2008 Legislation Updates – Archive

November 2008 Public review of gas drilling underway — The NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation has begun the State Environmental Quality Review process for updating its Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) for natural gas exploration and production in the state. The update is necessary to consider the potential impacts of horizontal drilling and high-volume […]

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2007 Legislation Updates – Archive

November 2007 Global warming a hot topic— The recent announcement that this year’s Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded to former US Vice-President Al Gore and the United Nations’ International Panel on Climate Change has kept the focus on this overarching environmental issue. Climate change is being discussed by presidential candidates, foreign leaders, the general […]

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2006 Legislation Updates – Archive

November 2006 Good news on keeping roadless areas roadless — Environmentalists scored a major victory in wilderness protection in September when Judge Elizabeth LaPorte of the U.S. District Court Northern District of California ruled that the Bush administration had illegally repealed the Roadless Rule for National Forests. The Roadless Rule dates back to the last days […]

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2005 Legislation Updates – Archive

November 2005 Follow up on Endangered Species Act threats— Last month we reported on efforts to drastically weaken the Endangered Species Act in Congress. Rep. Richard Pombo had pushed legislation that would cut the heart out of this critical wildlife protection measure. Unfortunately, Pombo’s “Extinction Bill” cleared the House Natural Resources Committee, which he chairs, […]

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2004 Legislation Updates – Archive

December 2004 Election Post-mortem—With the 2004 elections now behind us, it’s clear that Nov. 2 was not a good day for the environment. The re-election of President George W. Bush and strengthening of Republican majorities in the US House and Senate mean that the attacks on our most basic environmental protections will expand and increase, […]

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