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Conservation groups to defend Biden administration postponement of oil, gas lease sales

February 8, 2023 – Seventeen groups represented by Earthjustice and the Western Environmental Law Center moved to intervene today to defend the Biden administration’s postponement of several oil and gas lease sales. A September ruling in U.S. District Court in Wyoming affirmed the administration’s ability to postpone lease sales, but the state of Wyoming and industry groups […]

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White House NEPA Phase One Final Rule: Important first step, next phase crucial

Today, in a necessary first step, the Biden administration’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) finalized Phase One rulemaking for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), restoring some protections removed by the previous administration.   However, many important provisions of the original 1978 regulations that were eliminated in 2020 are not included in today’s rulemaking. In […]

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USFWS: Northern spotted owls are endangered, but we’re too busy to help

December 14, 2020 – Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a finding on the northern spotted owl’s listing status, spurred by a lawsuit filed last week by wildlife advocates. The finding states “reclassification of the northern spotted owl from a threatened species to an endangered species is warranted but precluded by higher priority […]

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Missing lynx: Advocates challenge Feds’ refusal to prepare recovery plan

December 1, 2020 – Today, a coalition of conservation organizations filed a complaint in federal court challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (the Service’s) decision to forgo recovery planning for threatened Canada lynx.   Recovery plans are important tools required by the Endangered Species Act, often referred to as the “roadmap” for conservation because […]

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Federal Court Rejects Trump Administration Cancellation of Methane Pollution Rule

SAN FRANCISCO― A federal judge late yesterday reinstated the Bureau of Land Management’s 2016 methane waste rule, aimed at protecting people and the climate from methane waste and pollution from oil and gas extraction on public lands. The ruling is the third defeat for the Trump administration’s efforts to suspend, delay or repeal the rule.  The rule […]

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Trump administration re-reauthorizes wildlife-killing M-44 ‘cyanide bombs’ despite strong opposition

December 5, 2019 – After withdrawing an interim decision instituting minor restrictions on the use of sodium cyanide in wildlife-killing devices called M-44s, or “cyanide bombs,” the Trump administration today reissued a revised decision with slight modifications further restricting the use of sodium cyanide to kill wildlife.   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has now, […]

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California Groups Sue To Keep Motorized Electric Bikes off Non-motorized Trails in Tahoe National Forest

October 24, 2019 – Backcountry trail and forest groups in California joined together to challenge the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to allow motorized bikes to operate on non-motorized trails in the Tahoe National Forest. Plaintiffs in the suit include Backcountry Horsemen of California, Back Country Horsemen of America, the Forest Issues Group and The Wilderness […]

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Western Environmental Law Center: Trump administration is pro-extinction

Aug. 13, 2019 – Yesterday, the Trump administration announced sweeping changes to the way its agencies will administer the Endangered Species Act (ESA), one of the oldest, most effective, and most widely supported environmental laws in U.S. history. These changes, which seek to eviscerate the ESA, go against Congress’ explicit mandate that management rely on […]

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Analysis: Public overwhelmingly wants EPA ban on wildlife-killing ‘cyanide bombs’

May 8, 2019 – More than 99.9 percent of people commenting on a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to reauthorize sodium cyanide in wildlife-killing devices called M-44s support a ban on these “cyanide bombs,” according to an analysis released today. Cyanide bombs inhumanely and indiscriminately kill thousands of animals every year. The analysis of public […]

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Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration for Gutting Methane Waste Rule

SAN FRANCISCO October 1, 2018 – A broad coalition of conservation and citizens’ groups sued the Trump administration late last Friday to challenge the Bureau of Land Management for rescinding most provisions of its 2016 methane waste rule. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, notes Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s BLM illegally rescinded the rule, which […]

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Administration moves to trample taxpayers, public health, and climate via methane waste rule rollback

Feb. 13, 2018 – Late yesterday, the Bureau of Land Management issued a proposed rule rolling back core public safeguards to reduce methane waste on public lands by the oil and gas industry. The proposed revision capitulates to the worst oil and gas industry operators, undoing all meaningful provisions to reduce the waste of publicly […]

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Fish and Wildlife Services alters Canada lynx assessment to support delisting

MISSOULA, Mont. January 11, 2018 – Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its intent to begin the process to remove Endangered Species Act protections for imperiled Canada lynx in the contiguous U.S. This move by one of the most anti-wildlife, anti-science, climate-denying administrations in American history shows a vicious indifference toward this iconic […]

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House Logging Bill Guts Federal Laws, Literally Privatizes Public Lands, Creates Logging Free-for-All

June 22, 2017 – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives begins its consideration of HR 2936, known as the Westerman Bill after its author, Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR). The bill contains a cornucopia of loopholes, exemptions and categorical exclusions for environmental, judicial, and public review; and, incredibly, gives away public lands to adjacent private landowners. […]

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Terry Tempest Williams & Brooke Williams appeal to Interior Board of Land Appeals over oil and gas lease purchase

Castle Valley, Utah November 17, 2016 – Today, on behalf of Terry Tempest Williams and Brooke Williams, the Western Environmental Law Center administratively challenged the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) rejection of the Tempest Exploration Company’s October 2016 bids on oil and gas leases in Utah. WELC filed the appeal with the Interior Board of […]

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