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In Wake of WA Climate Rule Withdrawal, Youth Petitioners Return to Court (Press Release 4/6/16)

Ordered to Act With Urgency, Ecology Responds With More Delays

Late yesterday, the youth petitioners in a precedent-setting case over climate disruption in Washington state asked the court to step in yet again after the state Department of Ecology withdrew its proposed rule to reduce carbon emissions. By withdrawing the proposed rule, Ecology demonstrated it is unable or unwilling to fulfill its legal responsibilities absent a court order directing it to do so in a timely manner.  

Judge Rules Feds Improperly Refused to Protect Wolverines (Press Release 4/4/16)

Orders Reconsideration of Safeguards for Species Imperiled by Climate Change

Today, the federal district court for Montana rejected a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) to deny protections for wolverines in the contiguous U.S. The court ruled the Service improperly ignored science and violated the Endangered Species Act. A broad coalition of conservation organizations challenged the Service’s refusal to protect imperiled wolverines by listing them under the ESA.

BLM Defers Fracking Around New Mexico’s Sacred Chaco Canyon for Third Time (Press Release 3/22/16)

3/22/2016
Rampant Drilling in the San Juan Basin Continues to Threaten Public Health, the Climate, Clean Air and Water

UPDATE: BLM has admitted an internal mix-up on this issue. The leases are not yet deferred, and we can expect a news release from the agency on or around May 5.

 

Court Rejects Water Pollution Permit for Rosebud Coal Mine (Press Release 3/18/16)

Yesterday the Montana First Judicial District Court ruled in favor of water quality and reinforced the state of Montana’s obligation to protect waterways from pollution caused by coal mining. The court rejected a water pollution discharge permit that would have allowed the Rosebud Mine to dump toxic heavy metals and other harmful pollutants into state waters without limits. Western Energy Company’s Rosebud Mine is the second largest strip mine in Montana. It supplies about 12 million tons of coal per year to the Colstrip Power Plant, in Colstrip, Montana.

Citizen Groups Challenge Plans to Green Light Huge Fossil Fuel Development in Powder River Basin (Press Release 3/15/16)

3/15/2016
BLM Plans Span 10 Million Acres, 81 Billion Tons of Coal

A plan to keep open vast amounts of public land in Montana and Wyoming for fossil fuel development and drilling is short-sighted and fails to consider dramatic changes in energy markets that make such thinking both obsolete and financially risky, a coalition of conservation groups contend in a lawsuit filed today.

Canada climate deal will multiply effects of existing U.S. plans to curb methane (Press Release 3/10/16)

3/10/2016
Reductions will protect health, landscapes, rural communities, and taxpayers

Today's announcement of a climate pact between the U.S. and Canada is great news for public health, landscape health, rural communities, the climate, and more. With Canada's agreement to reduce methane pollution from its oil and gas industry by 40-45 percent over the next 10 years, the Obama administration has leveraged its leadership on methane to multiply the effects of efforts already underway here in the U.S.

Tribe and conservationists file suit to protect wild salmon, rural river communities (Press Release 3/3/16)

Groups Seek Alternatives to Flawed Forest Service Salvage Plan

Today the Karuk Tribe, along with the Environmental Protection Information Center, Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, Center for Biological Diversity, and Klamath Riverkeeper, filed suit in federal court challenging a massive post-fire logging plan in Klamath National Forest that will increase fire danger, degrade water quality, and harm at-risk salmon populations. The tribe leads a diverse plaintiff group united by a common interest in restoring healthy relationships between people, fire, forests and fish.

Spokane River advocates petition state to increase summertime water flow (Press Release 3/1/16)

Water is needed for river health, fish, recreational boaters, and scenic beauty

On Monday, advocates for the Spokane River petitioned the Washington Department of Ecology to increase its flow rule for the popular and heavily used Spokane River. The Spokane River is a beloved urban river that flows through the second largest city in Washington State, including spectacular waterfalls and a deep gorge. Conservationists seek a minimum summertime flow of 1,800–2,800 cubic feet per second to support fisheries and recreation, and protect higher flows for recreation when available.

State of Washington Delays Action on Climate Change – Again (Press Release 3/2/16)

3/02/2016
Department of Ecology Abandons Proposed Greenhouse Gas Rule

On Friday, Feb. 26, the Washington Department of Ecology withdrew its proposed rule to reduce carbon emissions in the state. The rule was supposed to remedy a lawsuit brought by eight youth petitioners against the state of Washington, in which Judge Hollis R. Hill declared "[the youths’] very survival depends upon the will of their elders to act now, decisively and unequivocally, to stem the tide of global warming…before doing so becomes first too costly and then too late."

Lawsuit Challenges Wildlife Services' Authority to Kill Wolves in Oregon (Press Release 2/3/16)

Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the authority of the federal wildlife-killing program Wildlife Services to kill any of the approximately 81 remaining gray wolves in Oregon. The legal challenge, filed by the Western Environmental Law Center on behalf of four conservation groups, with Cascadia Wildlands representing itself, comes weeks after a federal court ruled that Wildlife Services’ controversial wolf killing program in Washington is illegal.

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