Heidi McIntosh, Managing Attorney, Earthjustice: "Though they were only given a brief window to do so, the public has roared its support for Bears Ears National Monument."
The Latest On: Rocky Mountain
Colorado’s Governor Said He Didn’t Want To Appeal A Controversial Oil-And-Gas Ruling. The Attorney General Did It Anyway.
Michael Freeman, Staff Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office: "The buck stops with Governor Hickenlooper because he can still keep this case from moving forward. The Attorney General can’t bring a Supreme Court appeal on behalf of the COGCC without that agency’s consent. If the Governor is serious about protection of public health, safety, and the environment, he needs to direct his COGCC to immediately drop the agency’s challenge to the Martinez decision."
Environment Groups Urge Hickenlooper Not To Fight Appeals Court Ruling That Prioritizes Public Health And Safety
Mike Freeman, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice: “The Court of Appeals ruling provides plenty of clarity. The only thing that would be served [by asking the supreme court to consider a review] is if the state does not want to make public safety, public health and the environment its first priority.”
Ted Zukoski, Staff Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office, Earthjustice: “Mining and burning more coal will mean more smog, more toxic mercury in the air, more needless methane emissions and more climate pollution. We’re going to continue to oppose coal mining that puts our forests, wildlife and climate at risk.”
Joel Minor, Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office, Earthjustice: "Our arguments aren't even mentioned [in the letter of finding]. The data we submitted isn't mentioned. Really, this is just a rubber stamp from the Trump administration on a project that's going to displace 200 people from their homes."
Michael Hiatt, Staff Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office: "This is a powerful illustration of, try as the Trump administration might to keep burning coal, a lot of times it just doesn't make any economic sense."
An opinion piece by Heidi McIntosh, Managing Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office, Earthjustice
Heidi McIntosh, Managing Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office, Earthjustice: "The Antiquities Act was really a one-way designation authority that allows the president to designate monuments, but it doesn't grant the president any authority to reverse the designations of his predecessors. When [the president] exercises his power, he's standing in the shoes of Congress. In the same way a president can't, on his own, mend or revoke acts of Congress, he can't go back and amend or revoke monuments, either."