Environmental Politics

Borrowing GOP Playbook, Dem States Sue Government and Rack Up Wins

"During the administration of President Barack Obama, attorneys general from Republican states developed a powerful tool: They teamed up dozens of times to sue the federal government to block environmental initiatives. Now, Democrats are using the same playbook to fight the Trump administration."

Source: NY Times, 03/22/2018

Park Service Warned BLM Lease Sale Could Harm National Monument in Utah

"The Bureau of Land Management disregarded a request by the National Park Service that it hold off leasing 17,000 acres of public land in Utah on Tuesday because of concerns that drilling there could harm Hovenweep National Monument’s views and air, groundwater and sound quality."

Source: Washington Post, 03/21/2018

"Interior Department Offers Oil Leases Near Utah's Wilderness Monuments"

"The U.S. Department of Interior on Tuesday will auction off more than 51,000 acres (21,000 hectares) in southeastern Utah for oil and gas development, over objections from conservationists, who say the move threatens sensitive archaeological and wilderness sites."

Source: Reuters, 03/20/2018

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