The following statement from The Wilderness Society President William H. Meadows is in response to the news that Carol Browner, chief environmental and energy adviser to President Obama, will be leaving the White House.
Existing and proposed biomass plants threaten New England’s forests
Biomass energy facilities could soon be tapping wood resources in nearly every corner of New England and parts of the Northeast, according to a new map produced by The Wilderness Society. In some parts of the region, multiple facilities with overlapping “woodsheds” could exceed the capacity of forests to yield materials while still maintaining other important benefits such as clean air and water and wildlife habitat.
Following today’s announcement by the Department of the Interior (DOI) regarding onshore oil and gas leasing, Ann Morgan, Vice President of Public Lands for The Wilderness Society, issues this statement in response:
ANCHORAGE - The federal government’s Minerals Management Service put its rubber stamp on a plan today that allows Shell Oil to drill in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea as early as next summer. MMS approved Shell’s exploratory drilling plan without a full analysis of its potentially significant effects on wildlife and Alaska Native subsistence, already threatened by climate change, and despite a lack of fundamental scientific information about the region.
WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) undermined the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the National Environmental Policy Act when it decided to amend 12 land management plans for Colorado, Utah and Wyoming without providing an opportunity for the public to protest, The Wilderness Society charged in a letter sent today to the U.S. Department of the Interior.
WASHINGTON — This week, as Congress and the Administration have pondered the biggest Wall Street bailout in history, the oil industry and its friends in Congress seized on the week’s news to propose the same old misguided “solution” they offer for everything: drilling the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.