Lawsuit challenges Utah’s new Green River water contract

Living Rivers: Trump administration failed to consider deals, climate change

Conservation groups sued the Trump administration March 21 to challenge the Interior Department’s decision allowing additional water to be taken from the Green River below Utah’s Flaming Gorge Dam. “The decision was made without a full accounting of reduced Colorado River basin flows or how the region’s persistent drought and climate change could harm endangered species and recreation,” said a press release from the environmental group Living Rivers.

Huge shale oil project prompts lawsuit

Conservation groups claim 100 billion gallons of water will be drained from Green River

Several conservation groups on Tuesday, Feb. 26, issued a notice of intent to sue the Trump administration for approving rights-of-way for pipelines and power lines that pave the way for the nation’s first commercial oil shale development. The massive Enefit project in Utah’s Uintah Basin would drain billions of gallons of water from the Green River, threaten endangered species and generate enormous amounts of greenhouse gas pollution, said the groups in a joint statement.