Conservation

Southwestern Restoring Fresh Water Amid Conservation Concerns

Appalachian pure-play Southwestern Energy Co.’s various water conservation projects returned 10 billion gallons of fresh water to the environment in 2019.

October 30, 2019
New Wyoming EO Maintaining Balance Between E&Ps, Conservation

New Wyoming EO Maintaining Balance Between E&Ps, Conservation

Wyoming Republican Gov. Mark Gordon has issued an executive order (EO) on the greater sage grouse, reupping the state’s efforts to marry conservation objectives and economic activity including energy development.

August 23, 2019

Interior Orders Review of Sage Grouse Protections to Assess Oil, Gas Impacts

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Thursday ordered a review of the federal Greater Sage Grouse Conservation Plans to see if they are in any way restricting energy production on public lands.

June 8, 2017

Court Orders Feds to Protect Utah, Colorado Wildflowers From Resource Extraction

With implications for oil/natural gas drilling as well as mining, the U.S. District Court for Colorado on Tuesday agreed with various environmental groups that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) needs to protect two threatened wildflowers that live solely on an oil shale formation in Colorado and Utah.

October 27, 2016

EPA Secretary Jewell’s ‘Course Corrections’ Could Impact Energy Development

The United States needs “a major course correction” in its approach to conservation, according to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, who on Tuesday outlined a long-term overview and plans for the rest of the year which include reviews of previous land use decisions.

April 20, 2016

EPA Secretary Jewell’s ‘Course Corrections’ Could Impact Energy Development

The United States needs “a major course correction” in its approach to conservation, according to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, who on Tuesday outlined a long-term overview and plans for the rest of the year which include reviews of previous land use decisions.

April 20, 2016

Obama Administration May Revise Greater Sage Grouse Policy to State-Supported Model

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) on Monday signaled its intention to revise its mitigation policy to a state-supported landscape-level model for the greater sage grouse that was established last year (see Daily GPI,Sept. 22, 2015).

March 9, 2016

Judge Tosses FWS ‘Endangered’ Listing of Lesser Prairie-Chicken

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) erred in spring 2014 when it listed the lesser prairie-chicken (LPC) as a “threatened” species, a U.S. District Court judge in Texas ruled. FWS failed to properly consider efforts implemented by states to protect the bird and failed to follow its own rules when arriving at the listing designation, he said.

September 3, 2015

Interior Proposing Flexible Endangered Species Act, More State Input

The Obama administration is signaling support to innovate the venerable Endangered Species Act (ESA) that would, among other things, more engage the states — a move that comes as Congress considers overhauling the 40-year-old law to take some authority away from federal agencies.

May 19, 2015

Groups Sue Over Decision Not to Protect Wildflowers in Uinta Basin

Seven conservation groups have filed suit against the Department of Interior (DOI) and its U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) after regulators declined to add two rare wildflowers that only grow in the Uinta Basin in Colorado and Utah to the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

March 27, 2015
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