Nonprofit Sees Threat to Lynx in Fed Project (News 4/27/15)


A federal vegetation management project on more than 10,000 acres of Colorado's San Isabel National Forest would harm the region's already endangered lynx population, greens claim in a lawsuit.

The complaint filed by WildEarth Guardians seeks to stop a 10-year vegetation treatment plan, dubbed the Tennessee Creek Project, that would mostly take place in the Leadville Ranger District of the national forest.    

Suit Filed to Protect Lynx Denning Habitat in Pike-San Isabel National Forest (Press Release 4/27/15)

Guardians Calls on Court to Halt Illegal Logging from Tennessee Pass to Halfmoon Creek

DENVER — Out of concern that heavy logging would ruin landscapes spanning from the beloved and heavily recreated Tennessee Pass to Halfmoon Creek, conservationists filed suit late last week against the U.S. Forest Service to halt its “Tennessee Creek Project.” For WildEarth Guardians, represented by the Western Environmental Law Center, destruction of lynx denning habitat is a key issue. Lynx are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and should be protected by logging prohibitions built into each national forest management plan. 

United Conservation Community Submits Comments to BLM on Proposed Bull Mountain Drilling Plan (Press Release 4/16/15)

Groups request conservation measures to protect important resource values in Colorado’s farm-to-table capital, the North Fork Valley

Conservationists submitted extensive and detailed comments today calling on the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to give greater balance to conservation issues in their consideration of a proposed large-scale drilling project in the North Fork of the Gunnison River watershed.

Oil and gas industry must cut dangerous methane releases (WELC Op-ed 4/14/2015)


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.

U.S. Forest Service Withdraws Oil and Gas Drilling Approval in the Gunnison National Forest, Headwaters of the North Fork Valley (Press Release 1/20/15)

Conservationists settle lawsuit after the government agrees to conduct a comprehensive environmental analysis of the drilling project

Conservationists have settled a lawsuit that challenged the U.S. Forest Service’s approval of a new natural gas drilling project in Colorado’s Gunnison National Forest without conducting the legally required analysis of environmental impacts. Following the conservation groups’ opening brief in the case, the Forest Service agreed to withdraw approval of the project.

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


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.

Obama Takes Unprecedented Steps to Cut Methane Pollution from Existing Sources on Public Lands (Press Release 1/14/15)

New BLM rules would significantly impact oil and gas operations in the Southwest

As part of the Obama administration’s plans announced today to cut methane pollution generated by America’s oil and gas industry, the White House said that the Bureau of Land Management would introduce new rules this spring aimed at reducing methane emissions from both new and existing oil and gas development on the nation’s public lands.

Hunters and Conservationists Join Forces to Protect Imperiled Wolverines (press release 10.20.14)

Suit Challenges Feds’ Failure to Protect Rare Carnivore from Extinction

Today, a unique coalition of conservationists, animal welfare activists, hunters, anglers, and an ecologist sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) in U.S. District Court of Montana for refusing to protect rare wolverines from extinction under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Fewer than 300 wolverines remain in the contiguous United States.

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.

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