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NASA Says Methane "Hot Spot" in New Mexico Linked Directly to Gas Extraction and Coal Mining (News Release 8/15/16)

Study says 250 polluters are responsible for half of the emissions causing the "hot spot"

NASA released a new study today examining what caused a methane "hot spot" to form in New Mexico. This new study of methane emissions generated by the oil and gas industry in the state's San Juan Basin is a major step forward in understanding the causes of New Mexico’s methane “hot spot.” It follows up on a 2014 satellite-based study that initially found the “hot spot,” and sought to identify its specific causes.
 

BLM Finalizes Oregon Timber Plan Over Stakeholder Objections (News Release 8/5/16)

8/05/2016
Despite Protest, Final Plan Sacrifices Clean Water, Healthy Fish, Carbon Sequestration, Recreation Economy

Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) signed a management plan for western Oregon, largely ignoring a formal protest from 22 conservation and fishing groups. On a BLM media call, the agency conveyed that it did not appreciably change the plan from the proposed draft. The BLM plan eliminates protections for streamside forests, increases clearcutting, and removes 2.6 million acres of federally managed public forests from the 1994 Northwest Forest Plan.

Wildlife Agency to Kill Wolves in Northeast Washington (News Release 8/3/16)

8/03/2016
Members of Profanity Peak Pack To Be Targeted in Ferry County

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officials announced late today they will kill members of the Profanity Peak pack in Ferry County. The kill order was issued following investigations concluding the wolves recently killed three calves and a cow and that three other calf deaths are probable wolf kills. All of the losses occurred on public lands grazing allotments, in territory occupied by the Profanity Peak pack.

[UPDATED] Only two highly polluting states challenge EPA methane rule (News Release 8/2/16)

8/02/2016
Broad support for common-sense emissions reductions persists

[UPDATE: After releasing this statement, 14 states filed a lawsuit against the EPA and Gina McCarthy over the methane new source rule, calling it "in excess of the agency's statutory authority and otherwise is arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion and not in accordance with law." We disagree -- reducing air pollution is precisely the purpose of the Clean Air Act, on which this rule is based.

To Protect Climate, Public Health, Americans Call for End to Federal Coal Program (News Release 7/28/16)

7/28/2016
Ending Public Coal Leasing, Mining Would Keep 212 Million Tons of Carbon in Ground, Save $7 Trillion

A coalition of groups today called on President Obama to permanently end the federal coal program, highlighting the fact that ending leasing and mining of public coal in the United States would keep up to 212 billion metric tons of carbon pollution in the ground — the equivalent of taking nearly 50 billion cars off the road and saving society more than $7 trillion in avoided climate damages.

WA Youths Provide Inslee Administration with Climate Science to Make Proposed Clean Air Rule Comply With Law (News Release 7/25/16)

7/25/2016

On behalf of youth climate activists who secured an unprecedented court order directing the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) to issue a rule regulating greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the year, attorneys Andrea Rodgers (WELC) and Julia Olson (OCT) submitted comments asking Ecology to bring its proposed Clean Air Rule into compliance with the law and the court orders obtained in the case.

Groups Challenge BLM Plan to Double Drilling in Colorado River Valley (Press Release 7/18/16)

7/18/2016
Plan Allows Concentrated Drilling in Communities, But Fails to Consider Human Health and Climate

Today a coalition of environmental watchdog groups challenged a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plan to expand oil and gas drilling on Colorado’s Western Slope, intensifying well density in communities already forced to endure a legacy of industrial gas development. BLM’s Colorado River Valley Resource Management Plan (RMP) failed to analyze the impacts of such concentrated development on human health and wellbeing, ignored the resulting effects on climate change, and failed to consider mitigation measures to reduce these impacts.

Report: Living near oil & gas emissions increases cancer risk

6/16/2016

More than 145,000 New Mexicans who live within a half-mile of oil and gas operations face a higher risk of cancer and respiratory diseases, according to data from a new mapping project.

Cornered: Mexican wolf management to appease livestock producers may run out the clock on recovery

6/15/2016

A golden eagle crouched against a band of rocks that abuts a cattle pen in the Gila National Forest catches the eye first, causing a pause to look for what’s brought the bird to the ground. The eagle doesn’t linger, disappearing rapidly amid the tops of ponderosas. On the far side of the cowpie-strewn basin, a reddish brown hulk has been draped over a downed tree. Once close enough to see that the cow’s hindquarters have been severed and its bare hip socket writhes with insects, the stench hits. From uphill and upwind, a game trail threading off into the woods appears.

Washington to force state’s biggest carbon polluters to cut emissions

6/01/2016
After withdrawing an earlier proposal, Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration is pushing ahead with a revised Clean Air Rule that would cut greenhouse- gas emissions in Washington but give some concessions to industry.

With some concessions to business concerns, Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration is pushing ahead with a plan to force greenhouse-gas cuts by some 70 of the state’s biggest industrial emitters.

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