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Proposed oil and gas leasing rule leaves climate behind

Today, the Bureau of Land Management (the Bureau) issued a proposed rule that focuses almost exclusively on long-overdue fiscal reforms to the federal oil and gas leasing program, with a slight nod to protecting wildlife habitat and cultural sites. The proposed rule...

Interior Sec. Haaland protects Chaco Canyon from oil, gas drilling

In response to Interior Sec. Deb Haaland’s decision today to prohibit new federal oil and gas leasing within 10 miles of Chaco Culture National Historical Park, members of the Greater Chaco Coalition called on the Biden administration to go further and end all new...

WELC STATEMENT: Vote no on “Dirty Debt Deal”

The Fiscal Responsibility Act—or debt ceiling bill—announced over Memorial Day weekend contains numerous pieces from the failed “Dirty Deal” that would create a decades-long legacy of pollution and further brutalize frontline communities. The Western Environmental Law...

SCOTUS guts Clean Water Act protections, risking western waters

Siding with polluters, the U.S. Supreme Court turned back the clock 50 years gutting Clean Water Act protections for communities, fish, and wildlife.  These impacts will be felt by everyone who cares about clean water, healthy communities, and thriving populations of...

Court upholds expanded Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld the expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument made by President Obama in January 2017. President Clinton designated the Monument in 2000 under the Antiquities Act as a biological crossroads and ecological...

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