Oct 022015
Politics trumps science at FWS, UCS survey finds

Progress and Problems: Government Scientists Report on Scientific Integrity at Four Agencies reveals results of survey of 7,000 scientists NOAA numbers not as bad, but concern remains Politics plays too big a role in decisionmaking at the Fish and Wildlife Service, a new survey from the Union of Concerned Scientists concludes. | Download the full […]

Sep 302015
Tenth Circuit releases audio of arguments in prairie dog case

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has released the audio of the oral arguments that took place on Monday in People for the Ethical Treatment of Property Owners v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (14-4151). The government is appealing a district court decision that found FWS’s take regulations for the Utah prairie dog ran afoul […]

Sep 302015

Go here to watch House hearing Oversight Hearing on: “Respecting State Authority, Responsibilities and Expertise Regarding Resource Management and Energy Development” Hearing Memo Member Statements: The Honorable Rob Bishop Chairman Witnesses and Testimony: The Honorable Steve Bullock Governor, State of Montana (Disclosure Form) The Honorable Dennis Daugaard Governor, State of South Dakota (Disclosure Form) The […]

Sep 292015
FWS proposes to list a lot of plants and animals: 39 plants, seven bees, shrimp, damselfly and petrel from Hawaii, eastern Massasauga rattlesnake, and Puerto Rican warbler

The Fish and Wildlife Service will propose listing 49 plants and animals from the Hawaiian islands as endangered, and the Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake, known from 10 states, and the elfin-woods warbler, a bird species in Puerto Rico, as threatened. (links go to more info.) The proposals are in three separate notices to be published Wednesday, […]

Sep 292015

The D.C. Circuit Court Appeals has upheld the federal government’s approval of Enbridge Pipelines’ Flanagan South pipeline, concluding that NEPA review of the pipeline’s entire 593-mile length was not required (Sierra Club v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 14-5205). The 593-mile pipeline, which has been built, carries crude oil from Illinois to Oklahoma. Sierra Club […]

Sep 282015

Timber companies and the Carpenters Industrial Council could not demonstrate that they have standing to pursue claims against BLM for adopting land management plans for six districts in western Oregon. The cases decided by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon are American Forest Resource Council v. Jewell (14-368), Carpenters Industrial Council v. Jewell (13-361), and Swanson […]

Sage-grouse decision: Not warranted (Links)

 Posted by on September 22, 2015
Sep 222015

The Interior Department announced the decision, ahead of a formal announcement and press conference in Colorado at noon ET (10 MT). (click the link to go to a video announcement.) DOI sage-grouse page |  DOI release  |  NRCS release More links (and scroll down for releases from National Audubon Society, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, WildEarth […]

Sep 212015

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, joined by four Western governors, the directors of the Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Geological Survey, and the chiefs of the Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service, “will make a major announcement related to the historic conservation effort for the greater sage-grouse” in Colorado tomorrow. […]