Montana

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

12/17/2013
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)

12/05/2013

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)

12/05/2013
90 SIGNATORIES TO OPEN LETTER SEEK ROBUST RULES BY EPA, BLM AND BOEM TO STOP THREATS TO PUBLIC HEALTH, GLOBAL CLIMATE FROM CONTROLLABLE RELEASE OF METHANE DURING DRILLING AND TRANSPORT

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.

BROAD COALITION SEEKS QUIET TRAILS (press release 2.19.10)

2/19/2010

 

A coalition of hikers, horseback riders, birders and conservationists – known as the Pryors Coalition — today challenged Custer National Forest’s Beartooth Travel Plan in US District Court. In its final decision, the Forest Service failed to adequately protect the area’s natural and cultural resources and address conflicts that interfere with quiet recreationist’s opportunity to enjoy the Pryor Mountains and traditional stock trails.

Pioneering Climate Change Lawsuit To Reduce Natural Gas Leaks From Oil & Gas Operations Moves to Court of Appeals (press release 8.1.13)

8/01/2013
Conservation groups appeal dismissal of lawsuit seeking to force BLM to protect the climate and stop the waste of natural gas resources caused by sloppy development

Today, the Western Environmental Law Center, on behalf of the Montana Environmental Information Center, Earthworks’ Oil and Gas Accountability Project, and WildEarth Guardians (“Conservation Groups”) appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon’s recent dismissal of their lawsuit against the sale of more than 50,000 acres of oil and gas leases across Montana by the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”). 

Court Protects Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument (press release 7.31.13)

7/31/2013
Ninth Circuit Orders BLM to Go Back and Make a “Reasonable Effort” to Identify and Protect Historic Properties in the Upper Missouri Breaks

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered BLM to go back and take a harder look at how a new management plan for the Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument may impact cultural and historic properties.

Looking For Lynx Habitat (Eugene Weekly 6.6.13)

6/06/2013

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. 

Oil leasing dispute heads to federal court

5/23/2013

A dispute over greenhouse gases from oil and gas drilling will head to federal court in Montana as attorneys for the government and the industry face off against environmentalists who say too little is being done to reduce emissions that contribute to climate change.

The legal quarrel was scheduled to land in court on Friday, amid increasing efforts by environmentalists to target emissions from burning fossil fuels and the release of methane and other greenhouse gases during the production of the fuels.

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.

Massive Clearcuts Planned for Northwestern Montana Threaten Imperiled Canada Lynx and Grizzly Bears (press release 5.14.13)

5/14/2013
Conservationists File Lawsuit to Protect Rare Species from Going Extinct in Kootenai National Forest

Located in the far Northwest corner of Montana, the Cabinet-Yaak region of the Kootenai National Forest provides essential habitat for imperiled grizzly bears and critical habitat for Canada lynx, two species protected under the Endangered Species Act as threatened with extinction. 

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