Colorado

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

6/14/2013
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.

Groups challenge fed handling of Navajo Mine assessment

6/10/2013

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 )

5/17/2013
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

5/06/2013

 

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)

5/01/2013
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). 

BLM RELEASES IDENTITY OF NORTH FORK FRACKING NOMINATORS (press release 4.15.13)

4/15/2013
In Response to Precedent-Setting Court Ruling, Agency Releases Names of Parties Who Nominated Controversial North Fork Valley Oil & Gas Leases

In a momentous victory for the public’s right to know and government transparency, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today reversed course and released the names of the entities who nominated the public lands in Western Colorado’s North Fork Valley for oil and gas drilling and fracking, in compliance with a recent federal court ruling.

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. 

Drilling leases on 12,000 acres on hold

2/07/2013
Agency voluntarily delays energy development sale

The Bureau of Land Management’s Colorado office on Thursday announced it will hold off selling natural-gas and oil leases on more than 12,000 acres in Southwest Colorado.

The 12 parcels in La Plata, Montezuma, Archuleta and San Miguel counties were scheduled to be auctioned at a Feb. 14 lease sale.

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