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Friends of the Earth Condemns Senate Attack on Endangered Species Act

WASHINGTON – Today, the Senate passed a resolution under the Congressional Review Act that removes essential protections for the lesser-prairie chicken, a key species that serves as an important indicator of healthy prairies and grasslands, across five Western states. If implemented, the federal government could not reissue protections for… Read More

Lawsuit Targets U.S. Delay on Petition to Phase Out Public Lands Oil Drilling

Conservation groups sued the U.S. Interior Department today for failing to respond to a rulemaking petition to phase out oil and gas extraction on federal public lands. Read More

Federal Judge Allows Construction to Proceed in ConocoPhillips’ Willow Project in Alaska

A federal judge today ruled in favor of oil giant ConocoPhillips by denying a motion for preliminary injunction brought by environmentalists as part of a lawsuit challenging the Willow project in Alaska’s Western Arctic. Read More

Friends of the Earth Denounces Massive, Unlawful Gulf Lease Sale

Today, the Biden Administration offered 73.3 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas leasing despite widespread opposition from Gulf community and national environmental groups. Read More

Friends of the Earth Applauds Monument Designations for Avi Kwa Ame and Castner Range

WASHINGTON – Today, the Biden administration officially designated Avi Kwa Ame and Castner Range as national monuments. This victory is the result of years-long advocacy campaigns led by Tribes, frontline and conservation groups working with the Honor Avi Kwa Ame and Castner Range… Read More

Nearly 200 Groups Urge No New Leases in Biden’s Five Year Plan

WASHINGTON – Community organizations across the country sent a letter to the Biden administration today demanding no new leases in the Interior Department’s Five Year Plan for offshore drilling as part of the program’s public comment period ending October 6. The… Read More

Court rejects Wyoming, industry challenge to Biden administration postponement of oil, gas lease sales

WASHINGTON, DC — A federal judge in Wyoming affirmed the Biden administration’s decisions to postpone oil and gas lease sales in early 2021, holding that the federal government has broad authority to postpone sales to address environmental concerns. In his ruling… Read More

Legal Agreements Block Drilling, Fracking Across 1 Million Acres in Central California

Groups and the Bureau of Land Management reached an agreement to suspend new oil and gas leasing across more than 1 million acres of public lands in California. Read More

Leading climate, conservation and Indigenous groups respond to draft supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on ConocoPhillips’ Willow Project

No single oil and gas project poses a greater threat to the Biden Administration’s climate and public lands protection goals than the Willow Project. Read More

Biden’s five-year drilling plan would exacerbate climate disaster

The DOI issued a draft five-year offshore oil and gas drilling plan, which is opposed by coastal communities and national climate groups. Read More