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Feds to Sell Even More Public Land for Fracking Near Sacred Park

Feds to Sell Even More Public Land for Fracking Near Sacred Park

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is pushing ahead with the sale of oil and gas leases on land outside of Chaco Culture National Historical Park and other sites revered by Native American tribes, The Associated Press reported. The latest listing—which quietly appeared on the BLM website not long after the government reopened after […]

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    Good News for Yellowstone Grizzlies? U.S. to Review ‘Flawed’ Ruling That Removed Protections

    Good News for Yellowstone Grizzlies? U.S. to Review ‘Flawed’ Ruling That Removed Protections

    Over the summer, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) decided to strip Yellowstone grizzly bears of Endangered Species Act protections, sparking condemnation from conservationists over the agency’s “flawed” ruling. But now, USFWS is reviewing this decision thanks to an appeals court ruling that restored protections for a completely different animal that was taken off […]

    ‘A Terrible Violation of America’s Public Lands and Heritage’: Lawsuit Targets Trump’s Slashing of Protections at Grand Staircase-Escalante

    ‘A Terrible Violation of America’s Public Lands and Heritage’: Lawsuit Targets Trump’s Slashing of Protections at Grand Staircase-Escalante

    Hours after President Donald Trump issued a proclamation taking an axe to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah on Monday, conservation organizations filed a lawsuit attacking the order as an abuse of the president’s power. Earthjustice is representing eight organizations in a suit charging that the president violated the 1906 Antiquities Act by stripping monument […]

    New Mexico’s Largest Utility Will Stop Burning Coal, Despite Trump’s Clean Power Plan Rollback

    New Mexico’s Largest Utility Will Stop Burning Coal, Despite Trump’s Clean Power Plan Rollback

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt announced Monday that the Trump administration is rolling back the Clean Power Plan to end the previous administration’s “war on coal” but there’s a big problem: Obama didn’t kill the coal industry—the market for cheap natural gas and increasingly affordable renewable energy did. Case in point, The Santa […]

    Battle Begins to Restore Protections for Greater Yellowstone Grizzly Bears

    Battle Begins to Restore Protections for Greater Yellowstone Grizzly Bears

    By WildEarth Guardian Wednesday, WildEarth Guardians sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, challenging the agency’s flawed rule stripping grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem of Endangered Species Act protections. The service’s premature removal of crucial federal safeguards undermines the recovery of the species as a whole, while subjecting grizzlies stepping outside the safety […]

    Trump Administration Denies Pacific Bluefin Tuna Endangered Species Act Protection

    Trump Administration Denies Pacific Bluefin Tuna Endangered Species Act Protection

    The Trump administration rejected a petition Monday to protect imperiled Pacific bluefin tuna under the Endangered Species Act. This powerful apex predator, which commands top prices at fish auctions in Japan, has been overfished to less than 3 percent of its historic population. Although the National Marine Fisheries Service announced in October 2016 that it […]

    Taxpayers Charged $7 Billion a Year to Subsidize Fossil Fuels on Public Lands

    Taxpayers Charged $7 Billion a Year to Subsidize Fossil Fuels on Public Lands

    The federal government is providing extensive support for fossil fuel production on public lands and waters offshore, through a combination of direct subsidies, enforcement loopholes, lax royalty collection, stagnant lease rates and other advantages to the industry, a report released Wednesday found. The government is contributing at least $7 billion per year in subsidies to […]

    How Dirty Energy Drives Wildlife to the Brink

    How Dirty Energy Drives Wildlife to the Brink

    WildEarth Guardians The dunes sagebrush lizard, a small, rare lizard that lives only in Texas and New Mexico, was named one of 10 U.S. species most urgently threatened by fossil fuel development in a report released Jan. 19 by the Endangered Species Coalition. The report, Fueling Extinction: How Dirty Energy Drives Wildlife to the Brink, […]