Legal Petition: Community Leaders, Advocates Call on Secretary of Transportation To Ban Use of Hazardous Rail Cars
What action did the petitioners take? Today, two conservation organizations, Sierra Club and Forest Ethics, filed a formal legal petition with the U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) demanding that the agency issue an emergency order prohibiting the use of unsafe rail cars— known as DOT-111s—to carry Bakken crude oil and other similarly explosive crudes. In September 2013, DOT initiated a process that will likely result in a phase-out of DOT-111s and other dangerous rail cars.
It was a good day in court for Earthjustice and our clients after four years of fighting to protect the roadless forest in western Colorado from a coal mine that would deal a double whammy of damage through road construction and millions of tons of climate pollution.
The Sunset Roadless Area is a 5,800-acre area within the Gunnison National Forest that provides great backcountry hiking and hunting, as well as habitat for goshawk, black bear, elk, and the imperiled lynx.
Last month, we celebrated EPA's announcement that it is proposing first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants, the nation's biggest contributors to climate change. After years of paralysis in Washington, there is a real prospect of national action on climate that will shrink the U.S. carbon footprint and set the stage for more productive international negotiations in Paris, where the president may now arrive with new leverage and even some moral authority for a change.
Legislation nicknamed as "The Empty Oceans Act"—because it threatens protections for marine species—is the first attempt by Congress to update this nation's most important oceans law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.