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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)

4/10/2013
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.

Canada Lynx Edges Closer to Extinction While Feds Drag their Feet (press release 3.14.13)

3/14/2013
Thirteen years after being listed as a threatened species, wildlife advocates take action to force a long-awaited recovery plan for Canada Lynx.

The Canada lynx was listed as threatened with extinction under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in March 2000, yet the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has yet to complete the required recovery plan to ensure the survival of the elusive cat. 

Wolves need protection (Register-Guard, 3.7.13)

3/07/2013
DeFazio asks the feds to extend their protected status

Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Ed Markey, D-Mass., along with 50 other members of the House of Representatives, have asked U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ash to continue existing federal Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves.

Ash, whose agency reportedly is close to removing federal protections for the wolves, should heed this unusual bipartisan request.

Federal Agency Ordered to Reveal Identity of Corporations Seeking to Lease Public Lands for Oil & Gas Drilling (press release 2.14.13)

2/14/2013
Court reverses BLM policy of keeping the nominators’ identity secret until after the lease sale

A federal court ruled yesterday that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) policy and practice of keeping secret from the public the identity of entities nominating public lands for oil and gas development is unlawful. 

Anniversary of OR-7’s Arrival in California Inspires New Wolf Alliance (press release 12.21.12)

12/21/2012
Coalition Formed to Chart New Course for Wolf Recovery in the Pacific States

Twenty-five wildlife conservation, education and protection organizations in California, Oregon and Washington today announced the formation of an alliance committed to recovering wolves across the region. The Pacific Wolf Coalition envisions populations of wolves restored across their historic habitats in numbers that will allow them to re-establish their critical role in nature and ensure their long-term survival.

Seeing EPA Limits, Activists Push BLM To Control Methane In Fracking Rules (Inside EPA, 11.18.12)

9/28/2012
InsideEPA

Environmentalists are petitioning the Department of the Interior (DOI) to revise its pending proposal for oil and gas drilling on federal and tribal lands to set a host of strict emissions controls for cutting releases of the greenhouse gas (GHG) methane, a push that stems in part from EPA's lack of direct methane targets in its recent air rules for the sector.

Obama tightens oil and gas drilling regulations

4/18/2012

NEW YORK -- The Obama administration tightened regulations on the oil and gas industry Wednesday, requiring drillers to capture emissions of certain air pollutants from new wells.

Politics, Science and Fiscal Cliffs

Scientists are better than politicians because scientists want to know if they're wrong.

Politicians - and their friends in the timber and cattle industries - don't give a damn. So long as the money rolls in: to them.

I see 5,000 lawsuits a week editing the Courthouse News page - stories of rape, murder, drugs, perversion, official corruption - revolting stuff.

Conservationists Fight Timber Industry’s Lawsuit Seeking To Limit Role Of Science In Public Lands Management (press release 9.10.12)

9/10/2012
The non-profit organizations join the lawsuit to preserve the U.S. Forest Service’s rules that utilize science to sustainably manage our public lands and protect clean water, clean air and wildlife.

The Western Environmental Law Center, on behalf of Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center and Oregon Wild, filed a motion today in federal district Court in Washington D.C. to fight a lawsuit that aims to drastically limit the use of science to help manage our national forests.

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