Conservationists Sue to Block Federal Oil and Gas Leases in California

California environmental groups sued the Trump administration Wednesday to thwart plans to auction over 700,000 acres to the fossil fuel industry, calling the potential of new fracking operations a threat to the San Francisco Bay Area’s wildlife and aquifers.

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Oil and Gas

The Center for Biological Diversity sued Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt in federal court, claiming he approved oil and gas drilling on more than 1 million acres in western Colorado, “without properly analyzing, studying alternatives to, and disclosing to the public significant quantities of greenhouse gas emissions and ensuing impacts to our climate, natural resources, and communities.”

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Declining Songbird Gets Second Chance at Endangered Listing

A distinctive songbird with feather “horns” will get another shot at being listed as endangered after a federal judge ruled Monday the government must explain why it listed the species only as threatened despite finding it could cease to exist in parts of its range within 20 years.

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California Sprawl

The Center for Biological Diversity sued Los Angeles County for approving “a new, sprawl city on Los Angeles County’s rural northern border with Kern County”: 19,333 houses and 8.4 million square feet of commercial and industrial use on 12,323 acres of California’s largest remaining native grasslands, atop the San Andreas and Garlock faults.

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Feds Sued to Force Protections for 8 Endangered Species

The Trump administration failed to give Endangered Species Act protections to the longfin smelt, the eastern gopher tortoise and six other highly vulnerable species – even after finding that the wildlife qualified – conservationists claim in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday.

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Leaked Memo Advises Silence on Fish & Wildlife Info Requests

A leaked memo from what conservationists say is the Justice Department advises the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to withhold or delay releasing records sought in Freedom of Information Act requests regarding implementation of the Endangered Species Act.

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