Bernhardt sued for gutting sage grouse protections

Former oil lobbyist violated federal law, environmental groups allege

Four conservation groups sued Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and the Bureau of Land Management last week in Idaho federal court over their recent decisions to gut protections for greater sage grouse across millions of acres of public land in the West. The groups are Western Watersheds Project, Center for Biological Diversity, Wild Earth Guardians and Prairie Hills Audubon Society.

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.