Archive for the 'Energy Development' Category

Feb 18, 2013

Proposal for Power Lines Near Squaw Creek NWR Prove Controversial

The Examiner in Missouri is reporting that a local plan by Kansas City Power and Light to run power lines as close as two miles from Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge is raising concerns from Ron Bell, the refuge manager, as well as local hunting groups who are economically dependent on waterfowl hunting. “I think […]

Sep 21, 2011

Senators Ask for Help Protecting Baca NWR is reporting that Colorado Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet sent a letter to Director Dan Ashe of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asking for a “meeting with stakeholders to explore potential solutions to conserving the refuge’s natural resources” at Baca National Wildlife Refuge. Baca NWR, which is close to the Great Sand […]

Apr 22, 2011

Photo Friday: Saving Pelican #895

In recognition of the one-year anniversary of the BP Gulf oil spill, HBO is premiering “Saving Pelican #895,” a documentary that looks at the intense effort that goes into saving just one bird that was impacted by the largest oil spill in U.S. history. More than 7,000 birds were killed as a result of the […]

Apr 22, 2011

BP Makes $1 Billion Down Payment on Gulf Clean-Up

On Thursday, BP agreed to spend $1 billion this year for a variety of clean-up projects in the Gulf of Mexico, as the area tries to recover from the largest oil spill in U.S. history. As part of the agreement, five Gulf states will get $100 million each and the federal government will get $200 […]

Jan 28, 2011

NRDC Joins Fight to Stop Drilling at Baca NWR

The Natural Resources Defense Council has joined the fight to prevent oil and gas drilling at Baca National Wildlife Refuge (read this blog’s January 10, 2011 update about the controversy). In its recent environmental assessment, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stated that, in their opinion, exploratory drilling on Baca NWR will not cause significant […]

Jan 10, 2011

New Phase in Oil Drilling Controversy at Baca NWR

This blog has followed the ongoing controversy regarding the proposed oil drilling at Baca National Wildlife Refuge, which is close to the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. As part of an agreement reached in 2010 between local environmental groups, Lexam Explorations, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the USFWS agreed to conduct […]

Dec 16, 2010

Louisiana Berms Did Little to Stop Oil

The Washington Post reports that the presidential commission investigating the BP oil spill response found that the sand berms built off the Louisiana coast did little to stop the oil. Despite intense pressure from Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) and other state officials demanding that the berms be built, the commission said scientists who predicted […]

Dec 13, 2010

Video Monday: Gulf Coast Oil Spill Response

The National Wildlife Refuge Association announced on their Facebook page last week that NWRA President Evan Hirsche recently visited Southwest Airlines Headquarters at Love Field in Texas, where he was presented with a check for $100,000 in support of ongoing Gulf oil response efforts. Southwest Airlines continues to be a wonderful supporter of the National […]

Dec 06, 2010

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — 50th Anniversary

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. No refuge in the National Wildlife Refuge System is as well known — and as vigorously fought over — as the Arctic Refuge. While much is written about the Arctic NWR, much bad information continues to circulate. Many in the media […]

Oct 14, 2010

Open House Regarding Drilling Proposal at Baca NWR

On October 26, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold a public open house at 6:30 p.m. at the Colorado College Baca Conference Center to solicit concerns and issues for the Service to consider in a new environmental analysis of Lexam Explorations, Inc.’s proposal to explore natural gas or oil resources they own, underlying […]

Sep 26, 2010

Settlement Reached in Baca NWR Drilling Controversy is reporting that a settlement has been reached regarding the controversial drilling proposal at Baca National Wildlife Refuge, which is close to the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. (see previous blog posts on Sept. 4, 2009, Feb. 17, 2009, and Dec. 7, 2008). The San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council and San Luis […]

Sep 24, 2010

Oil Lingers at Bon Secour NWR reports that Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama still has tar balls around the wildlife refuge’s beaches, from the water’s edge up to the beginning of the sand dunes. The team found tarballs washing ashore with every wave Wednesday morning in the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. And just off the beach, in […]