP Billiton’s Navajo Mine to the Navajo Nation.

On April 29, the Navajo Nation Council passed legislation to form Navajo Transitional Energy Co. LLC. Navajo informed OSM that it was seeking to purchase all interests in BHP Navajo Coal Co. from BHP Billiton New Mexico Coal by July 1.

Advocates Call On BLM To Change Policy Consistent with Court Order (press release 5.17.13 )

Twenty-nine organizations seek reversal of BLM’s policy that keeps secret the names of corporations that nominate public lands for oil and gas drilling

Just over three months ago, in a momentous victory for the public’s right to know and government transparency, U.S. District Court Senior Judge Richard P. Matsch ruled on February 13, 2013 that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) violated the public’s right to know when it concealed the identity of the entities that nominate public lands for gas drilling leases.

Protections for wolverines draw states' opposition



State officials in the Northern Rockies on Monday lined up against a federal proposal to give new protections to the carnivorous wolverine, as climate change threatens to melt the species' snowy mountain strongholds.

A pending U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal would declare the rare, elusive animal a threatened species across the Lower 48 states.

Wildlife Advocates Call For Endangered Species Status for Wolverine (press release 5.1.13)

The US Fish & Wildlife Service’s proposal to give wolverines the less-protective “threatened” status and failure to designate critical habitat ignore the scientific evidence and fall short of what is necessary to avoid extinction

Today, the Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) called on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) to provide greater protections for the wolverine, the rarest carnivore in the Lower 48. WELC’s comments, signed by 26 conservation groups from across the wolverine’s range in the West, were submitted as part of the public comment process on the Service’s proposed rule to federally protect wolverine under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). 

Judge Denies 11th Hour Attempt by Energy Industry Trade Group to Join FOIA Lawsuit in an Effort to Stop BLM from Releasing Names (press release 4.10.13)

Monday, April 15th Marks the Deadline for the BLM to Release Identity of who Nominated North Fork Valley Public Lands for Drilling and Fracking Leases

Late yesterday U.S. District Court Senior Judge Richard P. Matsch denied an 11th hour attempt by Western Energy Alliance, an energy industry trade group, to intervene in an already decided lawsuit that will bring full transparency to the oil and gas leasing process.

Air Quality May Be Part Of Public Trust: Ariz. Appeals Court


An Arizona appeals court on Thursday refused to revive a class action claiming that government officials have a legal responsibility to protect the atmosphere from pollutants like greenhouse gases, but explicitly rejected the state's argument that air quality cannot be considered part of the public trust.

Arizona Court Of Appeals Rules In Climate Case (press release 3.16.13)

Court Rejects Governor’s Argument That Legislature Can Defeat The Public Trust

In one of the Western states most severely affected by climate change, the Arizona Court of Appeals has just ruled that the atmosphere may be an asset of the public trust, but that Jaime Lynn Butler, a 12-year old native of the Navajo Nation, did not assert adequate grounds for it to decide whether Governor Jan Brewer and other state officials violated the Public Trust Doctrine in failing to control greenhouse gas emissions in Arizona.

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