Laws & Regulations

New Mexico Extends Ban On Oil And Gas Leasing Around Sacred Chaco Park

"New oil and natural gas leasing will be prohibited on state land surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park, an area sacred to Native Americans, for the next 20 years under an executive order by New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard."

Source: AP, 12/15/2023

"In EPA’s New Methane Rule, An Innovative Way To Stop ‘Super Emitters’"

"Scientists with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory were flying a plane equipped with a visible-infrared imaging spectrometer over an oil field in California’s San Joaquin Valley when they made a worrisome discovery. Images produced by the device revealed a large plume of methane lingering in the air."

Source: Grist, 12/15/2023

"California Gas Tax Revenue Will Drop By $6 Billion, Threatening Roads"

"California’s funding from gas taxes will drop by nearly $6 billion in the next decade due to the state’s electric car rules and other climate programs, “likely resulting in a decline in highway conditions for drivers,” according to a new state analysis released today."

Source: CalMatters, 12/15/2023

Greens Sue BNSF For Grizzlies Killed By Trains Without Safety Measures

"Wildlife groups aren’t sure what is worse: That trains have killed more than 63 grizzly bears in northern Montana since 2018, or that Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad has seemed to ignore requests to help alleviate the problem."

Source: States Newsroom, 12/15/2023

"Brazil Congress Overturns Lula Veto On Limit To Indigenous Land Claims"

"Brazil's Congress on Thursday overturned a presidential veto that had struck down the core of a bill to limit Indigenous land claims, setting up a likely clash at the Supreme Court."

Source: Reuters, 12/15/2023

"Advocates Demand US Suspend Weed-Killing Chemical That May Cause Cancer"

"Citing new scientific research, a coalition of farm worker, public health and environmental advocates on Wednesday filed a legal petition with US regulators demanding they immediately suspend authorization for the controversial weed-killing chemical called glyphosate."

Source: Guardian, 12/15/2023

EPA Begins Formal Review Of Toxic Chemical That Burned In Ohio Derailment

"The Biden administration has initiated a formal evaluation of risks posed by vinyl chloride, the cancer-causing chemical that burned in a towering plume of toxic black smoke following a fiery train derailment earlier this year in eastern Ohio."

Source: AP, 12/15/2023


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