Tag Archives: Natural Resources Defense Council

Environmentalists Challenge Trump Administration’s Delta Tunnels Decision

The ECOreport reposts news from California, Environmentalists Challenge Trump Administration’s Delta Tunnels Decision

Originally Posted on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

Fishing and environmental groups yesterday filed two lawsuits challenging the Trump administration’s biological opinions permitting the construction of the controversial Delta Tunnels that were released Monday.

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Alberta’s Tailing Ponds Hold One Trillion Litres Of Toxic Waste

The ECOreport reposts a report on overlooked impact from the oil sands, Alberta’s tailing ponds hold one trillion litres of toxic waste 

Press Release from ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE and NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL

Ottawa, ON – The volume of oil sands tailing ponds are now over 1 trillion litres, while the cost of cleanup is now greater than total lifetime royalty revenues collected by Alberta from oil sands companies, according to a new report released today by Canada’s Environmental Defence and the U.S.’s National Resource Defense Council.

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BNSF Railway Responsible For Coal Cleanups

The ECOreport reposts news from Washington state, where an agreement  has been reached and now BNSF Railway Responsible For Coal Cleanups

Press release from the Beyond Coal Campaign

Seattle, WA – A coalition of environmental organizations and BNSF Railway (BNSF) have reached an agreement in principle that will ensure that BNSF starts to clean up and prevent pollution from their coal trains.

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Phasing Out California’s Last Nuclear Plant

The ECOreport reposts the utility’s announcement of an agreement phasing out California’s last Nuclear Plant by 2025

Press Release from PG&E

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Reflecting California’s changing energy landscape, PG&E today announced a Joint Proposal with labor and leading environmental organizations that would increase investment in energy efficiency, renewables and storage beyond current state mandates while phasing out PG&E’s production of nuclear power in California by 2025.

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Court Upholds Protections For Tongass National Forest

The ECOreport reposts story that the U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Protections For Tongass National Forest

Originally Published on Cascade Wildlands

The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear a last‐ditch effort by the State of Alaska to exempt America’s largest national forest from a national rule protecting undeveloped, road‐free national forest areas from logging and road construction. The State sought to overturn a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that kept the Roadless Area Conservation Rule in effect in the vast Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska. The Ninth Circuit agreed with a federal District Court in Alaska that the Bush administration improperly exempted the Tongass from that landmark conservation measure.

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Impending US Lawsuit Over Fracking Quakes

As the number of “seismic events” keeps dramatically increasing, it is not surprising to hear that the EPA is threatened with an impending US lawsuit over fracking quakes.

Originally Published on Clean Technica

By James Ayre

Presumably, most of you reading this have heard something before about the huge spike in earthquakes throughout many regions where fracking (hydraulic fracturing, as a means of oil/gas extraction) has been used extensively.

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Tongass National Forest Remains Roadless

The Court of Appeals struck down a Presidential exemption of the Tongass National Forest from the “Roadless Rule, Tongass National Forest Remains Roadless

A Joint press release From the organizations listed at the bottom of this page.

D0723A17-6B6A-498D-BC9F-53B52B626CA1Juneau, AK — In a major victory for America’s last great rainforest, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit struck down a Bush administration exemption of the Tongass National Forest from the “Roadless Rule,” a landmark conservation rule adopted in 2001 to protect nearly 60 million acres of wild national forests and grasslands from new road building and logging. The Court held the Bush administration failed to provide a reasoned explanation for reversing course on the Tongass. It concluded the Roadless Rule “remains in effect and applies to the Tongass.”

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New York’s Releases Fracking Final Impact Report

Originally Published on Click Green

New York environment chiefs have taken the next step towards making the state’s fracking ban official with the release of its final impact report.
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Lawsuit Filed Against Mendocino County over Contractor with Rogue Federal Predator Control Program

Wildlife Services Linked with Environmental Destruction, Indiscriminate Killing of Animals

Joint Press Release

Screen-shot-2014-01-08-at-2.36.48-AM-2Mendocino, Calif. – A coalition of animal protection and conservation groups and a local Mendocino resident filed a lawsuit against Mendocino County today in the Superior Court of California, County of Mendocino, for violating the California Environmental Quality Act. The lawsuit challenges the county’s failure to conduct the legally-required environmental review of its $142,356 taxpayer-funded contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Wildlife Services. The contract authorizes Wildlife Services, a highly-controversial federal program, to kill hundreds of animals in the county every year, including coyotes, bears, and foxes, without assessing the ecological impact or considering alternatives.

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HUMBOLDT AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES URGED TO VOID CONTRACT WITH SECRETIVE, INHUMANE WILDLIFE SERVICES

Indiscriminate Killing, Environmental Destruction, and Legal Violations Spark Controversy

A joint Press Release from the organizations listed below 

Screen-shot-2014-01-08-at-2.36.48-AMSAN FRANCISCO – A broad coalition of national animal and conservation groups sent formal letters to the Humboldt County and Mendocino County boards of supervisors today urging them to terminate their contracts with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services, which indiscriminately kills tens of thousands of native wild animals in California every year, including coyotes, bears, foxes and mountain lions. The letters ask the counties to undertake appropriate environmental review and ensure proper protections prior to hiring Wildlife Services to kill any additional wildlife, as required under California state law. Last year, in response to a similar letter from the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Sonoma County’s Board of Supervisors opted not to renew the county’s contract with Wildlife Services; it is now conducting a review of its wildlife policies. Marin County cancelled its contract with Wildlife Services 14 years ago and implemented a nonlethal predator-control program. As a result, the county has seen a 62 percent decrease in livestock predation at one-third of the former cost.
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