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  • Federal judge rules no off-road vehicles on Richfield BLM lands ( Utah )

    11/08/2013 6:00:04 PM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    KSL Broadcasting ^ | November 5th, 2013 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    SALT LAKE CITY — A coalition of conservation groups is hailing a federal judge's ruling Monday to strike down portions of the Richfield Bureau of Land Management plan they said gave deference to off-road vehicles at the expense of the environment. "This landmark decision is a resounding rejection of the BLM’s mismanagement of Utah’s stunning public lands,” said Stephen Bloch, legal director for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. ... The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance was among seven groups that filed a legal challenge to the Bush-era plans following their adoption in 2008, contending they imperiled pristine landscapes. The Richfield plan...
  • Taxes fund environmental suits - Environmental law firms reap billions in fees to fund lawsuits

    10/18/2009 4:46:46 PM PDT · by girlangler · 42 replies · 2,202+ views
    The Capital Press ^ | 10/15, 2009 | Mitch Lies
    Taxes fund environmental suits - Environmental law firms reap billions in fees to fund lawsuits October 15, 2009 The federal government has paid out billions of dollars to environmental groups for attorney fees and costs, according to data assembled by a Cheyenne, Wyoming, lawyer. Karen Budd-Falen of Budd-Falen Law Offices [main@buddfalen.com or 307-632-5105] said the government between 2003 and 2007 paid more than $4.7 billion in taxpayer money to environmental law firms -- and that's just in the lawsuits she tracked. The actual figure, she said, is far greater. "I think we only found that the iceberg exists," she said....
  • Obama EPA Illegally Hands Over Info on Livestock Producers to Extremist Animal Rights Groups

    03/23/2013 11:38:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | March 23, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    When the Obama EPA is not spying on cattle and pork ranches with drones, they’re illegally releasing information on livestock producers to far left extremist groups. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Pork Producers are furious after the Obama Environmental Protection Agency illegally gave information on livestock farmers to extremist animal rights groups. Farm Futures reported: NCBA and the National Pork Producers Council are both furious with EPA for handing extremist groups illegally gathered data on farmers who operate confined animal feeding operations. NCBA said early this week it was notified by the EPA that the agency had...
  • EPA to Use Toxic Substances Control Act Regarding Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids

    11/28/2011 5:09:19 PM PST · by optiguy · 9 replies
    Oil and Gas Law Brief ^ | November 28, 2011 | Keith B. Hall
    In response to a petition filed by Earthjustice and several other organizations, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has stated that it will use the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to draft regulations requiring companies to disclose information regarding "chemical substances and mixtures used in hydraulic fracturing." Although the EPA has not indicated what information will be subject to disclosure, the agency stated that it will attempt to avoid duplication of "the well-by-well disclosure programs already being implemented in several states," and that it anticipates that its regulations will "focus on providing aggregate pictures of the chemical substances and mixtures...
  • Groups appeal Shell air permit granted by EPA (for offshore drilling in Arctic waters)

    10/24/2011 6:47:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 10/24/11 | AP
    Anchorage, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska Native and environmental groups are challenging a federal air permit granted to Royal Dutch Shell PLC for offshore drilling in Arctic waters. Shell hopes to drill exploratory wells next summer off Alaska's northern coasts. The Environmental Protection Agency issued an air permit Friday for a Shell drill ship called the Kulluk.
  • US Challenged over Approval of Shell Gulf Drilling Plan

    06/13/2011 9:22:42 PM PDT · by Rabin · 8 replies
    Rigzone ^ | Friday, June 10, 2011 | Ryan Tracy|
    Environmental groups Thursday sued the Obama administration over its approval of a Shell plan to drill for oil deep under the Gulf of Mexico. The suit was the opening salvo in what could be a lengthy legal fight over U.S. drilling policy following the resumption of oil and gas exploration after the Deepwater Horizon disaster. It came a day after ExxonMobil announced one of the largest oil discoveries ever in the Gulf…
  • Environmental groups sue over Shell offshore plan

    06/10/2011 10:38:19 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 26 replies
    chron.com ^ | 9 June 2011 | JENNIFER A. DLOUHY
    WASHINGTON -- Lawsuits filed Thursday that challenge the federal government's approval of a Shell Oil Co. offshore exploration plan present a major test of regulators' power to swiftly review deep-water drilling blueprints. In two separate but overlapping filings, conservationists argue the government was bound by federal law to first finish a post-spill environmental study of the Gulf of Mexico before approving Shell's plan last month. The legal complaints were filed in the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit Court of Appeals — one by the Defenders of Wildlife, Center for Biological Diversity and the Natural Resources Defense Council and the other by Earthjustice,...
  • Activists want new biological opinion set [Enviros attacking Military again]

    04/22/2011 4:25:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
    TUCSON — A lawyer for environmental activists wants a federal judge to order two U.S. agencies — The Fish and Wildlife Service and the Army — to renegotiate a biological opinion concerning the San Pedro River and its environs contending the two entities have failed to follow the Endangered Species Act. The plaintiff’s attorney, McCrystie Adams, said the continuing growth in the Sierra Vista area is caused by the existence of Fort Huachuca and as more people come to the area, they “are draining the aquifer year after year.” However, a U.S. Department of Justice attorney contends all the requirements...
  • Judge Upholds Most Lynx Habitat In 6 States

    09/09/2010 11:53:02 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    ap ^ | Sep 9, 2010 | MEAD GRUVER
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service erred little when it designated a vast area scattered over six states as critical habitat for the threatened Canada lynx...The designated habitat totals 39,000 square miles... The Fish and Wildlife Service designated the habitat last year, prompting a lawsuit from snowmobile enthusiast groups in Wyoming and Washington state. The groups worry the designation could close off areas to snowmobiling and harm snowmobile-related businesses. She is the wife of Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal, who nominated her for the bench. "We're really pleased she's upheld the designation almost entirely," said Sean Helle, an attorney with the...
  • Sen. Michael Bennet's not so secret adviser on the environment ( Susan Daggett )

    03/12/2010 12:37:10 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies · 312+ views
    square state ^ | 11/05/09
    the Senator's not so secret advisor on environmental law happens to be his wife: Susan Daggett. Susan Daggett...has worked for the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund ... a commissioner of the Denver Water Board. In 1998 Susan Daggett, an attorney with Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund ... Susan Daggett returned to Washington to work for the Natural Resources Defense Council. She later was the managing attorney with Earth Justice Legal Defense Fund...
  • CA: Ruling may sharply reduce California refinery pollution

    12/20/2008 9:03:05 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 866+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12/20/08 | Margot Roosevelt
    Toxic air pollution spikes from California's 21 refineries may be sharply curtailed in the wake of a U.S. Court of Appeals decision Friday in Washington. In a suit brought by the Sierra Club and other groups, the court struck down a 14-year-old federal regulation thatallowed refineries, chemical plants and other industrial plants to exceed pollution limits during start-ups, shutdowns and equipment outages. Public health advocates in Southern California's oil refinery hub hailed the decision, saying that facilities routinely operate in malfunction mode to evade pollution caps. ... The Environmental Protection Agency regulation amounted to a "gaping loophole," according to the...
  • Put The Blame Where It Belongs ( Environmentalists! )

    05/03/2008 6:55:14 AM PDT · by kellynla · 29 replies · 117+ views
    humanevents.com ^ | 05/02/2008 | Michael Reagan
    In case you haven't noticed, gas prices are soaring, hiking the cost of food and just about everything else. If you believe Hillary Clinton, the blame for all this lies on the shoulders of those greedy oil companies and their bloated profit margins, a notion that like just about every other snake-oil remedy she tries to peddle is simply not the case. We're in the mess in which we find ourselves because of a small handful of people with the money and the power to inflict grievous harm on their fellow humans, whom they just happen to despise. It's about...
  • Bill would limit comment on logging ( would allow foresters and scientists some more say )

    07/12/2006 10:07:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies · 404+ views
    Independent Record ^ | 07/07/06 | NOELLE STRAUB
    Fuel-reduction logging and controlled-burn Forest Service projects on at least 1.2 million public acres would be exempt from the public comment and appeals process under a provision included in a spending bill that a key Senate committee recently approved. Forest Service officials say the measure would reduce the cost and time for high-priority projects... The measure would allow the Forest Service to exempt from the comment and appeals process controlled-burn projects of up to 4,500 acres and fuel-reduction logging projects of up to 1,000 acres... The congressional action comes as the matter remains under litigation, with arguments made in a...
  • Environmental group sues EPA over Central Valley dust rule

    04/13/2006 9:34:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 340+ views
    An environmental group sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday claiming a new regulation over air pollution in the Central Valley is too lax. Earthjustice is challenging the rule over particulate matter with a lawsuit filed in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In particulate matter pollution, tiny specks of dust and dirt can linger in the air and become lodged in people's lungs, causing numerous health problems, such as asthma. Agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley, one of the nation's most polluted air basins, is one of the leading causes of particulate matter in the region. The...
  • Groups Protest Genetic Engineering

    01/13/2006 9:20:29 PM PST · by proud_yank · 6 replies · 309+ views
    kgmb9 ^ | January 12, 2006 | Colette P. Fox
    A conference in Waikiki sparked a protest today over an industry that's beginning to thrive in Hawaii - biotechnology. Police monitored a small group of Native Hawaiians and environmentalists who gathered to protest practices in genetic engineering. Across the street, more than 300 people gathered from around the Pacific Rim to share ideas and compare progress in the larger field of biotech. "The biotech industry isn't paying any attention to the serious risk to human health and the environment of their experiments," said Isaac Moriwake of Earthjustice. "The result is they're turning the people of Hawaii and the lands of...
  • Environmental groups split over grizzlies

    08/09/2005 12:57:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies · 749+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | August 9, 2005 | Blaine Harden
    MISSOULA, Mont. — As the Bush administration prepares to remove Yellowstone's grizzly bears from the endangered-species list, a schism has emerged in the environmental movement over whether the bears remain at risk. The nation's largest environmental group, the National Wildlife Federation, supports delisting the bears, whose numbers have bounced back impressively after three decades of federal protection. But other powerful organizations, including the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Earthjustice, are threatening to sue the Bush administration if, as expected, it removes Yellowstone grizzlies from the list. "The recovery has been a huge success, but removing federal protection...
  • Suit takes aim at fort, other agencies (EnviroNutz sue Army)

    06/02/2005 4:10:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 23 replies · 951+ views
    Sierra Vista Herald, Sierra Vista Arizona ^ | June 2, 2005 | DIANE SAUNDERS
    SIERRA VISTA - The Center for Biological Diversity and Maricopa Audubon Society are seeking court orders to force several federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Defense and Fort Huachuca's commanding general, into compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act or the federal Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in federal district court in Tucson, names as defendants the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of Defense and "Barbara Fast, in her official capacity as commanding general of Fort Huachuca."...
  • Good Riddance: Clinton "Roadless Rule" Dead - (58 mil acres returned to "Us, the People")

    05/08/2005 5:36:28 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 8 replies · 436+ views
    DON DODD.COM ^ | MAY 6, 2005 | Peyton Knight
    Finally, more than four years after its hideous birth, the Clinton "Roadless Rule" is dead. The Bush administration and the Forest Service just announced a final rule that effectively undoes Clinton's reckless decree. Dying with the "Roadless Rule" are the following: - threats of catastrophic wildfire - threats of forest infestation and disease - lack of public access to public lands - improper resource management - unhealthy forests - top-down federal overreach Recall that Bill Clinton, just eight days before he left office, in the dark of night, penned his infamous, unilateral, executive order that locked up over 58 million...
  • Judge voids U.S. approval of Mont. mine

    03/30/2005 9:33:25 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 718+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/30/05 | Susan Gallagher - AP
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A judge sidelined a copper and silver mine criticized by environmentalists and swank jeweler Tiffany, saying the plan was approved without consideration of the possible harm to imperiled grizzly bears and bull trout. Judge Donald Molloy said the Fish and Wildlife Service inadequately weighed the possible effects of the mining proposal on wildlife that fall under the protection of the federal Endangered Species Act. Revett Silver Co. has proposed developing the Rock Creek mine on the edge of the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness Area in northwestern Montana. Environmentalists praised the Monday ruling. "It's a huge victory for...
  • Environmentalists Sue Bush Administration (..again)

    02/17/2005 3:41:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 454+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/17/05 | Matthew Daly - AP
    WASHINGTON - Environmentalists sued the Bush administration on Thursday over new rules for managing the 192 million acres of national forests. The rules issued in December give managers of the 155 national forests more discretion to approve logging and other commercial projects without lengthy environmental reviews. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, claims the rules water down protection of wildlife and the environment "to the point where they are virtually meaningless." The suit filed by San Francisco-based Earthjustice on behalf of a coalition of conservation groups said the rules fail to include important environmental protection measures...
  • Environmentalists sue over Bush changes (WAAAAA Alert)

    10/26/2004 8:57:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 337+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/26/04 | Matthew Daly - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday to reverse a Bush administration decision to set aside Reagan-era rules aimed at protecting wildlife in national forests. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, seeks to reinstate a 1982 rule that required the Forest Service to ensure that "viable populations" were maintained of wildlife species that are not endangered, such as elk, Appalachian brook trout and river otters. The administration set aside the rule last month, saying officials now can rely on the "best available science" - a less specific standard - to guide their decisions....
  • California Environmental Law Challenged by Foreign Investors Using NAFTA (Hearing)

    06/07/2004 10:22:46 AM PDT · by madfly · 22 replies · 199+ views
    US NewsWire (News Release) ^ | June 4, 2004 | Martin Wagner
    California Environmental Law Challenged by Foreign Investors Using NAFTA; Methanex v. U.S. Hearing Open for Public Viewing June 7 To: Assignment Desk, Daybook Editor, Environment Reporter Contact: Martin Wagner of Earthjustice, 510-550-6700, Marcos Orellana of the Center for International Environmental Law, 202-785-8700, Howard Mann of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, 613-286-5383 News Advisory:WHO: Three-Member Arbitral Panel administered by ICSID (International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes)WHAT: Hearing in the case Methanex Corporation v. United States of AmericaWHERE: Ground Floor of the MC Building of the World Bank (adjacent to the Preston Auditorium), Entrance to broadcast will be the...
  • Wanna help me give the Greenies a bad time tomorrow??? or What Justice from EarthJustice?

    02/26/2003 6:55:19 PM PST · by sauropod · 30 replies · 291+ views
    Alliance for America, Mike Hardiman, Self | 25 February 2003, 26 February 2003 | Sauropod, Mike Hardiman, Alliance for America
    I am going to crash this party... Anybody want in? Subject: Experts To Detail Full Scope of Bush Assaults on U.S. Public Lands FYI Rose Correira President Alliance for America http://www.ems.org/advisories/public_lands.html MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Thursday, February 27, 2003 CONTACT: Elisabeth Ensley, EMS, 202/463-6670 Kalee Kreider, Fenton Communications, 202/822-5200 Experts To Detail Full Scope Of Bush Assaults On U.S. Public Lands Attacks, Giveaways Include National Parks, National Forests, Other Public Lands Coast-to-Coast; Rewriting the Rules to Put Drilling, Logging, Mining Interests Ahead of the Public Interest Washington - The broadest and most aggressive assault in history on America's public lands is...
  • Group seeks to block Moloka'i cruise port calls

    12/04/2002 5:27:39 PM PST · by Vidalia · 5 replies · 173+ views
    Honolulu Advertiser ^ | Wednesday, December 4, 2002 | Kelly Yamanouchi
    <p>An environmental advocacy group is suing to stop the first cruise ship visit planned for Moloka'i on Dec. 28, saying an environmental assessment of the potential impact is needed.</p> <p>Earthjustice, on behalf of Moloka'i community group Hui Ho'opakele 'Aina, filed the suit in Maui's second circuit court yesterday arguing that the state must conduct an environmental study because the cruise line Holland America will use state land when it anchors and ferries passengers in its visit.</p>
  • Klamath Bucket Brigade Reacts harshly to the Fishermen s Association's Lawsuit

    04/29/2002 6:05:14 AM PDT · by madfly · 57 replies · 463+ views
    The Sierra Times ^ | Apr. 26, 2002 | J.J. Johnson
    The Klamath Bucket Brigade Reacts harshly to the Fishermen’s Association's Lawsuit (Lawsuit against Bureau of Reclamation could threaten user water supply) Report By J.J. JohnsonPublished 04. 26. 02 at 15:37 Sierra Time KLAMATH FALLS --   On April 24, 2002, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, EarthJustice, The Oregon Natural Resource Council, WaterWatch, The Klamath Forest Alliance, and several other environmental groups filed a lawsuit in Federal Court in Oakland asking for a temporary restraining order against the Bureau of Reclamation to shut off the irrigation water to the Klamath Project farmers for the month of May, or...