Oregon

Court affirms forest planning rule (News 5/2/15)

5/04/2015

A U.S. District judge is outlining her rationale for rejecting a challenge of a federal that requires the U.S. Forest Service to rely on science and conservation biology when developing forest plans.

Court Throws Out Industry Challenge to 2012 Forest Rules (Press Release 4/30/15)

4/30/2015
USFS Will Continue to Use Science and Conservation Biology in Forest Plans

In March 2015, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the D.C. District Court issued an order rejecting an extractive industry challenge to the Obama Administration’s National Forest Management Act 2012 Forest Planning Rule. The challenge alleged that the rule inappropriately requires the U.S. Forest Service to use science and conservation biology when creating new forest plans, which guide management on 191 million acres of national forests. On April 28, the judge issued her opinion setting forth the basis for her decision.

Fighting Fossils, Letting Go of Regulatory Law (News 4/28/15)

4/28/2015
Oregon county embraces a community rights approach to challenge local liquefied natural gas terminal

US fossil fuel exports are on the rise. The fall in global oil prices has bolstered already determined efforts to lift the 1975 ban on US crude oil exports. And as hydrofracking operations continue to expand, the industry is scrambling for regulatory approval to build a network of pipelines and terminals to transport natural gas around the country and worldwide.

Oral Arguments for Youth’s Landmark Climate Change Lawsuit Held in Eugene at Lane County Circuit Court (Press Release 4/1/15)

4/01/2015

WHAT: Two Eugene youths’ climate change case, Chernaik v. Brown, will be argued before Judge Karsten Rasmussen and in front of national news media at Lane County Circuit Court. Oregonians from across the state are coming to support these young women in their fight for state action on climate change. Supporters will also be participating in a special climate change tribunal and silent vigil, organized by the 350 Eugene chapter, outside the courthouse.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Court hearing begins at 2:30 p.m. PST

WHERE: Lane County Circuit Court

WELC wins victory for native salmon in the McKenzie River (Eugene Register Guard 3/18/15)

3/19/2015

We recently achieved a victory in a case challenging the release of hundreds of thousands of hatchery Chinook salmon into Oregon’s McKenzie River. Hatchery fish, different from wild Chinoook, interbreed with them, resulting in offspring less likely to survive and reproduce.

Jordan Cove Comment Period Comes To A Close (Jefferson Exchange Radio Interview 2/13/15)

2/16/2015

Susan Jane Brown and Lesley Adams weigh in on Jordan Cove and the comments on it.

Listen to this radio show (22:15)

A federal comment period on the Jordan Cove gas terminal plan just closed (Friday 2/13), and it closed with a bang.

National Coalition Plus Tens of Thousands Submit Comments Opposing West Coast Fracked Gas Export Plan (Press Release 2/13/15)

2/13/2015

On behalf of a diverse national coalition, including conservation, commercial fishing and private property owners, the Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) and Sierra Club submitted comments today to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) opposing what would become the first gas export terminal on the West Coast. In addition, more than 25,000 citizens, including businesses, ranchers, youth, climate activists, property rights advocates, anglers, and a Native American tribe sent comments critical of FERC’s analysis of the project.

Conservationists, loggers team up on forest health (Register-Guard, 12.27.14)

12/27/2014
Once enemies, the two sides in the timber debate join forces to save an Oregon town and its industry

Logs are piled high in the yard of the Malheur Lumber Co. mill in this small town in northeastern Oregon, ready to be sawed into lumber. Steam pours out of the stacks. Trucks loaded with logs roll in.

Feds say environmental and safety impacts of Jordan Cove LNG terminal in Coos Bay can be mitigated (The Oregonian, 11.7.14)

11/07/2014

Federal energy regulators have concluded that there are limited environmental and public safety impacts from the construction and operation of a proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal in Coos Bay, and they could be mitigated to less than significant levels.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday issued its long-awaited draft environmental impact statement for the controversial Jordan Cove Energy Project. The conclusions are similar to its previous determination when Jordan Cove was proposed as a gas import project.

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