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BLM cancels disputed oil, gas lease in Montana's Badger-Two Medicine

Date: 
Thu, 03/17/2016

 

The Interior Department has canceled long-fought oil and gas leases in the Badger-Two Medicine area near Glacier National Park. Image:Montana Wildlife Federation

MISSOULA, MONT. -- More than three decades of work to protect the Badger-Two Medicine area just south of Glacier National Park have paid off. The Interior Department Thursday announced the cancelation of an oil and gas lease in a remote part of the Lewis and Clark National Forest that is home to grizzlies, wolves, lynx, wolverines, elk and deer and is sacred to the Blackfeet tribes

Interior officials said the Bureau of Land Management concluded the lease, approved 1982, was issued in violation of the National Environmental Policy and National Historical Preservation acts. The National Wildlife Federation, Montana Wildlife Federation and the Blackfeet tribe were among those who sued to repeal leases and prevent drilling in Badger-Two Medicine.

"This is a signal victory for wildlife conservation, wildland protection and tribal religious interests," said Tom France, executive director of the NWF Northern Rockies Regional Center.

 

Sportsmen support cutting methane emissions to reduce waste, protect wildlife

Date: 
Sun, 02/28/2016

The Bureau of Land Management will hold a hearing in Lakewood March 1 on a rule to reduce oil and gas venting and flaring. Image: Lew Carpenter

LAKEWOOD -- In meetings from New Mexico to North Dakota, sportsmen and women spoke out for reducing methane pollution from oil and gas operations on federal lands.

The Bureau of Land Management is taking public comments until April 8 on a proposed rule that will update 30-year-old regulations by requiring oil and gas producers to cut the methane that's wasted through venting and flaring and leaks from equipment. In addition to harmful pollution, a Government Accountability Office report estimates that tribes and taxpayers lose as much as $23 million in royalty revenues when natural gas is wasted.

"Implementing a strong rule to reduce flaring will cut pollution and put more money back into local governments and taxpayers' pockets." ~ Todd Leahy, conservation director for the New Mexico Wildlife Federation.

 

National Wildlife Federation Praises Secretary Jewell for Coal Reform in Roll Call Ad

Proposed reforms to the federal coal leasing program would benefit wildlife. Image: Steve Torbit

Today the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) ran an ad buy in the print edition of Roll Call thanking Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for her commitment to review the federal coal leasing program, to the benefit of our public lands, water, air and wildlife. The ad coincides with a Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing on Interior’s FY17 budget proposal, at which Secretary Jewell is slated to testify, as well as a House Natural Resources committee hearing on the President’s budget proposal slated for March 1. 

Date: 
Mon, 02/22/2016

NMWF's Leahy: Land-grab proponents attacking American principles

Date: 
Tue, 02/09/2016

 

Todd Leahy, right, of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation was one of the featured speakers at a recent public lands forum. Image: New Mexico Wildlife Federation

 FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The law, history and economics are not on the side of those who want our national public lands turned over to the states, said Todd Leahy, the New Mexico Wildlife Federation’s director of conservation.

Leahy was one of the speakers at the Feb. 5 plenary session of the 49th annual meeting of the Arizona and New Mexico chapters of The Wildlife Society and the Arizona/New Mexico chapter of the American Fisheries Society. The session “Who Will Manage the Future of Our Public Lands?” included county, state and federal wildlife and land managers.

“This crusade to transfer American public lands to the states must be seen for what it is: the latest outgrowth of an anti-government agenda which seeks to undermine the very foundations of this great nation.”

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