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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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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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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