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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.

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.

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