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About Gov. Inslee's appeal of youth climate victory (Open Letter 6/23/16)

6/23/2016

We are the attorneys who represent the eight courageous youths who presented Gov. Inslee with an unprecedented climate protection opportunity to issue rules to protect their future from carbon pollution. We write not just as their advocates, but as mothers of young children as well. We do not now, nor have we ever, questioned Gov. Inslee’s professed commitment to addressing climate change.

Obama Administration Finalizes Safeguards for Methane Pollution (Press Release 5/12/16)

5/12/2016
Standards are the First-Ever National Protections Against Methane Pollution from the Oil and Gas Industry

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized standards for methane pollution, a component of natural gas, from new and modified sources in the oil and gas sector. These safeguards are the first-ever national standards for methane pollution, a greenhouse gas that is 87 times more potent than carbon dioxide in the near term.

Citizen Groups Challenge Fracking in Santa Fe National Forest (Press Release 5/4/16)

5/04/2016
Legal Push Part of Broader Effort to Safeguard Greater Chaco from Oil and Gas Industry

In a bid to protect New Mexico's water, air, and climate, a coalition of environmental groups filed suit yesterday challenging the Obama administration's plan to allow fracking in the Santa Fe National Forest.

Suit Seeks Public Review of Animal Pelt Exports (News Release 5/4/16)

5/04/2016
Endangered Species Treaty Misused to Facilitate Mass Fur Export

Today, conservation groups filed suit to require open, public review of the impacts of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service’s) export program that facilitates international trade in bobcat and gray wolf pelts, creates more incentive for trapping, and harms wolves, lynx, and other native wildlife.

BLM puts brakes on Whitewater drilling project (Press Release 5/3/16)

Agency refuses to green-light project in absence of hydraulic fracturing analysis

In a victory for residents of Whitewater and everyone concerned with air and water quality in western Colorado, the state office of the Bureau of Land Management put the brakes on a proposal to drill 108 wells on 52,000 acres near the Grand Mesa.

Youths Secure Second Win In Washington State Climate Lawsuit (Press Release 4/29/16)

4/29/2016
Judge Chastises State, Rules From Bench Ordering State to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Today, in a surprise ruling from the bench (transcript here) in the critical climate case brought by youths against the state of Washington's Department of Ecology (“Ecology”), King County Superior Court Judge Hollis Hill ordered Ecology to promulgate an emissions reduction rule by the end of 2016 and make recommendations to the state legislature on science-based greenhouse gas reductions in the 2017 legislative session.

Seattle Youths Head Back to King County Courthouse for Hearing on Landmark Climate Change Lawsuit (Media Advisory 4/26/16)

WHAT: Judge Hollis Hill will hear another round of oral arguments in the important case brought by seven young Washingtonians to address the Washington Department of Ecology’s (Ecology) persistent refusal to implement science-based carbon pollution limits. 

WHEN: Friday, April 29, 2016; Court hearing begins at 9:00 a.m.; please arrive by 8:30 a.m. to secure your seat. 

As Coal Collapses, Groups Appeal 25-year Extension of Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo Mine (News Release 4/20/16)

Suit Seeks Renewable Energy Transition Alternatives

Amid crumbling coal economics and surging renewable energy growth, Navajo, regional and national conservation groups filed suit today in Arizona’s federal district court challenging the U.S. government’s 25-year extension of coal operations at Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo Mine. The approval, which allows coal mining and combustion through 2041, lacked any assessment of clean energy alternatives.

Court to Hear Arguments on the Legality of Water Rights to Operate Enloe Dam (News Advisory 4/19/16)

4/19/2016

When: Wednesday, April 20 at 9:30am
Where: Seattle – Washington State Court of Appeals, District 1; One Union Square, 600 University St.
What: Oral argument in a challenge to the Washington State Department of Ecology for issuing water rights that would nearly completely dewater a segment of the Similkameen River while burdening ratepayers with substantial costs.

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