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Teatfish Sea Cucumbers Get Much-needed Global Trade Protections
GENEVA— Nations around the world have voted to adopt critical trade protections for three types of sea cucumbers to curb overfishing and the animals’ steep population declines. The decision was reached during this week’s meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), a multilateral treaty that protects imperiled plants and wildlife affected by trade.Read more.
Trump’s Fish and Wildlife Service Has Issued Mexican Wolf ‘Kill Order’
TUCSON, Ariz.— Conservation groups condemned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for the agency’s blanket authorization — which it is not making public, but which conservationists have uncovered — to trap or kill an imperiled Mexican wolf in Arizona for the sake of protecting livestock.Read more.
World Governments Agree to Trade Protections for Giraffes
GENEVA, Switzerland— Parties to an international wildlife treaty today agreed to regulate trade in giraffes, throwing the imperiled animals a lifeline as their populations plummet. A coalition of African nations proposed the protections, which require permits and tracking of exports in live and dead giraffes and their parts.Read more.
Lawsuit Filed to Protect Habitat for 12 Endangered Coral Species
WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration today for failing to protect 12 coral species around Florida and islands in the Pacific Ocean. The corals all received Endangered Species Act protection in 2014, but they did not receive the critical habitat protection the law requires.Read more.
Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration Attack on Endangered Species Act
WASHINGTON— Environmental and animal protection groups today sued the Trump administration over its new regulations that dramatically weaken the Endangered Species Act.Read more.
Flooding, Pollution Threat Prompts Call for Uranium Mine Closure Near Grand Canyon
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz.— Conservation groups called on Arizona officials today to close a uranium mine near Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim, citing severe and ongoing flooding that threatens to pollute deep aquifers that feed the canyon’s springs. Original mine approvals dismissed flooding as a “remote” possibility.Read more.
Lawsuit Challenges Trump EPA’s 200 Million-acre Expansion of Bee-killing Pesticide
PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety sued the Trump administration today over its July decision to approve use of the bee-killing pesticide sulfoxaflor across more than 200 million acres of crops.Read more.
Trump Administration Sued for Failing to Protect Endangered West Coast Orcas
SEATTLE— Conservation groups sued the Trump administration today for ignoring a legal petition to protect critically endangered Southern Resident killer whales in the heart of their Salish Sea habitat.Read more.
Seward Endangered Species Mural to Be Celebrated Aug. 21
SEWARD, Alaska— A new endangered species mural outside Seward’s Temple Studios will be celebrated on Wednesday, Aug. 21. The Center for Biological Diversity, Blackwater Railroad Company, Puffin Foundation and Mermaid Festival are hosting the event.Read more.
Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Las Vegas Bearpoppy
LAS VEGAS— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition today asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to give Endangered Species Act protection to the Las Vegas bearpoppy, a desert flower that has disappeared across much of the Mojave Desert.Read more.
Farmers, Conservationists Challenge Approval of Monsanto’s Crop-damaging Dicamba Pesticide
WASHINGTON— Four public-interest organizations representing farmers and conservationists have made their legal case in a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Monsanto. The opening brief, filed late Tuesday, challenges the approval of a pesticide that was designed to be sprayed on soybeans and cotton crops genetically engineered by Monsanto to tolerate being sprayed with dicamba.Read more.
Trump Administration Denies Protection to Six More Imperiled Species
WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denied endangered species protection today to six species from around the country, including an imperiled bee and the Siskiyou Mountains salamander. The agency was responding to petitions from the Center for Biological Diversity and other groups.Read more.
Trump Administration to Strip Florida Key Deer of Federal Protection
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— President Donald Trump’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service intends to strip Endangered Species Act protection from Florida Key deer despite severe and increasing threats from sea-level rise, disease, hurricanes and urban sprawl. A letter from the agency revealed that it intends to delist the Key deer.Read more.
Iconic Sturgeon of Great Lakes, Mississippi River Take Step Toward Endangered Species Protection
CHICAGO— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced it will consider Endangered Species Act protection for lake sturgeon. Today’s positive finding responds to a 2018 Center for Biological Diversity petition seeking safeguards for the big fish.Read more.
CITES’ Last Chance to Save Vaquita Porpoise
LONDON― As governments from around the world prepare to meet in Geneva for the 18th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), a new report urges the imposition of trade suspensions against Mexico for its failure to protect the critically endangered vaquita from illegal fishing and trade in the totoaba, a large fish found in Mexico’s Gulf of California.Read more.
Lawsuit Takes on Trump’s Dirty Power Plan
WASHINGTON— Ten environmental groups sued Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency today to overturn the administration’s Dirty Power Plan and reinstate the Obama-era Clean Power Plan.Read more.
Trump Visit to Plastic Plant Ignores Pollution Crisis, Outdated Federal Rules
MONACA, Pa.― President Donald Trump’s visit today to a massive plastics plant being built in Pennsylvania by Royal Dutch Shell ignores the plastic pollution and toxic chemicals such plants are allowed to release under decades-old federal regulations. Local groups protested today’s visit and the petrochemical industry’s plan to increase U.S. plastic production using the oversupply of fracked natural gas.Read more.
Lawsuit Challenges Trump EPA’s Failure to Protect California’s Ventura County From Deadly Smog
VENTURA, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Environmental Health filed a lawsuit today against the Trump administration for failing to finalize plans to curtail dangerous smog in Ventura County, Calif.Read more.
Lawsuit Launched to Protect Green Sea Turtle Habitat Threatened by Sea-level Rise, Plastic Pollution, Warming
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Center for Biological Diversity, Sea Turtle Oversight Protection and Turtle Island Restoration Network filed a notice today of their intent to sue the federal government for failing to protect green sea turtle habitat, which faces threats from sea-level rise, plastic pollution and warming.Read more.
New Lawsuit Launched Against Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia
RICHMOND, Va.— Conservation groups launched a lawsuit today challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The petition for review of the project was filed with the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond.Read more.
Trump Finalizes Disastrous Weakening of Endangered Species Act
WASHINGTON— In a massive attack on imperiled wildlife, the Trump administration today finalized rollbacks to regulations implementing key provisions of the Endangered Species Act. The changes, which could lead to extinction for hundreds of animals and plants, are illegal and will be challenged in court.Read more.
Court OKs Ban on Wildlife Cyanide Poisoning Across 10 Million Acres of Wyoming
CHEYENNE, Wyo.— A federal wildlife-killing program will be banned from using deadly M-44s — spring-loaded capsules armed with cyanide spray — across more than 10 million acres of public land in Wyoming. The ban is as part of an agreement resulting from a lawsuit brought by wildlife advocacy groups.Read more.
Park Service Floats Plan to Shoot Native Elk at Point Reyes National Seashore
POINT REYES, Calif.— The National Park Service released a draft plan today that calls for shooting native elk to allow for expanded cattle ranching and commercial agriculture at Point Reyes National Seashore. The plan would allow the killing of tule elk, damage to wildlife habitat, harm of endangered species, degradation of water quality and create new conflicts with other native wildlife species.Read more.
Legal Action Opposes Federal Approval of Southern California Dam
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif.— Conservation groups today filed a motion with federal energy regulators to intervene in opposition to a controversial plan to build a new dam in Southern California’s Santa Ana Mountains. The project, located on the border of Orange and Riverside counties, would include a reservoir and hydropower project that will cut through roadless areas, inundate forests and threaten endangered species.Read more.
California’s Tulare County Agrees to Curb Air Pollution From Industrial Dairies
VISALIA, Calif.— Conservation groups announced today they have reached an agreement with Tulare County that will reduce greenhouse gas pollution from industrial dairies. The county is the nation’s biggest milk producer.Read more.
Trump Administration Reauthorizes Wildlife-killing M-44 ‘Cyanide Bombs’ Despite Strong Opposition
WASHINGTON— The Trump administration has reauthorized use of sodium cyanide in wildlife-killing devices called M-44s. These “cyanide bombs” received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency despite inhumanely and indiscriminately killing thousands of animals every year. They have also injured people.Read more.
Lawsuit Challenges New Trump Administration Land Swap to Bulldoze Alaska’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge
ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Conservation groups sued the Trump administration today to challenge a land-swap deal with King Cove Corporation aimed at putting a road through the heart of Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.Read more.
Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Huge Offshore Drilling Sale in Gulf of Mexico
WASHINGTON― Environmental groups sued the Trump administration today to challenge its fourth oil and gas lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico. The sale offers more than 78 million acres to offshore drilling without fully analyzing the risks to people, wildlife or the environment.Read more.
Court: Oregon Illegally Denied Marbled Murrelet Endangered Species Protections
EUGENE, Ore.— An Oregon judge has issued a decision concluding the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission violated state law in denying a petition filed by five conservation groups demanding the commission uplist the murrelet from threatened to endangered under the Oregon Endangered Species Act.Read more.
Injunction Sought to Halt Trump’s Wall in Arizona
WASHINGTON— Conservation groups today asked a federal court to block construction of President Donald Trump’s border wall through protected wilderness in Arizona until a judge rules on a pending lawsuit.Read more.
Washington Timberlands Bear Hunting Program’s Fate to Be Decided at Friday Hearing
OLYMPIA, Wash.— The cruel use of hounds and bait to hunt black bears on Washington timberlands could halt Friday at a hearing on the Center for Biological Diversity’s legal challenge to those hunting methods. The hearing will be held at Thurston County Superior Court.Read more.
Trump Administration Ends Long-standing Safeguards Protecting Kids from Dangerous Class of Pesticides
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it will end long-running safeguards meant to protect children from harmful pesticide ingredients used in bug sprays, pet shampoos and on fruits and vegetables.Read more.
Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Failure to Protect Atlantic Sharks, Giant Manta Rays From Lethal Fishing Gear
WASHINGTON— On behalf of Defenders of Wildlife and the Center for Biological Diversity, Earthjustice sued the Trump administration today for failing to protect oceanic whitetip sharks and giant manta rays from being captured and killed in U.S. fisheries in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.Read more.
Federal Judge Halts Construction of Rosemont Mine in Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz.— A federal judge today overturned the U.S. Forest Service’s approval of a controversial open-pit copper mine in southern Arizona’s Santa Rita Mountains, citing the agency’s “inherently flawed analysis from the inception of the proposed Rosemont Mine.” The ruling blocks Toronto-based Hudbay Minerals from beginning construction on the proposed $1.9 billion mine in the Coronado National Forest, 30 miles southeast of Tucson.Read more.
Lawsuit: Trump Is Failing to Protect Emperor Penguins From Climate Crisis
WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration today for failing to act on a petition to protect emperor penguins under the Endangered Species Act.Read more.
Appeal Challenges Trump Administration’s Approval of Nevada Oil Well
RENO, Nev.— Conservation groups today challenged a recently approved oil well in central Nevada, saying the Trump administration’s Bureau of Land Management skirted federal law by failing to conduct a thorough environmental analysis. This is the agency’s first approval of a new oil well in Nevada in almost two years.Read more.
Trump Administration Permits Hilcorp Alaska to Harm Marine Mammals in Cook Inlet
ANCHORAGE— The Trump administration issued final rules today allowing Hilcorp Alaska to harm beluga whales, sea otters and other marine mammals as the company expands its offshore drilling activities in Alaska’s Cook Inlet.Read more.
Legal Action Forces Trump Administration to Curb Killing of California Beavers
SACRAMENTO— The federal wildlife-killing program known as Wildlife Services has agreed to stop shooting and trapping California beavers on more than 11,000 miles of river and 4 million acres of land where the killing could hurt endangered wildlife.Read more.
Protest Challenges Trump’s Fossil-fuel Expansion Plan Threatening Southwestern Colorado
DENVER― Conservation groups protested a Trump administration plan today that would expand federal fossil-fuel development in southwestern Colorado, threatening climate, wildlife and recreation. The Uncompahgre Resource Management Plan would allow increased fracking, which will threaten organic agriculture and endangered species and undermine the state’s new climate law.Read more.
Lawsuit Launched Over Trump Administration’s Approval of Oil-waste Dumping in California’s Arroyo Grande Aquifer
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice today of its intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for ignoring threats to endangered wildlife in its recent approval of an aquifer exemption in the area around the Arroyo Grande oilfield.Read more.
San Diego Lawsuits Challenge Sprawl Development in High-risk Fire Zone
SAN DIEGO— Conservation organizations sued San Diego County today for approving Otay Ranch Village 14, a sprawl development that will pave over hundreds of acres of habitat for golden eagles and other imperiled wildlife and build new homes in one of California’s most dangerously fire-prone areas.Read more.
Threatened Snakes to Get Protected Habitat in Arizona, New Mexico
TUCSON, Ariz.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today agreed to designate protected critical habitat for the narrow-headed and northern Mexican garter snakes, marking a legal victory for the Center for Biological Diversity.Read more.
Lawsuit Challenges Political Meddling in EPA Public Records Changes
WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and the Environmental Integrity Project sued the Trump administration today over sweeping changes to how the Environmental Protection Agency handles public-records requests under the Freedom of Information Act. The EPA’s new rule will take effect Friday.Read more.
Senate Advances Bill That Would Gut Environmental Review of Oil Pipelines, Other Large Infrastructure Projects
WASHINGTON― A Senate committee today approved a bill that would side-step environmental review to fast-track large infrastructure projects, including oil pipelines and natural gas export terminals.Read more.
Legal Petition Seeks Ban on Plastic Pollution From Petrochemical Plants
WASHINGTON― More than 270 community and conservation organizations filed a legal petition today that demands the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adopt strict new water-pollution limits for industrial plants that create plastic.Read more.
Trump Administration Agrees to Revisit Ocean Salmon Fishing Impact on Endangered West Coast Orcas
SEATTLE― A lawsuit challenging West Coast salmon fishing’s impact on critically endangered orcas was put on hold today after the Trump administration agreed to update its analysis. A federal judge approved the settlement and stayed the case until May 1, 2020, or sooner if the National Marine Fisheries Service completes the new biological opinion that will include mitigation measures.Read more.
Lawsuit Forces Trump Administration to Consider Oil Drilling’s Harm to Endangered Wildlife in Gulf of Mexico
TAMPA, Fla.— Prompted by a lawsuit filed by three conservation groups, the Trump administration has finally agreed to complete a legally required consultation about the harm offshore oil drilling does to whales and other threatened and endangered wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico.Read more.
Lawsuit Launched to Protect Imperiled Dunes Sagebrush Lizard in Texas, New Mexico
WASHINGTON— Conservation groups filed a notice today of their intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to protect the severely imperiled dunes sagebrush lizard under the Endangered Species Act.Read more.
Congresswoman Velázquez Introduces Bill to Ban Pesticide Linked to Parkinson’s
WASHINGTON— U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.) has introduced legislation to ban paraquat, an extremely toxic herbicide that has been shown to more than double the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease in farmworkers and others suffering occupational exposure.Read more.
Wyoming Game Commission Urged to Adopt Bear Spray Requirement
ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo.— The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission will meet on July 18 and 19 to decide whether to require hunters to carry bear spray in grizzly bear habitat, in response to a petition from conservation groups. The commission will also consider how to control the spread of chronic wasting disease and whether to adopt regulations for wolf hunting.Read more.
Lawsuit Launched to Force Forest Service to Protect Endangered Species, Remove Livestock From Arizona, New Mexico Waterways
SILVER CITY, N.M.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice today of its intent to sue the U.S. Forest Service for allowing livestock to trample southwestern rivers and streams, which destroys wildlife habitat and threatens rare species. The grazing violates the Endangered Species Act and an earlier legal settlement.Read more.
Court Partially Blocks Summer Grazing on Sensitive Oregon Public Lands
PORTLAND, Ore.― Conservation groups today won a partial preliminary injunction blocking summer grazing by Hammond Ranches on one of two public lands allotments with sensitive ecological values. A federal judge ordered reduced grazing with monthly monitoring on the other allotment.Read more.
Appeal Upheld in Challenge to Oil Drilling in California's Carrizo Plain National Monument
BAKERSFIELD, Calif.― The California Bureau of Land Management has agreed with conservation groups that plans for a new oil well and pipeline in Carrizo Plain National Monument failed to comply with federal environmental laws. The July 12 decision, announced today, said the local BLM office must consider potential harm to California condors, other imperiled wildlife and the climate.Read more.
Petition Seeks to Remove Snail Darter From Endangered Species List, Marking Conservation Success
WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity, former federal biologist Jim Williams and law professor Zygmunt Plater petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to lift Endangered Species Act protection from snail darters.Read more.
Endangered Species Mural to Be Celebrated July 19 in New Mexico
SILVER CITY, N.M.— The Mimbres Regional Arts Council’s Youth Mural Program and Western New Mexico University will unveil a new endangered species mural on Friday, July 19.Read more.
Lawsuit Challenges Fracking Leases Threatening Northern Arizona Groundwater
PHOENIX— Conservation groups sued the Trump administration today for leasing 4,200 acres of public lands for oil and gas extraction in Arizona’s Little Colorado River basin without any new environmental review.Read more.
1.8 Million People Oppose Trump Effort to End Gray Wolf Protection
WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has received a record-breaking 1.8 million digital comments opposing the Trump administration’s proposal to remove Endangered Species Act protection from gray wolves across most of the lower 48 states. The proposal’s official comment period ends today.Read more.
Study: Politics Harming Recovery of Endangered Mexican Wolves
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— A new study released today finds that politics played a large role in the goals set in the 2017 Mexican wolf recovery plan, threatening to severely undermine Mexican wolf recovery.Read more.
Demonstrators Rally for Imperiled Porpoises at Mexican Embassy in Washington D.C.
WASHINGTON— Conservation and animal-protection organizations rallied today outside the Mexican embassy to call on the Mexican government to take drastic action to save the few remaining vaquita porpoises left on the planet. According to scientific experts, between six and 22 of these marine mammals remain, with 10 being the most credible estimate of the population.Read more.
Six Pups Born to White River Wolves This Year in Western Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore.— Six pups were born this year to Oregon’s White River wolf pack, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday. A video of the two-to-three-month-old wolf pups howling back and forth with their parents was captured on a trail camera by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, whose reservation is within the pack’s home territory.Read more.
Scientists: Giraffes in Kenya, Tanzania ‘Endangered’
WASHINGTON— Highlighting the need for global action to fight giraffes’ silent extinction, a body of scientific experts today declared giraffes in Kenya and Tanzania — called Masai giraffes — endangered.Read more.
One Millionth Endangered Species Condom to Be Given Away on World Population Day
TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity will distribute its one millionth free Endangered Species Condom today for World Population Day. The giveaway of 10,000 condoms in total also marks the 10-year anniversary of the launch of the campaign, which seeks to make the connection between unsustainable human population growth and the wildlife extinction crisis by highlighting the need for universal access to reproductive healthcare and education.Read more.
Lawsuit Filed to Protect Dwindling Numbers of Mountain Caribou
SANDPOINT, Idaho— Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s failure to finalize endangered species protection and designate critical habitat for Southern Mountain caribou.Read more.
Washington Wildlife Agency Issues Another Kill Order for Endangered Wolves
SEATTLE— The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife today issued a kill order for endangered wolves from the Old Profanity Territory pack in northeast Washington.Read more.
Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s OK of California Logging That Will Destroy Big Trees, Condor Roosting Sites
LOS ANGELES― Conservation groups sued the Trump administration today to halt a logging project in a roadless area of Los Padres National Forest that would destroy prime habitat for endangered California condors. Because of the project’s remote location, it also would fail to protect communities from wildfires as federal officials have claimed.Read more.
Congressional Resolution Declares Climate Emergency
WASHINGTON— Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) unveiled a concurrent resolution today to declare the climate crisis an emergency warranting a “massive-scale mobilization to halt, reverse and address” its consequences.Read more.
Trump EPA Warned That New Rule Curbing Public Access to Environmental Records Is Dangerous, Unlawful
WASHINGTON— A new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule gives Trump administration appointees dangerous and unlawful new power to curb the public release of crucial environmental records, nonprofit conservation and transparency organizations warned today.Read more.
Study Identifies 20 Overlooked Benefits of Distributed Solar Energy
DAVIS, Calif.— A study released today provides the most complete list yet of the advantages of solar energy — from carbon sequestration to improvements for pollinator habitat — and offers an important new framework for analyzing solar projects to better understand the full suite of benefits.Read more.
Louisiana to Hold Hearing on Massive Formosa Plastics Toxic Chemical Complex
ST. JAMES PARISH, La.— Louisiana will hold a public hearing on issuing 15 air permits for Taiwanese company Formosa Plastics. The massive proposed complex would be one of the largest and most toxic plastic production facilities in the world.Read more.
Sen. Stern, Assemblymember Bloom to Hold 9 a.m. Tuesday Press Conference on Key Legislation to Protect California Wildlife From Highly Toxic Rat Poisons
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California Sen. Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park) and Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) will hold a press conference at 9 a.m. Tuesday to discuss AB 1788, their co-authored legislation to protect wildlife from rat poisons.Read more.
Legal Action Taken to Save Critical Habitat of Endangered New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mice
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Two conservation groups filed a motion on Wednesday to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s designation of critical habitat for the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse. The species is severely threatened by habitat destruction, and only a few isolated populations remain.Read more.
Court Upholds Protections for Rare California Gnatcatcher
LOS ANGELES– A federal court today dismissed a lawsuit seeking to remove the imperiled coastal California gnatcatcher from the Endangered Species Act list, ensuring the bird is protected.Read more.
Comité del Patrimonio Mundial de UNESCO Designa Hábitat de la Vaquita Como “En Peligro”
BAKÚ, Azerbaiyán— El Comité del Patrimonio Mundial de la UNESCO aprobó hoy una designación de “en peligro” para una región de México que es el último hábitat de la vaquita marina en peligro de extinción y de un pez llamado totoaba. Un equipo internacional de expertos científicos recientemente concluyó que únicamente quedaban alrededor de 10 vaquitas vivas en 2018.Read more.
World Heritage Committee Designates Vaquita Porpoise Habitat as ‘In Danger’
BAKU, Azerbaijan— The UNESCO World Heritage Committee today approved an “in danger” designation for an area of Mexico that is the last remaining home of the critically endangered vaquita porpoise and an endangered fish called the totoaba. An international team of scientific experts recently concluded that only about 10 vaquitas remained alive in 2018.Read more.
Lawsuit Seeks Court Order to Stop Colorado Coal Mine Expansion Threatening Climate, National Forest
DENVER— Five conservation groups sued the Trump administration late Tuesday and called on a federal judge to block approval of Arch Coal’s West Elk mine expansion, which would invade the wildlands of western Colorado’s Gunnison National Forest.Read more.
Public-interest Groups Launch Legal Action to Protect Waterways From Slaughterhouse Pollution
WASHINGTON— Conservation groups today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to update slaughterhouse wastewater guidelines as required by the Clean Water Act.Read more.
Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration Decision to Exempt Factory Farms From Reporting Hazardous Air Pollution
WASHINGTON— Community and conservation groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today for overstepping its authority in exempting factory farms from pollution-reporting requirements essential to public safety, environmental health and animal welfare.Read more.
Lawsuit Seeks Overdue Protection for Rare Salamander in California, Oregon
SAN FRANCISCO— Conservation groups sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to respond to a 2018 petition requesting Endangered Species Act protection for the imperiled Siskiyou Mountains salamander.Read more.
New Legal Challenges Launched to Keystone XL Pipeline Approval
GREAT FALLS, Mont.— Conservation groups filed a federal lawsuit today challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ illegal approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline to be constructed through hundreds of rivers, streams and wetlands without evaluating the project’s impacts as required by the National Environmental Policy Act and the Clean Water Act.Read more.
Federal Court Orders Environmental Impact Study for California’s Richardson Grove Highway Project
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.— A federal court judge ruled Thursday that Caltrans must do a detailed environmental impact statement on the controversial Richardson Grove highway-widening project. The ruling, in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, follows a May decision that halted the Caltrans project.Read more.
Trump Administration Releases Alaska LNG Project Environmental Study
WASHINGTON— The Trump administration today released a draft environmental impact statement for the Alaska LNG project, which would export American fossil fuel to Asia. The proposal calls for an 807-mile pipeline, a facility to liquefy natural gas, and the shipping of about 20 million tons of the condensed fuel abroad every year.Read more.
Trump Plan for Southwestern Colorado Pushes Fossil Fuel Expansion, Undermines State’s Climate Law
DENVER― The Trump administration released a resource management plan today that would expand federal fossil fuel development across a huge swath of southwestern Colorado, threatening a growing organic agriculture hub and undermining the state’s new climate law. The federal administration’s plans directly contradict Colorado’s new law calling for steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, a 50 percent cut by 2030 and a 90 percent reduction by 2050.Read more.
Federal Court Rules Formosa Plastics Is Liable for Plastic Pollution in Texas
VICTORIA, Texas— A federal judge in Texas on Thursday found Formosa Plastics liable for polluting Texas waterways with billions of plastic pellets from its plant in Point Comfort. The Taiwanese company is currently seeking permits to build an even larger plastic-making plant along the Mississippi River in St. James Parish, La., a project strongly opposed by local residents and national conservation groups.Read more.
California to Evaluate Curbing Oil, Gas Extraction
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Gov. Gavin Newsom Thursday signed into law this year’s California budget, which includes the allocation of $1.5 million toward a study to “identify strategies to decrease demand and supply of fossil fuels.” The provision marks the first step the state has taken toward decreasing the state’s fossil fuel production.Read more.
Ban on Hunting With Lead Ammo to Go Into Effect in California
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— On Monday California will become the first state to ban all lead ammunition for hunting — the culmination of years of efforts to phase out toxic lead ammunition in the environment.Read more.
Lawsuit Filed to Force Trump Administration to Expand, Update Plan for Grizzly Bear Recovery
MISSOULA, Mont.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today challenging the Trump administration’s failure to update the federal recovery plan for grizzly bears. An updated plan should reflect current science and consider additional areas where grizzlies once lived and can now be reintroduced.Read more.
Petition Seeks Enforcement of Clean Air Act in North Carolina
CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency today to enforce Clean Air Act requirements for oversight of the University of North Carolina’s coal-fired power plant.Read more.
Rare California Salamanders Move Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection
REDDING, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Environmental Protection Information Center secured a victory for three species of Shasta salamanders today: A new settlement will speed up the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision on whether the animals warrant Endangered Species Act protection. The agency is now required to make that decision by April 30, 2021.Read more.
Lawsuit Launched to Protect Critically Endangered Okinawa Woodpecker
WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a notice of its intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to protect the Okinawa woodpecker under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Only between 50-249 mature individual Okinawa woodpeckers remain, and many inhabit a U.S. military facility in Japan.Read more.
Dozens Rally in Minnesota Against Trump’s Plan to Strip Protection From Wolves as Scores Expected to Testify at Hearing
MINNEAPOLIS— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today will hold its only public hearing on the Trump administration proposal to end federal protection for nearly all gray wolves in the lower 48 states in Brainerd, Minn.Read more.
EPA Politicizes Public Records Rules, Hands Decisions to Trump Appointees
WASHINGTON— The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a sweeping revision today to the rules governing how it responds to requests for public records under the Freedom of Information Act.Read more.
Trump Administration to Dredge San Francisco Bay to Make Room for More Oil
OAKLAND, Calif.— Public-interest groups filed a joint letter Monday with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers strongly warning against efforts to dredge a deeper channel through San Francisco Bay.Read more.
Lawsuit Challenges Constitutionality of Arkansas Ag-Gag Law
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— The Animal Legal Defense Fund, Animal Equality, Center for Biological Diversity and Food Chain Workers Alliance filed a lawsuit today in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas challenging the constitutionality of the state’s “ag-gag” law. The law prohibits undercover investigations that expose abuses at factory farms and other businesses throughout the state.Read more.
State Endangered Species Protection Sought for Mountain Lions in Southern California, Central Coast
LOS ANGELES— The Center for Biological Diversity and Mountain Lion Foundation formally petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission today to protect mountain lions under the California Endangered Species Act.Read more.
75 Groups Call for Reforms to Climate-killing Export-Import Bank
WASHINGTON— More than 75 conservation groups, including the Center for Biological Diversity, today called on Congress to curb the Export-Import Bank’s funding of dangerous fossil fuel projects. The request follows legislation introduced last week by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) to reauthorize the bank.Read more.
Grizzly Committee to Consider Measures to Protect Bears, Reduce Conflict in Northern Rockies
MISSOULA, Mont.— The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee will consider on Tuesday whether to implement additional measures to reduce conflicts between grizzly bears and people in the northern Rockies, as requested by conservation groups and others.Read more.
Half a Million People Urge Gov. Inslee to Oppose Wolf Slaughter in Washington State
SEATTLE— The Center for Biological Diversity sent a letter to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee today asking that his administration manage wolves according to science and consistent with the wishes of most Washingtonians — instead of making political compromises to satisfy the livestock industry.Read more.
Federal Court Rejects Trump Administration’s Approval of California’s Cadiz Water Pipeline
LOS ANGELES— A federal court today ruled that the Trump administration violated the law when it greenlighted plans to construct a 43-mile-long pipeline through Mojave Trails National Monument and other public land in southern California.Read more.
Trump Administration Guts Climate Change Reviews for Federal Actions
WASHINGTON— The Trump administration issued proposed guidance today restricting when and how federal agencies can consider climate change impacts when they complete environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act.Read more.
Trump Administration’s Eastern Colorado Plan Undermines State’s Climate Law, Triples Oil, Gas Pollution
DENVER― The Trump administration today released plans that could sharply increase federal oil and gas production in eastern Colorado, including the Front Range, undermining the state’s new climate law that calls for steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.Read more.
House Democrats Support Climate-killing Export-Import Bank
WASHINGTON— Legislation introduced today by Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) would reauthorize the Export-Import Bank for seven years while leaving unchanged the bank’s structure and environmentally damaging purposes.Read more.
Trump Administration Urged to Protect Giraffes on World Giraffe Day
WASHINGTON— On World Giraffe Day, a coalition of conservation and animal-protection organizations will pressure the Trump administration to move forward with Endangered Species Act protection for giraffes.Read more.
Minnesota Rally, Public Hearing to Focus on Trump Plan to End Wolf Protection
MINNEAPOLIS— Wolf advocates will rally on Tuesday in Brainerd, Minn., just before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s only public hearing on the Trump administration proposal to end federal protection for nearly all gray wolves in the lower 48 states.Read more.
Trump's EPA Finalizes Dirty Power Plan
WASHINGTON— The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency today released its final rule that scraps the Clean Power Plan and lets states decide whether, and how, to limit power-plant pollution.Read more.
Lawsuit Launched Over Trump Administration Failure to Update Outdated Red Wolf Recovery Plan
WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to prepare an updated recovery plan for the United States’ rapidly dwindling population of endangered red wolves.Read more.
Trump EPA OKs ‘Emergency’ Use of Bee-killing Pesticide on 13.9 Million Acres
WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency announced so-called “emergency” approvals today to spray sulfoxaflor — an insecticide it considers “very highly toxic” to bees — on nearly 14 million acres of crops known to attract bees.Read more.
Lawsuit Seeks Info on Trump Administration Eliminating Environmental Grades
WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to release public records on why it abruptly stopped issuing public grades on environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act.Read more.
Utah Board OKs $21.4 Million in Public Money for Oil-train Railway
VERNAL, Utah— A Utah board today approved spending $21.4 million in public money for a railway to move oil from the Uinta Basin to refineries in other states, despite concerns that the funding is illegal.Read more.
Trump Administration Sued for Failing to Protect Imperiled Ice Seals’ Arctic Habitat
WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the National Marine Fisheries Service today for failing to designate critical habitat in Alaska for two ice-seal species. Both bearded and ringed seals are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act because climate change is melting their Arctic sea-ice habitat.Read more.
California Court Halts Plan to Widen Highway 101 Through Old-growth Redwoods
EUREKA, Calif.— Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Kelly Neel ruled in favor of environmental organizations Tuesday in the latest legal battle in the nearly decade-long effort to prevent the widening of Highway 101 through old-growth redwoods at Richardson Grove State Park.Read more.
Lawsuit Seeks Endangered Species Protections for Lesser Prairie Chickens
WASHINGTON— Conservation groups today sued the Trump administration for failing to protect severely imperiled lesser prairie chickens under the Endangered Species Act.Read more.
Groups Blast Plan to Restart Public-lands Coal Leasing
DENVER— Fifty conservation groups sent a letter calling on the Trump administration to restore a 2016 moratorium on new federal coal leasing and plan an orderly and just transition away from coal production on public lands.Read more.
Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Rollbacks of Offshore Drilling Safety Regs
WASHINGTON— Ten environmental groups sued the Trump administration today to challenge rollbacks of the 2016 Well Control and Blowout Preventer Rule, a safety regulation meant to prevent another blowout like the one that caused the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon disaster.Read more.
Utah Coalition to Protest Public Financing of Uinta Basin Railway for Oil Trains
VERNAL, Utah― Opponents of the proposed Uinta Basin Railway oil-train project will protest in Vernal Thursday to challenge continued funding of the rail line by Utah’s Permanent Community Impact Fund Board.Read more.
Oregon Court Ruling Means Streaked-horned Lark May Get Endangered Status
PORTLAND, Ore.— A federal judge ruled late yesterday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service erred in determining that the streaked-horned lark only warranted threatened, and not endangered, status. The lark has suffered massive declines across its range in western Oregon and Washington, and as few as 1,100 remain alive.Read more.
Lawsuit Launched to Stop Toxic Algae Bloom Releases From Lake Okeechobee
FT. PIERCE, Fla.— Conservation groups sued three federal agencies today for failing to address harm to Florida’s endangered species from Lake Okeechobee releases containing toxic algae.Read more.
Utahns to Protest Gov. Herbert’s Failure to Halt Oil, Gas Leasing Near Great Salt Lake
SALT LAKE CITY― Opponents of the Trump administration’s plan to auction off nearly 10,000 acres of public land for oil and gas drilling near the Great Salt Lake will rally Tuesday to protest the lease sale outside Gov. Gary Herbert’s office in the Capitol building.Read more.
Appeals Court Throws Out Case Blocking Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline, Relying on New Permit Issued by President Trump
SAN FRANCISCO— The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a legal challenge to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, ruling the case was no longer active due to President Trump’s revocation of the permit at the center of the case. In March, Trump issued a new “presidential” permit for Keystone XL, in an effort to spur construction of the pipeline.Read more.
New Study: United States Uses 85 Pesticides Outlawed in Other Countries
PORTLAND, Ore.— The United States allows the use of 85 pesticides that have been banned or are being phased out in the European Union, China or Brazil, according to a peer-reviewed study published today by the academic journal Environmental Health.Read more.
Lawsuit Challenges Trump Permits for Longline Fishery Off California Coast
SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity and Turtle Island Restoration Network sued the Trump administration today for permitting a new longline fishery in the Pacific Ocean.Read more.
Court Blocks Contested Oregon Grazing Permits
PORTLAND, Ore.― A federal judge in Oregon today granted conservation groups’ motion to block livestock from using public lands allotments near Burns during the month of June. The temporary restraining order was issued in response to a lawsuit challenging former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s order to reinstate the grazing permits, overriding the 2014 recommendations of the Bureau of Land Management to cancel the permits. The allotments at issue contain important habitat for greater sage grouse and redband trout, and grazing on one of the allotments, Mud Creek, was scheduled to occur later this week.Read more.
Center for Biological Diversity Awarded $72,000 Grant by CREDO Mobile
SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity was recently awarded a grant of more than $72,000 as a part of CREDO Mobile's donation program.Read more.
Trump’s EPA Exempts Factory Farms From Reporting Harmful Emissions
WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency published a rule today exempting huge factory farming operations from federal safety and transparency laws that require the reporting of hazardous substance releases.Read more.
Endangered Mussels to Gain Protected Habitat in 18 Eastern, Midwestern States
WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today agreed to designate critical habitat for four endangered freshwater mussels found in 18 states in the East and Midwest, marking a major legal victory for the species and for the Center for Biological Diversity.Read more.
Lawsuit Launched to Force Trump EPA to Protect California’s Ventura County From Deadly Smog
VENTURA, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Environmental Health filed a notice today of their intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to finalize plans to curtail dangerous smog in Ventura County, Calif.Read more.
Reward Increased to $10,000 for Info on Killing of Endangered Washington Wolf
SEATTLE— The Center for Biological Diversity today increased to $10,000 the reward for information leading to a conviction for the latest illegal killing of a radio-collared wolf found in northeast Washington.Read more.
Court Urged to Reject Discrimination Against Arizona Rooftop-solar Customers
PHOENIX— The Center for Biological Diversity today took legal action in a federal court to challenge an Arizona power-utility company’s discrimination against rooftop-solar customers.Read more.
Agriculture Department’s ‘Wildlife Services’ Killed Nearly 1.5 Million Native Animals in 2018
WASHINGTON— The arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture known as Wildlife Services killed nearly 1.5 million native animals during 2018, according to new data released by the agency this week.Read more.
Rally to Oppose Dangerous Oil-industry Injections in Santa Maria Aquifers
SANTA MARIA, Calif.— Santa Barbara County residents and environmental advocates will rally Wednesday against a proposed aquifer exemption that could pollute groundwater and drastically expand oil drilling in the county. The rally will precede the state’s public meeting on the proposal.Read more.
Lawsuit Seeks Federal Habitat Protection for Two Central Texas Salamanders
AUSTIN, Texas— The Center for Biological Diversity today sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to designate critical habitat in central Texas for the Georgetown salamander and Salado salamander.Read more.
Top Wolf Experts Say Science Doesn't Support Trump Plan to Strip Away Species’ Protection
WASHINGTON— Top wolf scientists said today that there are major flaws in the Trump administration proposal to end Endangered Species Act protection for gray wolves in nearly all the lower 48 states.Read more.
Federal Appeals Court Allows Lawsuit Challenging Lead Ammo Use in Arizona's Kaibab National Forest
TUCSON, Ariz.— Ruling in favor of conservation groups, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit today allowed a lawsuit to move forward challenging the use of lead ammunition in Arizona’s Kaibab National Forest.Read more.
Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered California Salmon Harmed by Federal Beaver-killing
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity today launched a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program for killing California beavers and harming native salmon, southwestern willow flycatchers and other endangered wildlife that uses habitats created by beavers.Read more.
2019 Hurricane Predictions Spell Disaster for Coastal Communities, Wildlife
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season officially starts on Saturday, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicting a total of nine to 15 named storms and as many as four major hurricanes.Read more.
Lawsuit Launched to Protect Hawaii’s Cauliflower Coral After 36 Percent Decline
HONOLULU— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a notice of intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to protect cauliflower coral around the Hawaiian Islands. The bushy, shallow-water coral species has been devastated by ocean warming triggered by human-caused climate change.Read more.
Critically Endangered Spring Pygmy Sunfish Gains 1,330 Acres, Six Stream Miles of Protected Habitat
HUNTSVILLE, Ala.— Following a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it will protect 1,330 acres and 6.7 stream miles of critical habitat for the federally threatened spring pygmy sunfish under the Endangered Species Act.Read more.
Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered Lake Sturgeon in Mississippi River, Great Lakes
CHICAGO— Conservation groups sent a notice today of their intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to respond to a 2018 petition seeking Endangered Species Act protection for the lake sturgeon.Read more.
Lawsuit Challenges City-sized Sprawl Development in L.A. County
LOS ANGELES— Conservation groups sued the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today for approving the controversial 12,000-acre Centennial development, one of the largest ever proposed in county history.Read more.
Poll: Majority of Americans Oppose Trump Plan to End Wolf Protections
WASHINGTON— A new national poll released today by the Center for Biological Diversity shows the majority of Americans oppose the Trump administration’s proposal to end Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in nearly all the lower 48 states.Read more.
Louisiana Announces Air-pollution Hearing for Formosa Plastics Plant
ST. JAMES PARISH, La.— The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality today announced a public hearing and comment period to consider granting an air-pollution permit to a massive plant Formosa Plastics wants to build in St. James Parish.Read more.
Decision on Monarch Butterfly's Endangered Species Protection Extended to 2020
WASHINGTON— In an agreement approved today, the Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety accepted an extended deadline for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to decide on protection for monarch butterflies under the Endangered Species Act.Read more.
Lawsuit Seeks to Protect South Platte River From Colorado Slaughterhouse Pollution
DENVER— The Center for Biological Diversity and Food & Water Watch filed a lawsuit in federal court today against the JBS-Swift Beef Company to stop illegal discharges of slaughterhouse pollution into Colorado’s South Platte River.Read more.
Lawsuit Aims to Force Trump to Protect Oregon's Red Tree Vole, Other Species
PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity and San Francisco Baykeeper sued the Trump administration today for failing to protect eight highly imperiled species across the country under the Endangered Species Act, including Oregon’s North Coast population of the red tree vole. The tree voles have been devastated by logging and historic fires.Read more.
Lawsuit Aims to Force Trump to Protect Imperiled Longfin Smelt, Seven Other Species
SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity and San Francisco Baykeeper sued the Trump administration today for failing to protect the longfin smelt, as well as seven other highly imperiled species across the country, under the Endangered Species Act.Read more.
Florida Petitioned to Protect People From Harmful Algae Blooms
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.― The Center for Biological Diversity, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation and Calusa Waterkeeper petitioned the Florida Department of Environmental Protection today to protect the public from toxins in the harmful algal blooms that keep reoccurring in the state.Read more.
Lawsuit Aims to Force Trump to Protect Eastern Gopher Tortoise in Florida, Other Southern States
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Center for Biological Diversity and San Francisco Baykeeper sued the Trump administration today for failing to protect the eastern gopher tortoise and seven other highly imperiled species across the country under the Endangered Species Act.Read more.
Lawsuit Aims to Force Trump to Protect Endangered Species Nationwide
SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity and San Francisco Baykeeper sued the Trump administration today for failing to protect eight highly imperiled species across the country under the Endangered Species Act.Read more.
Fisheries Meeting Aims to Ensure Enough West Coast Salmon for Starving Orcas
PORTLAND, Ore.— Federal, state and tribal fishery managers and experts on critically endangered Southern Resident killer whales begin meeting today to discuss how West Coast salmon fishing is limiting availability of the starving orcas’ main food source.Read more.
Disregarding Climate, Trump Administration Pushes to Re-open Public Lands to Coal Leasing
WASHINGTON— The Trump administration today restarted an effort to reopen public lands to new federal coal leasing. In today’s action, the Interior Department responded to a court order overturning its illegal nixing of a nationwide coal leasing moratorium with a highly abbreviated environmental review.Read more.
Lawsuit Pushes Trump EPA to Address Asthma-causing Air Pollution in Phoenix, Northern California
OAKLAND, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Environmental Health sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to address smog and soot pollution affecting more than 1.5 million people in Arizona and Northern California.Read more.
Amid Extinction Crisis, Rep. Grijalva Introduces Bill to Save Critically Endangered Species
WASHINGTON— As scientists warn of a global extinction crisis, Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) introduced legislation today that would provide funding for some of the most critically imperiled species in the United States — butterflies, Hawaiian plants, eastern freshwater mussels and southwest desert fish.Read more.
North Carolina Fish, Salamander Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection
ASHEVILLE, N.C.— Following a petition and lawsuits from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed the Carolina madtom catfish and Neuse River waterdog salamander for protection under the Endangered Species Act.Read more.
Rallies in Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara to Oppose Trump's Oil-leasing Plan for California
BAKERSFIELD, Calif.— Environmental and community groups joined by elected officials will hold rallies this week to blast the Trump administration’s draft plan to open more than a million acres of public land and mineral estate in central California to oil drilling and fracking. The rallies will precede each of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s public hearings in Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara.Read more.
Pipeline Shutdown Prevented 27 Million Tons of Carbon Pollution in California
SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— The closure of Plains All American Pipeline’s coastal California oil pipeline after it ruptured four years ago has prevented massive emissions of climate pollution. If the seven offshore drilling platforms served by the pipeline had not gone idle, they would have added 27 million metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution to the atmosphere. That’s roughly equivalent to operating two coal-fired power plants in California over the same period — or burning almost 30 billion pounds of coal.Read more.
Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration Approval of Massive Utah Oil Shale Development
BONANZA, Utah— Conservation groups today sued the Trump administration to challenge what would be the nation’s first commercial-scale oil shale mine and processing facility. The lawsuit says officials failed to protect several endangered species when they approved rights-of-way across public lands to provide utilities to the proposed oil shale development.Read more.
New Data Finds U.S. Birth Rate at Lowest Level in 32 Years
WASHINGTON— Data released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that last year the United States had the lowest number of births in 32 years.Read more.
Court Order Sought to Stop Rosemont Mine Construction in Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz.— Conservation groups and tribes Wednesday asked a federal court to prevent construction from starting on the Rosemont Copper Mine in southern Arizona until a judge rules on pending lawsuits filed by the parties.Read more.
Study: Antibiotics Proposed for Pesticide Use by Trump EPA Can Facilitate Resistance in Lethal Bacteria
WASHINGTON— A federal study has found that medically important antibiotics the EPA has proposed to re-approve for expanded pesticide use on crops can facilitate antibiotic resistance in bacteria that pose “urgent” and “serious” threats to human health.Read more.
Emergency Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Delaware Firefly
BETHANY BEACH, Del.— The Center for Biological Diversity and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation filed an emergency petition today seeking Endangered Species Act protection for the critically imperiled Bethany Beach firefly.Read more.
Report: Trump Fracking Leases Top 1 Gigaton of Potential Climate Pollution in Lower 48
TUCSON, Ariz.— A new Center for Biological Diversity report shows that the Trump administration is dramatically ramping up oil and gas leases, offering nearly 5 million acres of public lands in the lower 48 states ― most of it in Wyoming and Utah. Those leases, offered as scientists warn that fossil fuels should be rapidly phased out, contain 1 gigaton of potential greenhouse gas pollution.Read more.
Trump Administration Waives Laws to Build 100 Miles of Border Wall Across Arizona National Monument, Wildlife Refuges
TUCSON, Ariz.— The Trump administration will waive dozens of environmental and public health laws to speed border-wall construction through federally protected sites in Arizona and California.Read more.
House Democrats Boost Endangered Species Listing Budget by 30%
WASHINGTON— House Democrats today released a funding bill for the Interior Department that includes $23.4 million to evaluate whether imperiled animals and plants warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. That’s an increase of $5 million from the 2019 budget.Read more.
900,000 Already Oppose Trump Plan to End Wolf Protections
WASHINGTON— A coalition of organizations submitted nearly 900,000 comments today opposing the Trump administration’s proposal to end Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in nearly all the lower 48 states. This is the largest number of comments ever received by the federal government on an Endangered Species Act issue in the law’s 45-year history.Read more.
Massive New Mexico Logging Plan Threatens Iconic Owl Stronghold
CLOUDCROFT, N.M.― Conservation groups today called on the U.S. Forest Service to revise plans for large-scale commercial logging in southern New Mexico’s Lincoln National Forest. The logging threatens habitat for the imperiled Mexican spotted owl and New Mexico meadow jumping mouse.Read more.
Lawsuit Targets Trump Administration Renewal of Oregon Ranchers' Grazing Permit
PORTLAND, Ore.― Conservations groups filed suit today challenging former Interior secretary Ryan Zinke’s order to renew grazing permits for Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond. Zinke’s January 2019 order, one of his last official acts, came despite the Bureau of Land Management’s 2014 decision to cancel the Hammonds’ privilege to graze on public lands following a series of arson fires.Read more.
Trump EPA Seeks to Slash Pesticide Protections for Imperiled Wildlife
WASHINGTON— The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released a set of proposed changes that would dramatically reduce protections for the nation’s most endangered plants and animals from pesticides known to harm them. The proposals ignore the real-world, science-based assessments of pesticides’ harms, instead relying on arbitrary industry-created models.Read more.
Lawsuit Launched to Force Trump Administration to Protect Endangered Species From Coal Mining in Appalachia
WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and allies filed a formal notice of intent today to sue the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state of West Virginia for failing to protect endangered species from coal mining.Read more.
Trump Finalizes Plan to Open 725,500 Acres of California's Central Coast to Drilling, Fracking
MARINA, Calif.— The Trump administration today finalized a plan to open 725,500 acres of public lands and mineral estate across California’s Central Coast and the Bay Area to new oil and gas drilling. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plan is an increase of nearly 327,000 acres from the draft proposal prepared under the Obama administration.Read more.
Records Sought on EPA Proposal to Reapprove Cancer-linked Pesticide
WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity today asked the Trump administration for public records to assess the pesticide industry’s influence on the Environmental Protection Agency proposal to reapprove the cancer-linked pesticide glyphosate.Read more.
Analysis: Public Overwhelmingly Wants EPA Ban on Wildlife-killing 'Cyanide Bombs'
WASHINGTON— More than 99.9 percent of people commenting on a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to reauthorize sodium cyanide in wildlife-killing devices called M-44s support a ban on these “cyanide bombs,” according to an analysis released today.Read more.
More than 100 Scientists Oppose Removing Federal Protections for Gray Wolves
WASHINGTON— More than 100 scientists today sent a letter to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt objecting to the proposal to remove Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves across nearly all of the lower 48 states.Read more.
Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration's Massive Old-growth Timber Sale in Alaska National Forest
JUNEAU, Alaska— Eight conservation groups sued the Trump administration today to stop its authorization of the largest logging project in the national forest system in a generation, including thousands of acres of old-growth timber in the Tongass National Forest.Read more.
Lawsuits Challenge Trump Administration's Refusal to Release Documents on Pesticides
WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed four lawsuits today challenging the Trump administration’s failure to release a trove of documents detailing how the administration is regulating dangerous pesticides, especially as they relate to endangered species.Read more.
Oregon Denies Key Permit for Proposed Jordan Cove Natural Gas Project
SALEM, Ore.— The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality today issued a resounding denial of the proposed Jordan Cove LNG project and the Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline, which have faced fierce opposition from a grassroots coalition for more than a decade. The denial effectively stops the project from moving forward.Read more.
Federal Court Again Halts Destructive Caltrans Project Through Ancient California Redwoods
SAN FRANCISCO— Conservation groups and Humboldt County residents have won a federal court victory halting Caltrans’ controversial Richardson Grove highway-widening project. The project would needlessly harm ancient redwood trees in California’s iconic Richardson Grove State Park along Highway 101 in Humboldt County. The U.S. District Court in San Francisco struck down the Caltrans plan in a 26-page order issued late Friday afternoon.Read more.
Records Show ExxonMobil's Pacific Platforms Were Corroded Before 2015 Shutdown
SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— Federal records show ExxonMobil’s offshore drilling platforms on the California coast had widespread corrosion and gas leaks requiring emergency responses before they were shut down by the 2015 Refugio Oil Spill.Read more.
Lawsuit Seeks Details on Ocean Chief's Oversized Role in Slashing Environmental Protections
WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today for refusing to release public records detailing the activities of Stuart Levenbach, the agency’s chief of staff. The NOAA chief of staff oversees the overall operations of the agency and implements the policy directives and objectives of the administration.Read more.