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October
19,
2017
“It is unconscionable that Congress is using the budget process to gain access to one of America’s last great wilderness landscapes."
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October
17,
2017
We stand with champions in the Senate in opposing this underhanded budget scam to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling.
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October
16,
2017
California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 5, which includes at least $200 million to implement air quality and habitat projects at the Salton Sea, home to hundres of bird species in Southern California.
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October
16,
2017
The Department of the Interior is planning a potentially illegal land exchange to remove wilderness wetlands in Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska for the construction of a controversial, damaging and unnecessary road.
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Dems Slam Arctic drilling plan as 'polar payout' to Big Oil
Jamie Rappaport Clark, president of the Defenders of Wildlife, an environmental group, called the Alaska refuge “an incomparable wilderness” that supports more than 200 species of migratory birds in addition to its famous polar bears and caribou. Trump and other Republicans “want to put our wild places out for bid,” Clark said. “Enough is enough.”
17
Oct
2017
www.washingtonpost.com
Interior looks at behind-the-scenes land swap to allow road through wildlife refuge
The Interior Department is preparing to set aside a decades-old ban on development in federally protected wilderness areas by pursuing a controversial proposal to build a nearly 12-mile road through a wildlife refuge in ­Alaska. The project in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge has long been a priority for Alaska officials, who say it is a “lifesaving” link needed to connect a remote Aleutian Islands town of 925 people with the rest of the state. The proposal, which entails turning federal land over to a tribal corporation, fits neatly with the Trump administration’s broader goal of giving more control to local communities like King Cove.
16
Oct
2017
www.washingtonpost.com
Miners Tiptoe Around Lizard in Latest Fracking Dust-Up
The dunes sagebrush lizard is a picky reptile. The 3-inch-long, tan-skinned animal lives only in windblown hollows near the shrublike shinnery oaks scattered among the dunes of West Texas and Southeastern New Mexico. It even prefers a specific grade of sand—small grained, and not too coarse.
13
Oct
2017
www.wsj.com
The Future Of Wolves In The Southwest
Defenders of Wildlife's Senior Southwestern Representative Craig Miller joins a diverse panel on a discussion about the Mexican gray wolf draft recovery plan.
12
Oct
2017
kunm.org
Destruction of Lizard’s West Texas Habitat 10 Times Worse Than Previously Thought
In 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) made the controversial decision not to list the dunes sagebrush lizard, a three-inch reptile native to the West Texas oil patch, as endangered. Instead, the agency signed off on a conservation plan developed by the Texas comptroller’s office that allows oil and gas companies and landowners to voluntarily agree to protect the lizard’s habitat.
28
Sep
2017
www.texasobserver.org
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