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Court Approves Settlement to Save Imperiled Lynx from Trapping (Press Release 9/23/15)

9/23/2015
New Regulations in Lynx Habitat Will Protect Montana’s Rare Cats

Yesterday, the federal district court of Montana approved a settlement agreement reached between the State of Montana and conservation groups aimed at protecting threatened Canada lynx from trapping. The case is now dismissed in accordance with the agreement, which requires Montana to implement a set of reasonable restrictions on trapping in lynx habitat. The agreement also keeps the wolverine trapping season closed in Montana. The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the settlement’s new regulations in July but the agreement required approval by the court.

EPA Methane Rule a Quadruple Win (Press Release 8/18/15)

8/18/2015
Reductions will benefit climate, improve health, reduce waste and generate revenue

EPA today released first-ever standards to control methane pollution from the oil and gas industry, the largest man-made source of these emissions. The rule is a key component in meeting President Obama’s goals for reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 40-45 percent from 2012 levels by 2025. Methane warms the climate over 80 times more than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period. And methane emissions reductions stand to benefit more than just the climate — this move will improve public health, generate royalties and reduce waste.

Judge Fails to Halt Fracking in Greater Chaco (Press Release 8/17/15)

8/17/2015
Northwest New Mexico Oil Drilling Will Continue Despite Risks to Communities, Cultural Resources and the Environment

Hopes for a respite from a fracking boom plaguing Navajo and public lands in New Mexico’s Greater Chaco area were thwarted Friday when a federal judge failed to grant a temporary halt to drilling. Despite the lack of environmental review or a comprehensive plan for fracking in the area, the Bureau of Land Management will be allowed to continue to grant hundreds or even thousands of new permits to drill and frack the area. 

Federal Agency Fails to Protect Water and Air Quality from Massive Coal Mine Expansion (Press Release 8/17/15)

8/17/2015
Conservation Groups Forced to take legal action

Today, Montana conservation groups were forced to take legal action to protect water and air quality from a massive expansion at the Bull Mountains coal mine near Roundup. Earlier this year the federal government approved a 100-million-ton expansion at the mine, setting it up to become the largest underground coal mine in the country, with only cursory environmental review. Expansion of the mine will increase air and water pollution, threaten the livelihood of nearby ranchers, and exacerbate climate change.

9th Circuit Validates Greens Mining Lawsuit (Courthouse News 8/11/15)

8/11/2015

The Ninth Circuit ruled Monday that environmental groups properly challenged the U.S. Forest Service's decision to let gold miners use suction dredging in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

Once separate forests, the Rogue River and Siskiyou National Forests were administratively combined in 2004.

The forest stretches across almost 1.8 million acres of southwestern Oregon and parts of northern California, from the Cascade Mountains almost to the Pacific Ocean.

Life around New Mexico's gas wells: how fracking is turning the air foul (The Guardian 8/14/15)

8/14/2015
Leaked methane and other toxic gases are polluting the air with serious health risks for local communities whose fortunes depend on oil and gas in the shale boom state

“My daughter has asthma. She is not the only one around here, something is wrong here, our air quality shouldn’t be this way.”

Shirley “Sug” McNall is leaning up against a fence staring at a natural gas well about 40 meters from a playground behind the primary school where her daughter used to teach in Aztec, New Mexico. She believes that the gas industry and the explosion of fracking in her state is responsible for serious impacts on local air quality which are affecting people’s health.

Proposal aims to fight manure pollution from dairies, farms (KOMO News 8/12/15)

8/12/2015

Major new rules were unveiled Tuesday by state regulators aimed at stopping the pollution coming off Washington's large animal operations like dairy farms.

More regulations for dairies proposed (Yakima Herald-Republic 8/12/15)

8/12/2015

Almost all Yakima Valley dairies would be required to get a water quality permit under a proposal the state Department of Ecology released Tuesday.

That’s because for the first time, the agency proposes treating seepage from manure storage lagoons as pollution.

The proposal has some in the agriculture industry wary of redundant regulations and increased costs, while environmental groups say that it still doesn’t go far enough to prevent pollution.

Inslee: I’ll use my authority to impose cap on emissions (Seattle Times 7/28/15)

7/28/2015
After being stymied on climate policy in the Legislature, Gov. Jay Inslee announced he’s pressing ahead with executive action to impose a cap on carbon emissions.

Frustrated by legislative inaction on climate, Gov. Jay Inslee plans to wield his administration’s executive authority to impose a binding cap on carbon emissions in Washington state.

Gov. Inslee Directs The Washington Department Of Ecology To Take Serious Action On Climate Change (Press Release 7/28/15)

7/28/2015
Gov. Sides With Youth Standing Up For Their Right To A Healthy Future

Today, Gov. Jay Inslee directed the Washington Department of Ecology (“Ecology”) to take serious action on climate change. Inslee said Washingtonians have too much at stake to wait any longer for legislative action, and directed Ecology to step up enforcement of existing state pollution laws and to develop a regulatory cap on carbon emissions.

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