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In the News: The Salt Lake Tribune May 20, 2024

Bear River pipeline no longer an option to aid in northern Utah growth

Stu Gillespie, Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office: “Until Utah gets serious about addressing upstream water diversions, the lake and all that depends on it will remain at risk,”

Solar panels in Colorado. (Arina P Habich / Shutterstock)
From the Experts May 10, 2024

How We’re Pushing Colorado to Make Buildings Climate-Friendly

For a decade, Earthjustice has advocated for a cleaner and more equitable energy system at the Colorado PUC—and we’re seeing progress.

View of Antelope Island on the Great Salt Lake. (Nick Pedersen / Getty Images)
Press Release May 6, 2024

Three-Dozen Law Professors File Amicus Brief in Support of Great Salt Lake Lawsuit

Professors argue public trust doctrine requires the state to intervene on excessive water use

document May 3, 2024

Great Salt Lake: Amicus Brief from 36 Law Professors

The state of Utah has violated its fundamental legal duty to protect the Great Salt Lake against impairment due to dwindling water inflows, 36 law professors told a state court. The professors asked the court to consider an amicus – or “friend of the court” – brief in support of conservation groups’ lawsuit against the state of Utah for its failure to ensure that enough water reaches the Great Salt Lake.

document April 26, 2024

Great Salt Lake: Combined Opposition – Response to Motions to Dismiss

Conservation groups file a 135-page response to the numerous motions to dismiss in the Great Salt Lake lawsuit.

The northeast corner of Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni - Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument in northern Arizona. (Ben Arnoldy / Earthjustice)
From the Experts April 26, 2024

Defending the Antiquities Act and Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni National Monument

Attacks on the Antiquities Act are not new. Earthjustice and our partners continue to fight back.

A view of the northwest section of the Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni - Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument in Arizona. (U.S. Department of the Interior)
Press Release April 25, 2024

Conservation Groups Defend Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni National Monument, Antiquities Act

Motion to intervene filed in support of President Biden’s monument designation near Grand Canyon

document April 25, 2024

Motion to Intervene: Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni – Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument

Conservation groups filed a motion to intervene in defense of President Biden’s designation of Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni – Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument in Arizona.

In the News: Colorado Community Media April 18, 2024

Denver and Commerce City officials rally behind bill aiming to combat air pollution

Rebecca Curry, Policy Advocate, Rocky Mountain Office: “This bill seeks to hold the state accountable for several protections promised in the Environmental Justice Act.”

An abandoned well leaks oil onto the surface in West Texas in 2023. (Elizabeth Conley / Houston Chronicle via Getty Images)
Update April 12, 2024

Oil and Gas Companies Will Have to Pay More to Drill on Public Land

A new federal rule will better protect communities and the environment, while better protecting taxpayers’ money and helping the agency manage public lands for their highest value.

Vast acreages of public lands used for drilling in Vernal, Utah. (WildEarth Guardians / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Press Release April 12, 2024

Earthjustice Applauds Overdue Reforms to Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Program

Biden administration announces long awaited reforms that will hold oil industry accountable

In the News: Inside Climate News April 11, 2024

Western Conservationists and Industry Each Tout Wins in a Pair of Rulings From the Same Court

Alexandra Schluntz, Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office: “We really think this should be a wakeup call for the BLM. This case shows that the BLM has a lot of work to do to improve its process for leasing lands to oil and gas development, and improve how it’s analyzing and protecting the environment while it’s making…

The Suncor refinery in North Denver. (Martin do Nascimento / Earthjustice)
Press Release April 8, 2024

Conservation and Environmental Justice Groups File Administrative Appeal of Suncor Water Permit

Groups seek lower PFAS limits and shorter compliance schedules to help protect communities

document April 5, 2024

Suncor Water Permit Appeal

Conservation and environmental justice groups filed an administrative appeal challenging aspects of the Suncor refinery’s Clean Water Act discharge permit.

Flaring at a gas drilling site. (Western Organization of Resource Councils)
Press Release March 28, 2024

National Conservation and Environmental Groups Respond to BLM Methane Waste Rule

BLM rule take steps to reduce waste from routine venting and flaring of gas at well sites

In the News: Gillette News Record March 28, 2024

Court rules against BLM on oil and gas lease sales

Alexandra Schluntz, Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office: “The Bureau of Land Management can’t just say, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll fix it at a later stage.’ Not when there’s evidence in the record that shows they haven’t been fixing it.”

Natural gas well pads, pipelines, and other associated infrastructure in the Upper Green River Basin in Wyoming. Once home to pristine, clean air and very little industrial activity, emissions from oil and gas production in this area now lead to unhealthy levels of smog. (Ecoflight)
Press Release: Victory March 25, 2024

Court Rules 2022 Wyoming Oil and Gas Lease Sale Was Illegal

Wyoming sale was one of the largest oil and gas lease sales held on public lands

In the News: KGNU March 22, 2024

Suncor scores another three years to leak unlimited amounts of forever chemicals into a major Colorado water system

Ian Coghill, attorney with Earthjustice’s Rocky Mountain Office, speaks with KGNU’s Alexis Kenyon