Sep 302015

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 of the Commerce Clause.

For briefs filed in the case, see Pacific Legal Foundation's web site   (click "Documents" on the left)

Editor's note: I want to personally thank the Tenth Circuit Clerk's office for responding promptly to my request for the audio file.

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 […]

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 182015

An array of environmental and social justice groups called on the Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service to withdraw proposed regulations that would add steps to the Endangered Species Act’s listing petition process. In a letter to FWS Director Dan Ashe and NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan, 175 groups said the proposed changes […]

Sep 082015

A federal judge agreed with environmental groups that the Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation did not adequately study the impacts to endangered pallid sturgeon before deciding to move forward with building a concrete dam and bypass channel along the Yellowstone River (Defenders of Wildlife v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 15-14-GF-BMM, D. […]

Sep 022015
Permian Basin Petroleum Assn. press release on LPC decision

The following release is from the Permian Basin Petroleum Association. U.S. District Court Finds for PBPA, Vacates Lesser Prairie Chicken Listing September 2, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Midland, Texas) Yesterday, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas granted summary judgment in favor of the Permian Basin Petroleum Association and vacated the U.S. […]

Aug 062015

New 4(d) rule on Public Inspection (to be published tomorrow in Federal Register) PRESS RELEASE (8/6/2015) Service Approves Special Rule for Georgetown Salamander Special Rule Supports a Local Solution to Conservation of the Georgetown Salamander The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved a final rule for the Georgetown salamander under section 4(d) of the […]

Aug 052015

Editor’s note: We’re posting the full text of this press release because FWS has yet to post it on its web page (which it now has). Some context: The service was threatened with a lawsuit not too long ago by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which alleged that “swim-with” tours violated the ESA, MMPA and […]

May 182015

Filing a listing petition would not be as easy as it traditionally has been, under a new proposal  announced today by the Fish and Wildlife and National Marine Fisheries services. In a move that could be interpreted as a response to congressional criticism that the FWS gives state input short shrift, FWS is proposing that […]