The Ninth Circuit ruled in favor of NPS that it is not contrary to the Wilderness Act to repair historic structures in wilderness areas. The Court ruled that the Wilderness Act itself is ambiguous on the subject and that as a result, the Court should defer to NPS. The court also agreed with NPS that the onsite rehabilitation work was necessary to serve historic
The Coalition has sent a letter to Secretary Zinke & Susan Combs voicing our opposition to the proposed reorganization of the Department of the Interior. Click “Read More” to read our letter.
In 2016, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued the Blowout Preventer and Well Control Rule to address safety concerns about the offshore oil and gas industry that were identified after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Recently, BSEE has proposed revisions that would fundamentally weaken the rule. Click “Read More” to see our joint comment letter opposing the revisions.
BLM has announced it will lease 142 parcels for oil and gas development in southeastern New Mexico. Although BLM has decided to “defer” leasing a number of parcels adjacent to Carlsbad Caverns NP, concerns remain about various aspects of the planning process. Click “Read More” to see our comment letter.
The Coalition submitted comments expressing our opposition to proposed revisions to CEQ’s regulations. Click “read more” to see our comments.
The Coalition sent a letter of support to Chairman Senator Murkowski of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, urging for passage of S. 3172 and work towards addressing the maintenance backlog. Click “read more” to see the letter.
Coalition member, Maureen Finnerty, penned a Letter to the Editor (LTE) of the Miami Herald expressing the need to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund before it expires on September 30th. Click “read more” to see the LTE.
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement proposes to revise the Blowout Preventer and Well Control Rule in order “to ease the regulatory burden” on the offshore oil and gas industry. The current rule was issued in 2016 to address industry shortcomings identified after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Click “Read More” to see our comments on the proposed rule.
In response to reports that the Interior Secretary planned to end the popular “Every Kid in a Park” program, the Coalition joined over two dozen other groups in speaking out in support of the program. Click “Read More” to learn about this issue.
The Coalition Chair, Phil Francis, issued comments on Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk’s retirement, which came after Wenk was notified of his reassignment to the National Capital Region. Click “Read More” to see Phil quoted in the Huffington Post and The Guardian.