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November 17, 2017 | In the News: High Country News

Fish And Wildlife Retracts Opposition To Arizona Project

Stu Gillespie, Attorney, Earthjustice: “If this type of letter is all a developer needs to do under this administration to circumvent the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Protection Act, there will be serious impacts to our environment that go unanalyzed and unregulated. That is a very disturbing outcome.”

November 10, 2017 | In the News: The Daily Sentinel

Stop Mine Emissions

Ted Zukoski, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice: “The state of Colorado has taken a leadership role in regulating air pollution from oil and gas operations. Yet it has done nothing to regulate emissions from coal mine methane vents despite the fact that state inspectors have for years concluded those emissions violate the law. It’s long past time for those charged with protecting the air we breathe to stop finding excuses to do nothing. They need to enforce the law.”

November 2, 2017 | Legal Document

Legal Document: Earthjustice Files Lawsuit against Federal Agencies for Withholding Information on National Monuments from the Public

Plaintiffs bring this case to remedy violations of the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), 5 U.S.C. § 552, by the United States Department of the Interior, United States Bureau of Land Management, and Council on Environmental Quality (collectively, “Defendants”). The violations arise out of Defendants’ continuing failure to respond to a series of FOIA requests Plaintiffs submitted for records related to the administration’s ongoing review of existing national monuments designated over the past twenty-one years pursuant to the 1906 Antiquities Act, 54 U.S.C. §§ 320301–320303. President Donald Trump mandated the review and required Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to provide recommendations about any action the President (among others) should take concerning the monuments, after elected officials in Utah urged him to reverse monument designations in that state. See Executive Order 13792, Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act, 82 Fed. Reg. 20429, 20429-31 (Apr. 26, 2017).

November 2, 2017 | Legal Document

Seven FOIA Requests Related to National Monuments Review

Earthjustice is representing the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., The Wilderness Society, Grand Canyon Trust, Sierra Club, and Great Old Broads for Wilderness in a lawsuit to compel the agencies to respond to these seven Freedom of Information Act requests, most of which have been overdue for months. The complaint alleges that the agencies have failed to meet their response deadlines under the Act and have repeatedly rejected or ignored these organizations’ inquiries on their requests’ status.

October 4, 2017 | Legal Document

Court Judgment: Trump Administration Illegally Suspended Rule Preventing Waste of Publicly-owned Natural Gas on Public and Tribal Lands

The Court FINDS and DECLARES that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management violated the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. § 551 et seq., when it issued a notice on June 15, 2017 (82 Fed. Reg. 27,430) (the “Postponement Notice”) postponing the compliance date for certain provisions of the Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation Rule (81 Fed. Reg. 83,008) after the rule had already gone into effect. The Court hereby VACATES the Postponement Notice and ORDERS Defendants to immediately reinstate the Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation Rule in its entirety.

October 4, 2017 | Legal Document

Order Granting Plaintiffs' Motions For Summary Judgment

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California rules that the Trump administration illegally suspended the Obama-era rule preventing waste of publicly-owned natural gas on public and tribal lands.