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Why is there a huge methane hotspot in the American Southwest? (PBS News Hour 6/3/15)

6/03/2015
A team of scientists scrambles to better understand a gigantic cloud of methane looming over the Four Corners region of the U.S. Southwest. This single cloud is believed to comprise nearly 10 percent of all methane emissions derived from natural gas in the United States. But its origins remain a mystery.

The Four Corners region of the southwest United States is a magnificent, otherworldly place, marked by red rock vistas, ancient cliff dwellings and sweeping blue sky. The names alone paint a picture of the landscape: The Painted Desert. The Petrified Forest. Monument Valley.

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.

Oil and gas industry must cut dangerous methane releases (WELC Op-ed 4/14/2015)

4/12/2015

Natural gas, the fuel many Americans use daily to cook meals and heat our homes, is made mostly of methane. Natural gas also comes with a “cleaner than coal” reputation when burned to generate electricity.

But too many leaks in the supply chain can quickly overwhelm this advantage, as it has in the Four Corners region, and solutions are desperately needed.

Big stink over methane emissions (News 1/14/15)

1/15/2015

Local industry leaders and environmental organizations are lining up for and against a White House announcement on Wednesday that federal agencies are preparing new rules to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas operations.

The Obama administration wants to cut emissions by between 40 and 45 percent below 2012 levels by 2025. It would be the first federal requirement to directly reduce methane releases into the atmosphere.

Obama Takes Unprecedented Steps to Cut Methane Pollution from Existing Sources on Public Lands (Press Release 1/14/15)

1/14/2015
New BLM rules would significantly impact oil and gas operations in the Southwest

As part of the Obama administration’s plans announced today to cut methane pollution generated by America’s oil and gas industry, the White House said that the Bureau of Land Management would introduce new rules this spring aimed at reducing methane emissions from both new and existing oil and gas development on the nation’s public lands.

Hunters and Conservationists Join Forces to Protect Imperiled Wolverines (press release 10.20.14)

10/20/2014
Suit Challenges Feds’ Failure to Protect Rare Carnivore from Extinction

Today, a unique coalition of conservationists, animal welfare activists, hunters, anglers, and an ecologist sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) in U.S. District Court of Montana for refusing to protect rare wolverines from extinction under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Fewer than 300 wolverines remain in the contiguous United States.

Court Acts Swiftly to Aid Rare Canada Lynx (press release 5.9.14)

5/09/2014
Wildlife advocates’ win forces federal government to prepare long overdue recovery plan for threatened Canada Lynx.

In a critical win for the rare and elusive Canada lynx, a federal court in Montana found that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 14-year delay in preparing a recovery plan for this threatened species was “unreasonable” and ordered a firm deadline for completing the federally mandated roadmap for recovery. 

White House strategy to cut methane takes aim at oil industry (Fuel Fix 3.28.14)

3/28/2014

WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday unveiled a broad strategy for curbing greenhouse gas emissions, including regulations clamping down on methane tied to oil and gas development.

The Obama administration’s new inter-agency methane strategy combines a mix of new and previously announced steps to rein in the short-lived but potent greenhouse gas released from landfills, oil wells, dairy farms and coal mining.

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.

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