The Latest On: Roadless Now
Earthjustice has filed an appeal challenging the suspension of twenty-five drilling leases in Colorado’s Thompson Divide. The suspension would extend the amount of time that oil and gas companies can hold on to leases without active drilling instead of allowing the leases to expire as originally scheduled. The leases cover more than 30,000 acres, and drilling would damage both habitat and local communities.
A federal court struck down the final challenge to the roadless rule in the United States, ensuring protection from development and logging for nearly 60 million acres of land across the United States. The judge ruled that Alaska’s challenge came too late under the statute of limitations, and the decision follows previous futile attempts by Idaho and Wyoming to revoke this essential environmental protection policy.
In northeast Nevada, environmental groups are appealing a court ruling that upholds an agreement between federal government and local officials in Elko County which allows a gravel road to run through the habitat of threatened fish along the Jarbidge River near the Nevada-Idaho line.