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  • Nipping a Legal Problem in the Bud

    05/27/2017 6:49:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 27, 2017 | Paul Driessen
    One of my recent articles predicted that the Fish & Wildlife Service’s endangered species designation for the rusty patched bumblebee would lead to its being used to delay or block construction projects and pesticide use on hundreds of millions of acres of US farmland. The abuses have already begun. Projects in Minnesota and elsewhere have been delayed, while people tried to ascertain that no bees were actually nesting in the areas. Now a federal district court judge has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency failed to consult with the FWS before approving 59 products containing neonicotinoid pesticides that are used...
  • Huge pythons caught so far during state's Everglades hunting challenge

    04/05/2017 9:34:32 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 47 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 5 Apr 2017
    The biggest catch, so far, went to Patrick Campbell who caught a python measuring 15 feet, 10 inches and weighing 135 pounds, according to the South Florida Water Management District. The second largest catch was made by Nicholas Banos and trapping partner Leonardo Sanchez whose python measured 15 feet, 2 inches and weighed 144 pounds.... Twenty five people are taking part in the python hunt that began in late March and runs until June. They are paid $8.10 per hour, for up to eight hours a day, and get extra money depending on the length of the snake that’s caught.
  • Environmentalists preparing to battle Trump, GOP in court

    01/29/2017 9:00:22 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 29, 2017 12:16 AM EST | Tammy Webber and John Flesher
    Environmentalists facing a hostile Trump administration and a Republican-dominated Congress say the courts may offer their best chance to block changes they oppose. Advocacy groups nationwide are hiring more staff lawyers and coordinating with private attorneys and firms volunteering their services. They are seeking donations, setting priorities and reviewing laws that could be the basis of lawsuits against Trump policies concerning climate change, endangered wildlife, pollution and other issues. …
  • Dems Won't Rule Out Endangered Species Act Suits To Block Trump's Wall

    01/27/2017 9:13:25 AM PST · by Zakeet · 73 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 27, 2017 | Michael Bastasch
    President Trump's political opponents may use existing federal laws designed to protect endangered species to stop him from building a border wall to stem the flow of illegal immigrants coming from Mexico. Environmentalists say Trump's proposed border wall would hinder the movement of endangered species migrating through their natural, cross-border habitats, and activists aren’t above filing suit under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to stop the wall. [Snip] "Litigation is just one tool in our advocacy work, and we take nothing off the table," she said. [Snip] Jaguars and ocelots, for examples, are endangered species whose range extends along the...
  • Western counties join in opposition to BLM’s land-use plan [ Colorado ]

    12/07/2016 9:02:09 AM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | December 6, 2016 | Gary Harmon
    County officials in western Colorado have regularly lambasted Planning 2.0 and this week, Garfield County joined in with five other counties in the western United States considering suing to halt the rule, which they have criticized as a central-planning measure. The BLM this month announced that the rule was final and on Monday, Garfield County agreed to spend as much as $40,000 with the Texas-based property-rights organization, the American Stewards of Liberty, to halt it. While Garfield County is taking an active role, Mesa County officials are looking to Congress and a Republican administration under President-elect Donald Trump to deal...
  • Draining the swamp [reforming environmental policy]

    11/12/2016 7:26:06 AM PST · by snarkpup · 12 replies
    Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction, CO) ^ | Friday, November 11, 2016 | Greg Walcher
    Donald Trump’s stunning victory in the presidential election has already created the usual swarm of “experts” who know exactly what the new president must do. The chattering class, editorialists, columnists, and bloggers everywhere are rushing to get their ideas heard. From appointment suggestions to major policy initiatives, all seem to know exactly what Mr. Trump should do. So, here is my two cents! ... Here are five specific suggestions for sound environmental policies that would help get the economy back on track.
  • Feds Thinking About Killing 31,000 Mining Jobs To Protect A Chicken

    10/08/2016 5:26:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller News ^ | 10/08/2016 | Andrew Follett
    A new report has government officials considering setting 10 million acres of across six states in the American west off limits to mining and development to protect the chicken-like Greater Sage Grouse, which is not an endangered species. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report found that much of the Sage Grouse’s habitat sits on top of extremely valuable deposits of minerals including gold, copper, lithium, silver, uranium and many others. The USGS report means that the government’s most restrictive grouse protection plan could kill even more than 31,000 jobs and lead to more than $5.6 billion in reduced annual economic...
  • Yellow-billed cuckoos seen two times in Delta County ( Colorado - UN Agenda 21 )

    09/26/2016 8:20:01 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | September 25, 2016 | Gary Harmon
    There were two sightings of Western yellow-billed cuckoos this year, both in Delta County, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said. The secretive birds are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering designating parts of western Colorado as critical habitat for the migratory bird, including lands along the Colorado River through Mesa County. Sightings — which frequently involve people hearing the cuckoo’s distinctive “klak-klak” sound — have been recorded in Mesa and Delta counties in previous years. ... “We have changed the initial map due to comments from the proposed...
  • Forestry Company Sues Greenpeace Under Anti-Mafia Law For Conspiracy

    05/31/2016 4:43:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | 05/31/2016 | Andrew Follett
    A forestry company filed a civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) lawsuit against Greenpeace Tuesday for misrepresenting the company’s environmental record to raise funds and promote its agenda. Greenpeace knowingly and deliberately made false claims about the company while fundraising, and fabricated evidence of Resolute’s alleged environmental malfeasance, according to the forestry and paper company Resolute Forest Products. RICO is an anti-mafia law designed to combat organized crime. Greenpeace’ is a global fraud,” states the 124-page legal complaint. “For years, this international network of environmental groups collectively calling themselves ‘Greenpeace’ has fraudulently induced people throughout the United States and...
  • Democrats dispute claim that shielding birds hurts military

    04/26/2016 3:14:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 26, 2016 5:22 PM EDT | Richard Lardner
    House Democrats on Tuesday released letters from Pentagon officials that they said should put an end to “silly speculation” generated by Republicans that protecting a bird known as the greater sage-grouse could hamstring the U.S. military. They're hoping the new information persuades lawmakers to oppose a GOP provision in the annual defense policy bill that would block the Obama administration from protecting the sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act for 10 years. The measure also would prevent implementation of land-use plans by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to conserve the sage-grouse and its habitat. …
  • Your utility bill is safe, for now ( EPA )

    04/09/2016 10:11:03 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | February 12, 2016 | Greg Walcher
    the U.S. Supreme Court .. issued an injunction blocking the EPA from implementing its Clean Power Plan, which would end America’s use of coal, its cheapest and most abundant source of electricity. ... Western Colorado’s economy is so dependent on coal. It employs more than 2,000 people and generates $58 million in federal and state royalties, $28 million in private landowner royalties, $4.5 million in reclamation funds, and pays $28 million in property, severance, and sales taxes — all of it on the Western Slope. EPA has never tried anything so unpopular in its 45-year history, and that is saying...
  • Bowie shuts down coal mine ( Jobs & Energy : Colorado )

    02/27/2016 7:55:01 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | February 26, 2016 | Dennis Webb
    The North Fork Valley is now down to one operating coal mine after Friday’s announcement that the Bowie No. 2 Mine near Paonia is being idled. Kentucky-based Bowie Resource Partners said in a news release that the action is occurring “as a result of continued market deterioration.” “The mine will remain idle while the market for Bowie No. 2 coal is evaluated,” the company said. The mine employs 108 full-time employees and one contractor. Bowie said it expects that 68 positions will be eliminated ... Just a few years ago, Bowie No. 2 employed more than 300 miners ... Another...
  • How Federal Missteps Make the Case to Transfer Public Lands to States, Localities

    12/28/2015 12:17:56 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | December 27, 2015 | Marjorie Haun
    A growing number of state organizations seek to remedy what they consider negligent policies and shoddy oversight of public land on the part of federal agencies. Under the umbrella name Transfer of Public Lands, the movement offers a solution to the problem that is simple in concept: transfer ownership and management of public lands administered by federal agencies to equivalent state agencies. These agencies, being accountable to governors, state legislators and citizens, will manage the public lands in a more conscientious, cost-effective way. ... Unlike states east of the Continental Divide, public lands in Western states such as Washington and...
  • Environmentalists file intent to sue federal agencies over power plant ( Four Corners )

    12/25/2015 11:05:31 AM PST · by george76 · 36 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | December 24, 2015 | Jonathan Romeo
    Groups question keeping Four Corners Power Plant open for 25 more years. A coalition of environmental groups has filed a notice of intent to sue the Office of Surface Mining, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and others over a July decision to allow the Four Corners Power Plant to operate through 2041. A coalition of environmental groups announced earlier this week its intent to take legal action against several federal agencies for extending operations at the Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo Mine just outside Farmington. On Dec. 21, San Juan Citizen Alliance, among other regional and national conservation groups,...
  • Obama: I've set aside more acres than any president ever

    10/24/2015 9:32:55 AM PDT · by PROCON · 45 replies
    investors.com ^ | Oct. 24, 2015 | ANDREW MALCOLM
    President Obama's weekly remarks Hi, everybody. Our country is home to some of the most beautiful God-given landscapes in the world. We’re blessed with natural treasures — from the Grand Tetons to the Grand Canyon; from lush forests and vast deserts to lakes and rivers teeming with wildlife. And it’s our responsibility to protect these treasures for future generations, just as previous generations protected them for us. Since taking office, I’ve set aside more than 260 million acres of public lands and waters — more than any President in history. Last month, we announced that 11 states had come together...
  • GROUSE GETTING BUSY! New Report Says Population Has Rebounded ( Colorado, NM ..)

    08/05/2015 2:13:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | August 5, 2015
    The sage grouse population has exploded in the last two years, growing by nearly two-thirds from more than 49,000 males in 2013 to more than 80,000 this year. ... This is encouraging news for the bird, and for the people whose lives would be turned upside down by the federal government if it still insists on listing the critter as an endangered species on the brink of extinction. The report considered the population across the bird’s 11-state habitat, with specific news on the growth in Colorado numbers ... The report falls on the heels of a gloom and doom forecast...
  • Endangered frog finds new home in Jackson County

    06/13/2015 3:00:35 PM PDT · by BBell · 12 replies
    http://www.sunherald.com ^ | 6/12/15 | JEFF CLARK
    GAUTIER -- An endangered South Mississippi frog may be leaping away from extinction and into repopulation, thanks to a program at the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge in Gautier.Fifty-six dusky gopher frogs, a species indigenous to Harrison County, were released Friday into a pond on the refuge in Jackson County, bringing to 1,074 the number of the frogs that have been released since May. The dusky gopher frog, considered a "critically endangered" animal, has been on the endangered-species list since 2001. "We are taking an existing population of the frogs from Saucier in Harrison County and repopulating them elsewhere,"...
  • Researcher Finds Rare Vietnamese Rabbit

    06/08/2015 1:52:47 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    www.updatednews.ca ^ | Published On: Mon, Jun 8th, 2015 | University of East Anglia
    A rare and elusive rabbit has been found, held and photographed by a researcher from the University of East Anglia (UEA). The Annamite Striped rabbit, found in the forests of Laos and Vietnam, was first documented by rabbit expert Dr Diana Bell and colleagues from UEA’s School of Biological Sciences in the journal Nature in 1999. It has rarely been seen since. Researcher Sarah Woodfin, who is studying for a Masters in Applied Ecology and Conservation at UEA, set out on a three-month expedition to track the recently-discovered rabbit and study its habitat. But she didn’t expect to see one...
  • OREGON - BLM Hosts Open House in Klamath Falls on Western Oregon Draft RMP-EIS

    05/22/2015 3:13:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    BlueRibbon Coalition ^ | May 20, 2015
    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Klamath Falls Field office of the Lakeview District will be hosting an open house to learn about the Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Western Oregon. The open house meeting will be held the evening of May 26, 2015, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel located at 2500 Almond Street, Klamath Falls, Oregon. BLM employees will be on hand to answer questions, provide information and listen to concerns. There will also be a demonstration on how to use the interactive maps and other online resources...
  • Letter presses feds to keep mine open ( Colorado)

    05/22/2015 8:24:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | May 21, 2015 | Gary Harmon
    The U.S. Department of the Interior should do all it can to keep open the Colowyo coal mine in northwest Colorado, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton and Sen. Cory Gardner, both Colorado Republicans, said in a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. ... Colowyo Mine employs 220 people in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties and has a payroll of about $20 million, Tipton wrote to Jewell, asking that Interior react quickly to a federal court ruling that could force closure of the mine. “The adverse effects of shutting down this mine go beyond the jobs at the mine that would be...