Sierra Club - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Sierra Club Gov't to begin seismic surveys in Atlantic in drilling push WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Wednesday it is moving forward on seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean, the first step toward offshore drilling in a region where it has been blocked for decades. The Interior Department said it is reviewing six applications by energy companies that were rejected by the Obama administration. Environmental g... Wed, 10 May 2017 22:21:00 GMT 2017-05-10T22:21:00Z Environmental groups sue EPA over rollback of pollution rule WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmentalists and public health advocates are going to court to fight the Trump administration's move to rewrite Obama-era rules limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants. A coalition of about a dozen groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District... Wed, 03 May 2017 20:34:00 GMT 2017-05-03T20:34:00Z Bloomberg to world leaders: Ignore Trump on climate NEW YORK (AP) — New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg urged world leaders not to follow President Donald Trump's lead on climate change and declared his intention to help save an international agreement to reduce carbon emissions. Bloomberg, who considered a presidential bid after serving three terms as New York City's mayor, addressed his intensifying f... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 01:31:00 GMT 2017-04-24T01:31:00Z Environmental groups challenge Keystone XL pipeline approval OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A coalition of environmental groups challenged the federal permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline in court on Thursday because they say additional environmental scrutiny is needed. The Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council and other groups say the initial environmental review completed in 2014 is inadequate and outdated, and t... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:20:00 GMT 2017-03-30T18:20:00Z Environmental groups file lawsuit over Trump climate actions CHICAGO (AP) — Environmental groups that vowed to fight President Donald Trump's efforts to roll back his predecessor's plans to curb global warming made good on their promise Wednesday, teaming up with an American Indian tribe to ask a federal court to block an order that lifts restrictions on coal sales from federal lands. The Interior Department last y... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:26:00 GMT 2017-03-29T22:26:00Z Tribes' battle over Dakota Access pipeline not over BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — American Indian tribes fighting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline said Tuesday that the pumping of oil into the pipe under their water source is a blow, but it doesn't end their legal battle. Industry groups say the imminent flow of oil through the pipeline is good news for energy and infrastructure. The comments come after Tex... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:08:00 GMT 2017-03-28T19:08:00Z What completed Dakota Access pipeline means for key players BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Oil has been pumped into a controversial section of the Dakota Access pipeline after months of delays caused by protests and Native American tribes' efforts to stop the project. The 1,200-mile pipeline is now capable of moving half of the oil produced in North Dakota to a distribution point in Illinois. The line is expected to be fully operational in ab... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:18:00 GMT 2017-03-28T17:18:00Z Report: Climate outlook improves as fewer coal plants built BEIJING (AP) — Led by cutbacks in China and India, construction of new coal-fired power plants is falling worldwide, improving chances climate goals can be met despite earlier pessimism, three environmental groups said Wednesday. A joint report by the groups CoalSwarm, the Sierra Club and Greenpeace follows a warning this week by two international agencie... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 02:41:00 GMT 2017-03-22T02:41:00Z California: $400 million plan to slow largest lake shrinkage SAN DIEGO (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown's administration on Thursday proposed spending nearly $400 million over 10 years to slow the shrinking of the state's largest lake just as it is expected to evaporate an accelerated pace. The plan involves building ponds on the northern and southern ends of the Salton Sea, a salty, desert lake that has suffered... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 22:38:00 GMT 2017-03-16T22:38:00Z Army Corps on trial over Missouri River flooding complaint KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is defending itself at trial against more than 300 farmers and other landowners who say the agency's management of the Missouri River has contributed to major flooding in five states, most notably 2011 flooding that caused billions of dollars in damage. The lawsuit, filed in 2014 in the U.S. Court o... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:15:00 GMT 2017-03-16T11:15:00Z Trump orders review of Obama rule protecting small streams WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed an executive order mandating a review of an Obama-era rule aimed at protecting small streams and wetlands from development and pollution, fulfilling a campaign promise while earning the ire of environmental groups. The order, signed at the White House Tuesday, instructs the Environmental Protection Agenc... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 23:40:00 GMT 2017-02-28T23:40:00Z New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey environmental regulators on Friday approved a hotly contested plan to run a natural gas pipeline through a federally protected forest preserve amid raucous protests that included drums, tambourines and choruses of "This Land Is Your Land." The 15-member New Jersey Pinelands Commission voted to approve a plan by South Je... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:32:00 GMT 2017-02-24T21:32:00Z Lawmakers renew push for drilling in Alaska wildlife refuge ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski in 2001 gave a speech urging colleagues to approve oil drilling in America's largest wildlife refuge. The Alaska Republican held up a blank sheet of paper to illustrate his point. The field of white, he said, was all you could see each winter on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Ref... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:52:00 GMT 2017-02-23T17:52:00Z California dam managers dismissed flood concern 12 years ago Environmental activists and local government officials warned more than a decade ago about the risk of catastrophic flooding below a major Northern California dam — the very scenario that threatened to unfold over the weekend, prompting evacuation orders for nearly 200,000 people. State and federal regulators dismissed those fears at the time, saying they... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 03:55:00 GMT 2017-02-14T03:55:00Z Army to allow completion of Dakota Access oil pipeline BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Army said Tuesday that it will allow the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota, clearing the way for completion of the disputed four-state project. However, construction could still be delayed because the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which has led opposition, said it would... Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT 2017-02-08T00:00:00Z Amber Valletta pens op-ed against EPA nominee Scott Pruitt NEW YORK (AP) — Oklahoman, model, actress, mother and Sierra Club ambassador Amber Valletta is "worried sick" about her home state's attorney general leading the Environmental Protection Agency and said as much in an op-ed piece released Friday on The nomination of Scott Pruitt moved late Thursday to the full Senate. He could be confirmed as e... Fri, 03 Feb 2017 21:31:00 GMT 2017-02-03T21:31:00Z Environmentalists preparing to battle Trump, GOP in court CHICAGO (AP) — The night before Donald Trump's inauguration, five environmental lawyers filed a federal court brief defending an Obama administration clean-water rule that the new president and his Republican allies have targeted for elimination, considering it burdensome to landowners. The move served as a warning that environmentalists, facing a hostile... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 05:40:00 GMT 2017-01-29T05:40:00Z Rebuking Obama, Trump boosts Keystone XL, Dakota pipelines WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump moved swiftly Tuesday to advance the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, signing executive actions to aggressively overhaul America's energy policy and deal a sharp blow to Barack Obama's legacy on climate change. Obama had personally halted the Keystone XL project, which was to bring oil fro... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 01:30:00 GMT 2017-01-25T01:30:00Z Plan to run pipeline through Pinelands gets public hearing PEMBERTON, N.J. (AP) — As jobs-versus-environment clashes go, few issues have been as hard fought and generated as much passion in New Jersey as a proposal to run a natural gas pipeline through federally protected woods atop some of the nation's purest drinking water. The plan was narrowly defeated in 2014. But since then, Republican Gov. Chris Christie h... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:59:00 GMT 2017-01-24T20:59:00Z From 'oops' to DOE chief; Rick Perry is pick for Energy WASHINGTON (AP) — He ran for president twice, but Rick Perry may be best known for two made-for-TV moments: uttering "oops" when he forgot the Energy Department was one of the agencies he pledged to eliminate and being a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars." The former Texas governor is President-elect Donald Trump's choice to become energy secretary, t... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 16:41:00 GMT 2016-12-13T16:41:00Z Trump settles on Oklahoma's attorney general to lead EPA WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump confirmed on Thursday that he will nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a global warming skeptic, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, which he has repeatedly sued and derided for pursuing an "activist agenda." "My administration strongly believes in environmental protection, and Scott Pru... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:13:00 GMT 2016-12-08T12:13:00Z Obama stays busy on environmental front in final weeks WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing fears of a Donald Trump presidency, environmental groups are urging President Barack Obama to stay busy in his final weeks. He is listening. With his days in office numbered, Obama has pushed ahead with several executive actions aimed at protecting the nation's land, air and water, even as he acknowledges his successor may try to undo the work before... Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:20:00 GMT 2016-12-01T08:20:00Z City eyes key permit for oil terminal on Washington coast SEATTLE (AP) — As the small city of Hoquiam considers a key permit for a proposed terminal that would move millions of barrels of crude oil through Grays Harbor, opponents are raising concerns about the potential for oil spills and impacts on tribal fishing rights. Westway Terminal, recently renamed Contanda, wants to expand its existing methanol facility... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 21:41:00 GMT 2016-11-25T21:41:00Z