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.

Releases by this organization

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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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Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Interior Bows to Oil and Gas Industry, Allows Continued Methane Waste
Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced plans to indefinitely delay implementation of key parts of the BLM methane waste rule beyond the original compliance date of January 18, 2018. The rule calls for leak detection and repair with affordable, off-the-shelf technologies, and restricts...
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Thursday, November 17, 2016
Terry Tempest Williams & Brooke Williams appeal to Interior Board of Land Appeals over oil and gas lease purchase
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...
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Monday, August 15, 2016
NASA Says Methane "Hot Spot" in New Mexico Linked Directly to Gas Extraction and Coal Mining
NASA released a new study today examining what caused a methane "hot spot" to form in New Mexico. This new study of methane emissions generated by the oil and gas industry in the state's San Juan Basin is a major step forward in understanding the causes of New Mexico’s methane “hot spot.” It...
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Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Only Two Highly Polluting States Challenge EPA Methane Rule
As the faction of climate deniers dwindles, pockets of opposition to climate action persist in the oil and gas patch. Today marks the deadline to file opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency's new source standard for methane (natural gas) pollution, and on Friday the state of Texas joined...
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Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Inslee Administration Defies Court Order, Betrays Children
Today, the Inslee administration released its revised Clean Air Rule that defies an unprecedented May 16, 2016 court order issued by King County Superior Court Judge Hollis R. Hill, and fails the children of Washington. Judge Hill ordered the state to adopt a rule “to limit greenhouse gas emissions...
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Monday, May 16, 2016
Groups Protest Oregon Timber Plan Riddled With Loopholes
Today, Earthjustice and the Western Environmental Law Center, on behalf of 22 conservation and fishing groups, filed a formal protest with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) objecting to its proposed management plans for western Oregon. The BLM plan eliminates protections for streamside forests,...
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Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Lawsuit Challenges Wildlife Services' Authority to Kill Wolves in Oregon
Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the authority of the federal wildlife-killing program Wildlife Services to kill any of the approximately 81 remaining gray wolves in Oregon. The legal challenge, filed by the Western Environmental Law Center on behalf of four conservation groups...
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Monday, December 21, 2015
Conservationists Deal Blow to Wildlife Services in Landmark Wolf Case
In response to a challenge brought by a coalition of conservation organizations, a federal court rejected plans to escalate cruel wolf killing in Washington state by the secretive federal program dubbed "Wildlife Services." Federal District Judge Robert Bryan held that Wildlife Services should have...
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