County commissioners press on with study on MSTI impacts, location


WELC is leading a “groundbreaking collaboration between local governments, conservation groups and industry” in Montana to ensure planned route for a new 430-mile clean energy transmission line balances needs of wildlife and communities.

Read the article here.

Court Ruling Opens Door for Intervenors in Western NEPA Disputes


Today's federal appeals court ruling opens the door for WELC to continue with its case seeking to protect the Sawtooth National Forest’s land and water from the ravages of unmanageable roads, trails, and off-road vehicle abuse.

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The rule "has always been a double-edged sword," said Erik Schlenker-Goodrich, a lawyer at the Western Environmental Law Center, which represents the environmental groups in the case.

Protecting the Wolverine

The Essence of Wilderness

If you could characterize the spirit of the West in one animal, it might be the wolverine.   

Protecting Idaho's Wild Rapid River From Off-Road Vehicle Abuse

Years ago, both Congress and the Forest Service provided important conservation protections to Idaho’s wild, unspoiled Rapid River and its surrounding wildlands.

Recreation Groups Argue For New Law Before Ninth Circuit


The extent to which nonfederal parties can participate in environmental litigation is now under review by an en banc panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals following a case argued on December 13, 2010.  Read the full article.

Court to Weigh Private Interests' Intervention in NEPA


On December 13, 2010, a federal appeals court will consider whether to abandon a legal rule that makes it difficult for environmental and other interests to intervene in National Environmental Policy Act disputes in the Western states. 

WELC attorney Megan Anderson is arguing the case for the plaintiffs. 

Read the full article in The New York Times.


All Against The Haul Campaign

Update! Exxon's Dirty Fuels Megaload Haul Across Montana Stopped (July 20, 2011)

WELC is providing legal muscle to the “All Against the Haul” campaign, a grassroots movement opposed to Imperial Oil/Exxon Mobil’s proposal to haul immense earth moving equipment from the Port of Lewiston Idaho, north through the wild and scenic Lochsa River corridor on US Highway 12, over Lolo Pass and north 300 miles through Montana to Canada and the Alberta tar sands project.

Fighting Greenhouse Gas Pollution from Industrial Operations

One thing the West is known for: Our clean air. But we have to work to keep it that way. Industrial operations with their heavy machinery are also a part of the West, and these need to be looked at carefully as we consider how to reduce greenhouse gases.

Promoting Renewable Energy with Companies, Nonprofits, Schools, and Communities

In May of 2010, we joined with the other nearly 50 companies, nonprofits, school districts, and municipal agencies to help found the Voluntary Renewable Energy Coalition. Our membership in this coalition exemplifies our wide-ranging work out of the courtroom to join with like-minded people to support next-generation energy laws and policies that will speed our transition from dirty fossil fuels to clean, renewable, carbon-free energy. As a member of this coalition, we support three basic principles.

Environmentalists Challenge More Bush Administration Political Interference in Endangered Species Decisions


The Center for Biological Diversity today filed five separate lawsuits concerning Bush Administration political interference in designation of critical habitat for six western species, including the western snowy plover, California tiger salamander, southwestern willow flycatcher, Buena Vista Lake shrew and two California plants. The lawsuits represent the latest action in a campaign by the Center to reverse politically tainted decisions concerning dozens of endangered species.

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