The Forest Service recently released a plan that could protect much of Colorado’s Thompson Divide from new oil and gas leasing. For years, this spectacular area has been threatened by oil and gas development.
The Obama administration confirmed that we will see new policies and practices from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the coming months as well as continuing efforts from the Department of Interior (DOI) aimed at reducing methane emissions from public lands.
The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management recently issued an analysis predicting that Lease Sale 193 in the Arctic Ocean’s Chukchi Sea—if developed—has a 75 percent chance of a large oil spill. Amazingly, the agency is proceeding with Shell’s plans to drill there.