Western Environmental Law Center

The Western Environmental Law Center is a nonprofit public interest law firm that works to protect and restore western wildlands and advocates for a healthy environment on behalf of communities throughout the West.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Another Win for the Climate: Judge Orders Feds to Disclose Climate Impacts of Public Lands Fracking in Colorado and Utah
In the wake of a legal victory by WildEarth Guardians, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Western Environmental Law Center, the U.S. government asked for and a federal judge ordered a climate review of the impacts of public lands fracking in Colorado and Utah . “This is another win for...
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Wednesday, May 08, 2019
Analysis: Public Overwhelmingly Wants EPA Ban on Wildlife-Killing ‘Cyanide Bombs’
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...
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Thursday, March 28, 2019
Court Ruling: Feds Illegally Approved Colorado Gas Drilling in Elk Habitat
A federal judge ruled today that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service illegally approved two adjacent natural-gas drilling plans in western Colorado, finding that officials did not adequately analyze wildlife and climate impacts. In today’s ruling U.S. District Judge Lewis T...
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Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Landmark Climate Victory: Federal Court Rejects Sale of Public Lands for Fracking
In a landmark victory for climate, health, and public lands , a federal judge late yesterday rejected the sale of public lands for fracking and ordered a halt to drilling on more than 300,000 acres in Wyoming. “This ruling is a triumph for our climate,” said Jeremy Nichols, WildEarth Guardians’...
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Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Trump Admin Announces Intent to Strip Wolves of Endangered Species Protections in Lower 48
Today, acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced the Trump administration’s intent to remove endangered species protections for wolves in the lower 48 states. The administration will release the proposal to the public in the next few days. While we’re loath to comment on policy decisions...
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Yellowstone Grizzlies: Court Reinstates Protections, Blocks ID, WY Trophy Hunts
Today, a U.S. District Court judge ruled against the Trump administration, reversing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 2017 decision to strip grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem of vital Endangered Species Act protections. The court ruled that the delisting was premature, did not...
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Trump Administration Guts Methane Waste Rule
Today the Bureau of Land Management pre-published a rule rescinding most provisions of its 2016 methane waste rule . The original rule required oil and gas companies operating on public lands to take reasonable measures to prevent the waste of publicly owned natural gas. Gutting the rule...
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Administration Moves To Trample Taxpayers, Public Health, And Climate Via Methane Waste Rule Rollback
Late yesterday, the Bureau of Land Management issued a proposed rule rolling back core public safe guards 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...
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Friday, June 30, 2017
Fight Begins to Maintain Protections for Yellowstone Grizzly Bears
Today, WildEarth Guardians notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service it will sue the agency over its flawed decision to strip grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem of Endangered Species Act protections. The Service’s decision prematurely removes vital federal safeguards from one of...
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
House Logging Bill (HR 2936) Guts Federal Environmental Laws, Literally Privatizes Public Lands, Creates Logging Free-for-All
Tomorrow, 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,...
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