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    Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming asked the Department of Justice in September to investigate whether Russia and China are working to infiltrate environmental groups to influence U.S. environmental policy, the Daily Caller News Foundation has learned. Russia and China may be infiltrating non-governmental groups in an attempt to meddle in domestic energy and environmental policy, Cheney wrote in a Sept. 4 letter to Attorney General William Barr obtained by the DCNF. The Republican lawmaker said in the letter that Russia had in the past worked to spread anti-fracking propaganda inside the United States. Environmental groups’ willingness to “espouse views that align with those of our adversaries—makes it all the more critical that the Department is aware of any potential foreign...
    By MARK THIESSEN, Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Environmental groups filed lawsuits aimed at halting efforts by the Trump administration to open up wide swaths of Alaska’s Arctic to oil drilling. Two separate lawsuits were filed late Monday challenging the Bureau of Land Management’s plan to allow drilling on more than 18 million acres of land in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. The legal actions contend the administration is rolling back protections for the ecosystem. The lawsuits came the same day environmental groups filed legal challenges to the Department of the Interior’s opening of the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas lease sales. “We’re pushing back against the Trump administration’s assault on the Arctic...
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Environmental groups filed lawsuits aimed at halting efforts by the Trump administration to open up wide swaths of Alaska’s Arctic to oil drilling. Two separate lawsuits were filed late Monday challenging the Bureau of Land Management’s plan to allow drilling on more than 18 million acres of land in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. The legal actions contend the administration is rolling back protections for the ecosystem. The lawsuits came the same day environmental groups filed legal challenges to the Department of the Interior’s opening of the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas lease sales. “We’re pushing back against the Trump administration’s assault on the Arctic and drawing the line,” said...
    Environmental and indigenous groups announced Monday they are suing the Trump administration over plans to open up a region in an Alaska wildlife refuge to drilling, The Hill reported. According to the suit, the federal government failed to adhere to environmental laws that require "thorough, transparent, and careful analysis of the impacts" when assessing the environmental effects of drilling. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt moved forward last week to open up 1.56 million acres of the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuges (ANWR) total 19.3 million acres to drilling. Objecting to the move, Bernadette Demientieff, executive director of the Gwichin Steering Committee, said the indigenous Gwichin people, who hunt caribou in the region and to whom ANWR land is sacred "have...
    (Reuters) - More than a dozen environmental groups and one representing northeast Alaskan tribal villages sued the Trump administration on Monday over a plan to open the sensitive Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling. In two lawsuits filed in federal court in Alaska, the groups said the plan would cause irreparable damage to a pristine tundra ecosystem that is vital to wildlife including polar bears, Porcupine caribou, and more than 150 species of birds including snow geese and peregrine falcons. The plan is part of Republican President Donald Trump's effort to expand oil and gas production on federal lands. His opponent in the Nov. 3 presidential election, Democrat Joe Biden, has said he would permanently protect ANWR...
    By MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Environmental groups have asked an Ohio appeals court to revoke drilling permits granted by a state agency for construction of massive underground salt caverns to store natural gas liquids along the Ohio River, according to a lawsuit. The complaint filed Thursday with the 10th District Court of Appeals in Columbus accuses the Ohio Department of Natural Resources of not following its own rules by failing to require public notice of company drilling applications, create draft copies of the permits or allow for a public comment period before granting permits July 20. The lawsuit asks the appeals court to order ODNR to restart the application process and follow its rules. ODNR spokesperson Stephanie...
    CLEVELAND (AP) — Environmental groups have asked an Ohio appeals court to revoke drilling permits granted by a state agency for construction of massive underground salt caverns to store natural gas liquids along the Ohio River, according to a lawsuit. The complaint filed Thursday with the 10th District Court of Appeals in Columbus accuses the Ohio Department of Natural Resources of not following its own rules by failing to require public notice of company drilling applications, create draft copies of the permits or allow for a public comment period before granting permits July 20. The lawsuit asks the appeals court to order ODNR to restart the application process and follow its rules. ODNR spokesperson Stephanie O’Grady said the department does...
    Several Minnesota environmental groups said Tuesday that they will appeal a decision by state utility regulators allowing the proposed Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project to proceed. Their legal challenge centers on the state Public Utilities Commission’s approval in February of key permits for the project and was announced one day ahead of the state of Minnesota’s deadline to file an appeal of its own. The Department of Commerce met that deadline and announced late Tuesday that it would pursue an appeal as well. Conservation and Indigenous groups have sued to stop the project before, saying that a new pipeline would pose a threat to the environmental health of northern Minnesota. Trade unions and local government officials in the region,...
    By ADRIAN SAINZ, Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Environmental groups are suing the Tennessee Valley Authority over long-term partnership agreements signed by local power companies that receive electricity generated by the nation's largest public utility. A lawsuit filed in Memphis federal court Monday claims the 20-year deals signed by more than 130 companies lock the power distributors into exclusive, “never-ending” contracts with the TVA and “will forever deprive distributors and ratepayers the opportunity to renegotiate with TVA to obtain cheaper, cleaner electricity,” the Southern Environmental Law Center said in a statement. Protect Our Aquifer, Energy Alabama and Appalachian Voices also allege the deals hurt the ability of local power companies to use renewable power from sources outside the TVA....
    DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — Environmental groups say discharge from the Mariner East Pipeline project is threatening the health of a lake in a state park in Chester County. Work along the pipeline has been halted in response to the discharges. Ten thousand gallons — that’s the estimate by state regulators on how much drilling fluid or mud leaked into a creek at the headwaters of Marsh Creek Lake near Downingtown. Images obtained by CBS3 show what environmental experts say is a muddy, brownish plume at the bottom of part of the popular recreation spot. The company, Energy Transfer, says what’s known as an inadvertent return happened. A statement didn’t say when or how much was released but indicated the...
    (CNN)Several environmental groups sued the Trump administration on Thursday over its regulatory changes to a landmark conservation law, the National Environmental Policy Act. In a court filing in New York, the groups argued that the new rule from the White House Council on Environmental Quality would "eliminate environmental reviews for entire classes of projects that may have devastating cumulative or indirect impacts on people and the environment.""In short, the 2020 Rule requires federal agencies across the Executive Branch to stick their heads in the sand, rather than to take a 'hard look' at the full health and environmental consequences of their decisions," the lawsuit states.The groups, led by the Environmental Justice Health Alliance, also argued that the rule would cause...
    Climate activist Greta Thunberg is donating the money from a recent prize she received. The Swedish teen won a Portuguese rights award with a $1.15 million dollar prize and immediately pledged the money to various environmental charities and those working to end climate change. “That is more money than I can begin to imagine, but all the prize money will be donated, through my foundation, to different organisations and projects who are working to help people on the front line, affected by the climate crisis and ecological crisis,” Thunberg said in a video. Awarded the Gulbenkian prize for humanity, the award committee said it was for the way Thunberg “has been able to mobilise younger generations for the cause...
    Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg will donate all of her $1.15 million prize money from a humanitarian award to environmental groups. Thunberg was selected to win the inaugural Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity among 136 nominees from 46 countries, Jorge Sampaio, chairman of the grand jury of the prize, said in a statement on Monday. "The way Greta Thunberg has been able to mobilize younger generations for the cause of climate change and her tenacious struggle to alter a status quo that persists, makes her one of the most remarkable figures of our days," Sampaio said. Thunberg will divvy up the prize money, starting with giving the equivalent of about $115,000 to the SOS Amazonia campaign, which is currently helping...
    President Trump is rolling back the nation’s main environmental review law in a bid to speed up the construction of freeways and other infrastructure projects, describing it as a job killer and “horrible roadblock.” Speaking before a crowd at a UPS warehouse in Atlanta, Trump announced he was signing an executive order overhauling the 50-year-old National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, which he said had stymied important projects and limited economic growth. “For decades, the single biggest obstacle to building a modern transportation system has been the mountains and mountains of bureaucratic red tape in Washington, DC,” he said. “Before I took office, reviews for highways ballooned to an average of nearly 750 pages in length and they were...
    A coalition of environmental groups are complaining that the state Department of Natural Resources held a public hearing on Enbridge Inc.’s plans to reroute a northern Wisconsin pipeline prematurely. Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge’s Line 5 runs from Superior to Sarnia, Ontario. The company has agreed to the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa’s request to remove about 12 miles of pipeline from the tribe’s reservation in Ashland County. Enbridge wants to reroute the line south of the reservation and is trying to obtain permits. The DNR held a public hearing on the project on July 1. The environmental groups, including Midwest Environmental Advocates, the Sierra Club and Clean Wisconsin, sent the agency a letter Saturday arguing that the pipeline’s new...
    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The forested mountains in and around North Cascades National Park in north central Washington state have long been considered prime habitat for threatened grizzly bears, so environmental groups are upset the Trump administration scrapped plans to reintroduce the apex predators there. U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt on Tuesday announced his agency will not conduct the environmental impact statement needed to move forward with the idea. That drew rebukes from conservation groups, who have worked for decades to grow the tiny population of about 10 grizzlies in the vast North Cascades, where writer Jack Kerouac spent the summer of 1956 as a lookout for wildfires. “Grizzlies have been an integral part of the...
    By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The forested mountains in and around North Cascades National Park in north central Washington state have long been considered prime habitat for threatened grizzly bears, so environmental groups are upset the Trump administration scrapped plans to reintroduce the apex predators there. U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt on Tuesday announced his agency will not conduct the environmental impact statement needed to move forward with the idea. That drew rebukes from conservation groups, who have worked for decades to grow the tiny population of about 10 grizzlies in the vast North Cascades, where writer Jack Kerouac spent the summer of 1956 as a lookout for wildfires. “Grizzlies have been...
    By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Environmental groups have sued the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection over what they say is the agency’s failure to adhere to federal reporting requirements for a coal mine reclamation fund. The lawsuit filed Thursday by the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and the Sierra Club seeks to force the state to address the state's “dramatically underfunded” program whose purpose is to cover the costs of coal mine reclamation, according to a news release. The groups said the DEP failed to notify the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement if significant funding or budget changes were to affect the enforcement and administration of the special reclamation...
    The US Supreme Court denied a request from the Trump administration to allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline by upholding a lower court’s ruling blocking a permit needed for the project to proceed. The court, in an unsigned brief on Monday, said the pipeline must follow a thorough environmental review process. The justices did not provide a reasoning for the decision. Environmental groups challenged the permit program outlined by the Clean Water Act for projects passing over bodies of water. Federal Judge Brian Morris in Montana agreed with the groups that a US Army Corps of Engineers permit would allow companies to skirt responsibility for damage done to rivers and streams. Morris’ decision dealt a blow to Canadian-based...
    WASHINGTON (CBSDFW/AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place a decision that rejected environmental groups’ challenge to sections of wall the Trump administration is building along the U.S. border with Mexico. The high court on Monday declined to hear an appeal involving construction of 145 miles  of steel-bollard walls along the border in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. A Red-bordered Pixie butterfly at the National Butterfly Center on January 16, 2019 in Mission. Texas. – The protected habitat of butterflies along the Rio Grande is expected to be plowed over to clear the way for President Trump’s border wall after the US Supreme Court rebuffed a challenge by environmental groups. (credit: SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP via Getty Images) The Center...
    Reuters June 29, 2020 0 Comments The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge by four environmental groups to the authority of President Donald Trump’s administration to build his promised wall along the border with Mexico. The justices turned away an appeal by the groups of a federal judge’s ruling that rejected their claims that the administration had unlawfully undertaken border wall projects in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas harmful to plant and animal life. The groups had argued that the 1996 law under which the administration is building the wall gave too much power to the executive branch in violation of the U.S. Constitution. The groups that sued are the Center for Biological Diversity,...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City By Jan Wolfe The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge by four environmental groups to the authority of President Donald Trump’s administration to build his promised wall along the border with Mexico. The justices turned away an appeal by the groups of a federal judge’s ruling that rejected their claims that the administration had unlawfully undertaken border wall projects in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas harmful to plant and animal life. The groups had argued that the 1996 law under which the administration is building the wall gave too much power to the executive branch in...
    (CNN)A genetically modified male mosquito named OX5034 has received both state and federal approval to be released into the Florida Keys now through 2022, against the objection of many local residents and a coalition of environmental advocacy groups."The administration has used tax dollars and government resources for a Jurassic Park experiment, except without the island," said Jaydee Hanson, policy director at the International Center for Technology Assessment and Center for Food Safety, in a statement.Stopping Zika: The GMO mosquito that kills his own offspring"What could possibly go wrong? We don't know, because they unlawfully refused to seriously analyze environmental risks," she said.Approved by the Environment Protection Agency this week, the pilot project is designed to test if the genetically modified...
    Environmental groups are standing with the activist Movement for Black Lives amid outrage against the alleged murder of George Floyd, but critics say the green groups’ activism belies their policy preferences that would disproportionately harm black Americans. The environmental groups Center for Biological Diversity, Greenpeace, and 350.org have all voiced support for the coalition group Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), even signing an open letter endorsing M4BL’s policy objectives. All three groups also push radical environmental policies such as a Green New Deal as popularized by New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D). Center for Biological Diversity Executive Director Kieran Suckling called Floyd’s death “horrific” and asserted that “institutional racism” has killed thousands of black Americans. Greenpeace tweeted a thread of...