News Release | Environment America

Administration’s Drilling Plan Protects Virginia, Creates other Concerns

Today, Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar unveiled the Department of Interior’s offshore leasing plan for years 2012 through 2017. The plan reaffirmed the Obama administration’s December 2010 announcement to protect the Atlantic and Pacific coasts as well as to limit expansion of drilling leases in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. The plan additionally removed an area off the coast of Virginia from consideration for drilling. 

News Release | Environment America

Senate Defeats Massive Attack on Public Health and Environment

Today the U.S. Senate defeated S. 1786, which was billed as an extension of transportation funding but actually contained massive attacks on environmental and public health protections, while eliminating funding for pedestrian and bicycling programs.  

News Release | Environment America

One Step Closer to Protecting the Grand Canyon from Toxic Mining

The Bureau of Land Management released a final Environmental Impact Statement today that marks another important step toward protecting the Grand Canyon from toxic mining. This document analyzes potential impacts of uranium mining on public lands within 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon. It is the culmination of 2 years of study and nearly 300,000 public comments in support of the Administration’s preferred alternative- withdrawing the full million acres of lands around the canyon from new mining claims for the next twenty years.

News Release | Environment America

Nearly 50 Million Acres of Roadless National Forests Protected

In a tremendous victory for national forests across the country, a federal appeals court re-affirmed protection for nearly 50 million acres of roadless areas in our national forests by upholding the Clinton-era Roadless Area Conservation Rule. After spending the past decade tied up in the courts, today’s ruling is an important step in protecting nearly roadless areas in our national forests from the Rockies to the Appalachians.

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Groups Call on Senator Murray to End Oil Subsidies

Environment Washington was joined by Pete Mills from Congressman Jim McDermott’s office, Rachel Padgett from Fuse Washington and local activists to call for an end to $44 billion in subsidies to Big Oil.

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