White House strategy to cut methane takes aim at oil industry (Fuel Fix 3.28.14)


WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday unveiled a broad strategy for curbing greenhouse gas emissions, including regulations clamping down on methane tied to oil and gas development.

The Obama administration’s new inter-agency methane strategy combines a mix of new and previously announced steps to rein in the short-lived but potent greenhouse gas released from landfills, oil wells, dairy farms and coal mining.

Proposed Development of Oil and Gas Threatens Farming and Ranching Communities in the Upper North Fork Valley (press release 1.31.14)

Conservationists File Suit to Protect Wildlife Habitat and Clean Water from Irresponsible Oil and Gas Development

Conservationists filed suit today challenging the federal government’s approval of a new natural gas development in the Gunnison National Forest without conducting the legally required analysis of environmental impacts. The plan calls for as many as five gas wells near the Little Henderson Creek, part of the headwaters of the North Fork of the Gunnison River.  

Proposal to Strip Federal Wolf Protections Faces Strong Opposition (press release 12.17.13)

Over 100,000 Pacific West residents urge U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to maintain protections for gray wolves

Demonstrating Americans’ broad opposition to the Obama administration’s plan to strip Endangered Species Act protections from gray wolves, members of the Pacific Wolf Coalition submitted 101,416 comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today favoring continued wolf protections. The comments on behalf of the coalition’s members and supporters in the Pacific West join 1 million comments collected nationwide expressing Americans’ strong disapproval of the Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to remove federal protections from gray wolves across most of the continental United States.

Groups call for federal regulations to curb methane leaks (Washington Post, 12.4.13)


Ninety health, environmental and sportsmen’s groups asked the federal government Thursday to clamp down on the release of methane gas by the petrochemical industry, asserting that the United States cannot reach its goal for reducing heat-trapping emissions without addressing the issue.

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.

Government Transparency Advocates Challenge BLM’s New Policy Allowing Corporations to Anonymously Nominate Public Lands for Drilling (press release 11.22.13)

45 organizations object to BLM’s new policy thwarting historic public right to know court victory.

Today, a broad-based coalition of 45 local and national organizations call on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to make fully transparent the process where private interests nominate public lands for oil and gas drilling and fracking.

Rare oil-drilling project draws gusher of a response


Up Purdy Mesa east of Whitewater on a recent afternoon, Fram Operating LLC manager David Cook watched a rig rise from the ground in preparation for drilling what is an oddity these days in the region — a well to produce oil rather than natural gas.

The Colorado company, partly owned by Norway-based Fram Exploration, had initially intended to pursue natural gas development on leases within what’s called the Whitewater federal unit, stretching from almost Palisade south into Delta County. But that was before gas prices plummeted starting in 2008.

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. 

USFS Withdraws Gas Drilling Permit

Possible Precedent-setting Decision

NORTH FORK VALLEY – The U.S. Forest Service Paonia Ranger District announced on June 14 that it is withdrawing its decision to approve an oil and gas drilling permit in the Gunnison National Forest, according to a release by Citizens for a Healthy Community and the Western Environmental Law Center.

U.S. Forest Service Withdraws Drilling Approval in Gunnison National Forest (press release 6.14.13)

At the Urging of Conservation Groups, USFS Reverses Course on Drilling Permit in Critical Big Game Habitat Near the Headwaters of the North Fork of the Gunnison River

June 14, 2013

PAONIA, CO – The U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Paonia Ranger District announced this week that it is withdrawing its decision to approve an oil and gas drilling permit in the Gunnison National Forest. The Western Environmental Law Center submitted an administrative appeal on behalf of Citizens for a Healthy Community challenging the drilling approval because USFS failed to complete the legally mandated site-specific environmental analysis of drilling impacts.

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