Latest Sierra Club News

Suit: Offshore drilling done in absence of required report

Jun. 21, 2018 7:08 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Three conservation groups said in a lawsuit filed Thursday that federal wildlife agencies have failed for years to complete required consultations and reporting on the effects that oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico could have on endangered species. The suit comes more than a decade...

Records: Trump Tower failed to follow fish protection rules

Jun. 18, 2018 3:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago is one of the largest users of water from the Chicago River, but records show it has never followed state rules governing the protection of the river's fish. State records indicate that the skyscraper siphons nearly 20 million gallons (76...

Sen. Tina Smith's amendment would complete PolyMet land swap

Jun. 8, 2018 6:54 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sen. Tina Smith has proposed an amendment to force completion of a land swap needed for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, a move that drew criticism from environmentalists Friday. The Minnesota Democrat plans to offer the amendment to a major defense...

Amid debate, Wyoming approves Yellowstone-area grizzly hunt

May. 23, 2018 7:46 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A debate over whether the Yellowstone ecosystem's grizzly bear population can thrive while being hunted will be put to the test this fall after Wyoming officials on Wednesday approved the state's first grizzly hunt in 44 years. The hunt, approved 7-0 by the Wyoming Game and Fish...

Zinke heckled as he pitches government, industry cooperation

May. 23, 2018 2:00 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke faced protests and a heckler Wednesday as he delivered a message of government cooperation at a large energy industry conference in North Dakota. Zinke told the crowd at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck that government needs to be a...

New Jersey OKs $300M annually to rescue nuclear industry

May. 23, 2018 1:47 PM EDT

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Legislation that would authorize $300 million annually to rescue New Jersey's nuclear energy industry — a request for financial help made by the state's largest utility company — was signed into law Wednesday. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy alongside lawmakers at a...

Official: Most pipeline work can go on despite tossed permit

May. 16, 2018 6:26 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal regulators declined to stop work Wednesday on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline after an appeals court invalidated a key permit for the multistate project. The decision came over the objections of environmental groups that insist the vacated permit means all construction must cease....

Trump reversal of mining pollution rule challenged in court

May. 16, 2018 4:55 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Environmental groups challenged the Trump administration in federal court Wednesday over its rejection of an Obama-era proposal that would have required mining companies to prove they have enough money to clean up their pollution. The Idaho Conservation League, Earthworks, Sierra...

The Latest: Mining industry backs Trump over pollution rule

May. 16, 2018 1:49 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on a legal challenge to the Trump administration's reversal of a proposal to make mining companies prove they can pay for future pollution cleanups (all times local): 11:45 a.m. The mining industry says it will intervene on behalf of the Trump administration in a lawsuit...

Court vacates key federal permit for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

May. 15, 2018 10:57 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appellate court vacated a key permit granted to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, saying Tuesday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provided no specific limits for the allowable impact on threatened and endangered species. The order's immediate impact was in dispute. Lawyers...