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June 16, 2020 | Feature

Too Sacred To Drill

As Earthjustice built its legal case to protect the Badger-Two Medicine area, the Blackfeet Nation built a movement, drawn together by collective outrage over the oil industry’s demands to drill a treasured landscape.

June 15, 2020 | In the News: The Colorado Sun

A federal court ruled a coal company couldn’t build a road on public land near Paonia. The company did it anyway.

Robin Cooley, Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office, Earthjustice: “I can’t speak to their motivation, but I can definitely say that it isn’t surprising to me that the District Court was taking some time given that the courts have been closed down by the COVID crisis so for Mountain Coal to use that to their advantage is pretty unacceptable. Mountain Coal said what would happen if the court vacated the North Fork Exception. And the court vacated the exception and they built their road anyway.”

May 29, 2020 | In the News: Bloomberg Law

Gas, Oil Drilling in National Forests May Expand Under Rule Plan

Michael Freeman, Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office, Earthjustice: “BLM doesn’t have specific knowledge of forest lands. They’re not as intimately familiar with a national forest as the agency that’s responsible for managing that forest. It’s critical that at every stage, the Forest Service analyze the lands that are proposed for drilling.”

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