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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.

Village at Wolf Creek lawsuit settled

2/19/2008

ALAMOSA, CO — Under an agreement reached yesterday, the U.S. Forest Service will prepare a new environmental impact statement in connection with the application by the developer of the Village at Wolf Creek for access across forest land.

Federal court rejects delay of N.M. power plant pollution controls

3/05/2012

A federal appeals court has ruled that the owners of the San Juan Generating Station, a huge coal-fired power plant near Farmington, N.M., must continue with plans to install strong pollution controls. Several California cities purchase electricity from the plant.

Federal court rules against power generator

3/01/2012
Public Service Co. of New Mexico told to install pollution controls

A federal court in Denver told the Public Service Co. of New Mexico on Thursday it must install equipment to reduce significantly the 16,000 tons a year of haze and ozone and nitrogen pollution produced by the smokestacks at the San Juan Generating Station near Farmington.

WELC's FOIA Lawsuit Seeks to Lift Veil of Secrecy from Oil & Gas Leasing on Public Lands (press release 6.26.12)

6/26/2012
Community advocates seek court’s help after federal government refused to reveal the corporate players behind oil & gas lease sale

Today, Citizens for a Healthy Community (CHC) and the Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado to force the government to reveal the names of the individuals or corporations that nominated 30,000 acres of public lands in Colorado’s North Fork Valley for oil and gas drilling.

Suit Filed Against Expansion of Navajo Coal Mine Polluting Four Corners Region (press release 5.16.12)

5/16/2012
Federal Approval Ignores Human Health and Environmental Impacts

After decades of coal pollution from the 2040-megawatt Four Corners Power Plant and BHP Billiton’s 13,000-acre Navajo Coal Mine that supplies it, Navajo and conservation groups filed suit late yesterday against the federal government for improperly rubber-stamping a proposal to expand the strip mine, which is already more than 20 square miles, by hundreds of acres without full consideration of the mine’s damage and risks to health and the environment. 

Conservationists Applaud BLM’s Decision To Withdraw Oil & Gas Leases Threatening The North Fork Valley (press release 5.02.12)

5/02/2012
Relentless pressure from the community to protect their homes and livelihoods pays off.

Today, the Bureau of Land Management announced the deferral of all 22 parcels and 30,000 acres of public lands surrounding the Colorado’s North Fork Valley from the August 2012 oil and gas lease sale, opting to conduct additional analysis on these parcels based on public i

WELC Victory! Court denies attempt by Gov. Martinez and PNM to stall pollution controls for coal-burning plant (press release 3.01.12)

3/01/2012

A federal court ruled today that PNM must comply with a decision last fall requiring the utility to install pollution controls to significantly cut the 16,000 tons a year of harmful haze-, ozone-, and fine particle-producing nitrogen pollution that pours from the smokestacks each year at the San Juan Generating Station near Farmington, N.M.

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