For over 80 years, indigenous people, connected for untold generations to a most unusual and enchanting portion of southwest Utah's landscape, urged the United States government to protect their homeland. None of those people who started that effort walk upon the Earth with us today, but hopefully, their labor of love wasn't in vain. That homeland, Bears Ears National Monument, was established by President Barack Obama in December 2016 at the request of five Native American tribes, who spent six of those 80 years in public meetings developing their plan for management and protection of the land and cultural resources. Those [...]
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A federal judge has agreed with activists that the Bureau of Land Management failed to adequately consider greenhouse gas impacts from oil and gas consumption in its new resource management plan for the Colorado River Valley Field Office. Judge Lewis T. Babcock also found that the agency "failed to consider reasonable alternatives to oil and gas leasing and development" as part of its review of alternatives in the plan. Babcock has ordered the plaintiffs in the suit to try to negotiate a remedy to the shortfalls in the BLM's review, and to submit written briefs on a proposed remedy if an [...]
The Trump administration is again shelving plans to allow oil and gas drilling on public land in Colorado after complaints from state officials and activists. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Friday some of the land is in big game habitat and some is in the North Fork Valley in western Colorado, where bureau officials are in the process of revising resource management plans. The land covers about 116 square miles (300 square kilometers) in 58 parcels. “We appreciate the BLM’s thoughtful decision to listen to the concerns of Coloradans,” U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet said in a written statement. “The [...]
El pasado mes de junio, Wilderness Workshop lanzo su nuevo programa Defiende Nuestra Tierra comúnmente llamado Defiende como corto. Wilderness Workshop noto al igual que muchos de ustedes; el significativo crecimiento que tiene la población latina en nuestro valle y sus alrededores. A través de este programa Wilderness Workshop se ha uniendo a un esfuerzo colectivo en ser una asociación que es diversa, incluyente y siempre viendo hacia el futuro. El programa Defiende ha tenido un alcance significativo en sus esfuerzos de integración y unión comunitaria, como su prioridad la educación acerca de nuestras tierras públicas, tanto el Servicio Forestal como [...]
The city of Aspen has reached settlement agreements with all opposers to Aspen’s two pending water court cases regarding its conditional storage rights on Castle and Maroon creeks, officials announced on Tuesday. The next steps will be obtaining water court approval of the stipulations and entry of decrees continuing the conditional water rights for another six-year period. The city since 1965 has held conditional water rights to build dams and reservoirs on the upper reaches of Castle and Maroon creeks. When the city applied for its every-six-years diligence filing in 2016 in water court, 10 parties, including environmental organizations, the Forest [...]
The city of Aspen announced Tuesday it has reached settlement agreements with all 10 of the opposing parties in two water court cases where the city was seeking to maintain conditional water rights tied to large potential dams on upper Castle and Maroon creeks. Craig Corona, the water attorney for Larsen Family LP, signed the last of the settlement agreements with the city Oct. 11. The other nine parties in the cases had all signed agreements by August. >> Read Full Article Here
Carbondale resident Brandon Jones combined an epic outdoor adventure earlier this year with activism aimed at building awareness over the Trump administration's plan to shrink three national monuments. Jones bikepacked through parts of Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada as well as Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments in Utah from mid-April through the first week of May. "I guess I had been dreaming about and romanticizing a bike tour," he said. He tends to be more a backpacker and spends considerable time in wilderness, where mechanized uses aren't allowed. But he figured using a bike was the most practical [...]
A federal judge dismissed the case of a lawsuit an energy company brought over the government's cancellation of oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide area, about two and a half months after a settlement was reached in the case. Wilderness Workshop staff attorney Peter Hart said in a news release that the dismissal of the case in a Sept. 4 order by U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Blackburn "is another day to celebrate in our long campaign to protect the Divide." From the standpoint of SG Interests, the company that brought the suit and notified Blackburn on Aug. [...]
Environmental groups are claiming victory after a legal challenge to the Bureau of Land Management's cancellation of 18 undeveloped oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide area west of Carbondale was formally dismissed by a federal court in Denver last week. U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Blackburn on Sept. 4 ordered the dismissal of the case, following an agreement earlier this summer between U.S. Interior Department officials and Houston-based SG Interests reimbursing the energy company $1.5 million for the canceled leases. Read Full Article >>
After an environmental review in 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) cancelled 18 oil and gas leases owned by the company SG Interests. The company then filed a lawsuit, which was dismissed by a federal judge in Denver last week. It comes after a settlement in June in which the BLM agreed to pay SG $1.5 million. Peter Hart is staff attorney for Carbondale-based environmental group Wilderness Workshop; he said while there are still some development threats in Thompson Divide, this is major victory for the groups who worked to protect the area. Read Full Article >>