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In the News: Desert News June 12, 2024

The Supreme Court decision that could rock Utah

Heidi McIntosh, Managing Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office, Earthjustice: “Utah’s argument that the president may only designate small monuments centered on specific sites is just wrong. In 1920, the Supreme Court upheld President Teddy Roosevelt’s use of the Antiquities Act to protect 800,000 acres in Arizona when he declared the Grand Canyon a national monument. In…

Press Release June 12, 2024

Groups Send Notice of Intent to Sue Over Pinto Valley Mine Excessive Groundwater Pumping

Pumping would harm endangered species, reduce flows to Roosevelt Lake

In the News: KYUK May 28, 2024

Pipeline proposed to power Donlin mine could have impacts from Y-K Delta to Cook Inlet

Olivia Glasscock, Attorney, Alaska Office, Earthjustice: “Unless you look at the whole project, you’re not actually going to understand the impacts on the public interest.”

North Antelope Rochelle Mine in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. (EcoFlight)
Update May 21, 2024

Coal Mining Winding Down in the Nation’s Largest Coal-Producing Region

The Biden administration announced that it will end coal leasing in the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming, keeping billions of tons of highly polluting coal in the ground.

The North Antelope Rochelle Mine, located in Campbell County, Wyoming, about 65 miles south of Gillette in the Powder River Basin.
(EcoFlight)
Press Release: Victory May 16, 2024

Biden Administration to End Coal Leasing in Powder River Basin

BLM decision will keep nearly 6 billion tons of highly polluting coal in the ground

(Architect of the Capitol)
Press Release May 1, 2024

Earthjustice Slams Congressional Votes on Anti-Environmental Bills

“This week’s votes are the anti-Earth week nobody asked for.”

document April 26, 2024

Letter in Opposition to the Superior Forest Bill

Groups oppose H.R. 3195, efforts to void the Boundary Waters area mineral withdrawal.

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 24, 2024

Letter in Opposition to the WEST Act

Letter in opposition to H.R. 3397, the Western Economic Security Today (WEST) Act of 2023. This dangerous legislation circumvents the administrative process, stifles public input, ignores the law, and halts the implementation of an overdue regulatory update which balances management of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

In the News: Audubon April 18, 2024

A Proposed Reset for Public Lands Could Be a Big Boost to Conservation

If implemented in earnest, the shift would weave tribal knowledge of the land into its management, says Gussie Lord, managing attorney of the Tribal Partnerships Program at Earthjustice and an Oneida Nation of Wisconsin member.

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

feature April 2, 2024

This Treasured Alaska Rainforest Shields Us From Climate Change

The National Roadless Rule, now reinstated on the Tongass National Forest, safeguards vast tracts of old-growth forest that serve as important carbon sinks.

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

document March 22, 2024

Wyoming Lease Sale Summary Judgment Order

A federal court ruled that the Bureau of Land Management’s decision to lease nearly 120,000 acres of federal land for oil and gas development in June 2022 violated the law.

In the News: Great Falls Tribune February 27, 2024

Supreme Court approves copper mine near edge of beloved Smith River

Jenny Harbine, Managing Attorney, Northern Rockies Office: “Montanans and the wildlife who depend on pristine water quality and adequate flows in the Smith River deserve no less than the full protections afforded by these laws.”

North Antelope Rochelle Mine, Campbell County, Wyoming. (Ecoflight)
Press Release February 21, 2024

Ninth Circuit Decision Throws Out Coal Leasing Challenge

Northern Cheyenne Tribe and conservation groups urge Interior Department to act on coal