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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.

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. 

Groups challenge fed handling of Navajo Mine assessment

6/10/2013

WINDOW ROCK — Six conservation groups engaged in litigation regarding the expansion of Navajo Mine into Area 4 filed a letter Friday with the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement protesting OSM’s handling of a draft environmental assessment for the transfer of BHP Billiton’s Navajo Mine to the Navajo Nation.

On April 29, the Navajo Nation Council passed legislation to form Navajo Transitional Energy Co. LLC. Navajo informed OSM that it was seeking to purchase all interests in BHP Navajo Coal Co. from BHP Billiton New Mexico Coal by July 1.

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.

Protections for wolverines draw states' opposition

5/06/2013

 

State officials in the Northern Rockies on Monday lined up against a federal proposal to give new protections to the carnivorous wolverine, as climate change threatens to melt the species' snowy mountain strongholds.

A pending U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal would declare the rare, elusive animal a threatened species across the Lower 48 states.

Wildlife Advocates Call For Endangered Species Status for Wolverine (press release 5.1.13)

5/01/2013
The US Fish & Wildlife Service’s proposal to give wolverines the less-protective “threatened” status and failure to designate critical habitat ignore the scientific evidence and fall short of what is necessary to avoid extinction

Today, the Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) called on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) to provide greater protections for the wolverine, the rarest carnivore in the Lower 48. WELC’s comments, signed by 26 conservation groups from across the wolverine’s range in the West, were submitted as part of the public comment process on the Service’s proposed rule to federally protect wolverine under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). 

Judge Denies 11th Hour Attempt by Energy Industry Trade Group to Join FOIA Lawsuit in an Effort to Stop BLM from Releasing Names (press release 4.10.13)

4/10/2013
Monday, April 15th Marks the Deadline for the BLM to Release Identity of who Nominated North Fork Valley Public Lands for Drilling and Fracking Leases

Late yesterday U.S. District Court Senior Judge Richard P. Matsch denied an 11th hour attempt by Western Energy Alliance, an energy industry trade group, to intervene in an already decided lawsuit that will bring full transparency to the oil and gas leasing process.

Canada Lynx Edges Closer to Extinction While Feds Drag their Feet (press release 3.14.13)

3/14/2013
Thirteen years after being listed as a threatened species, wildlife advocates take action to force a long-awaited recovery plan for Canada Lynx.

The Canada lynx was listed as threatened with extinction under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in March 2000, yet the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has yet to complete the required recovery plan to ensure the survival of the elusive cat. 

Federal Agency Ordered to Reveal Identity of Corporations Seeking to Lease Public Lands for Oil & Gas Drilling (press release 2.14.13)

2/14/2013
Court reverses BLM policy of keeping the nominators’ identity secret until after the lease sale

A federal court ruled yesterday that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) policy and practice of keeping secret from the public the identity of entities nominating public lands for oil and gas development is unlawful. 

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