February 9, 2023

BISMARCK, ND — Climate and conservation groups defended the Biden administration in a brief

February 8, 2023

Casper, WY – Seventeen groups represented by Earthjustice and the Western Environmental Law Center moved to intervene today to defend the Biden administration’s postponement of several oil and gas lease sales.

February 2, 2023

A federal appeals court yesterday rejected the Biden administration’s defense of unchecked oil and gas fracking in the Greater Chaco region of northwest New Mexico, ruling the U.S. Interior Department flouted the law when approving 199 drilling permits in the culturally significant landscape.

February 1, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Department of the Interior issued a key environmental assessment regarding ConocoPhillips’ oil and gas operation in the Western Arctic, commonly called the Willow project.

August 1, 2022

Community and conservation groups and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management reached an agreement today to suspend new oil and gas leasing across more than 1 million acres of public lands in California’s Central Valley and Central Coast.

May 19, 2022

An inspector from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District confirmed that two idled oil wells next to residential neighborhoods in Bakersfield are leaking massive volumes of methane. One well showed emissions at a minimum of 50,000 parts per million (ppm), the maximum level the inspector’s device could record, and another well at the same site is leaking methane at or over 20,000 ppm.

January 31, 2022

Today, the Department of the Interior announced $1.15 billion in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for states to clean up inactive oil and gas wells on federal lands.

January 11, 2022

The Biden administration announced yesterday that it will reverse a Trump administration policy that opened up millions of acres in the Western Arctic for oil drilling.

November 26, 2021

Today, the Department of the Interior released its final report calling for reforms of the current fossil fuel leasing program on public lands and offshore.

October 29, 2021

Today, the Bureau of Land Management announced a plan to defer a number of leases from upcoming onshore oil and gas lease sales and issue draft environmental assessments for these leases. BLM will solicit feedback on the leases and analyze environmental impacts including national greenhouse gas emissions and the social cost of greenhouse gases.

October 21, 2021

Today, Governor Newsom announced that the California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM) has issued new draft health and safety rules requiring that newly constructed oil and gas extraction sites must be at least 3,200 feet from California homes, schools, and public parks. This first of its kind draft rule is one of the longest setback distances in the nation, and will help guard Californian communities from toxic pollution from oil and gas wells.

October 21, 2021

Conservation groups sued the U.S. Forest Service today to stop exploratory drilling in California’s eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains that threatens an endangered fish and a dwindling population of bi-state sage grouse.