Weekly News Roundup: Keystone XL Delayed Again and more!
Last Friday, the State Department announced yet another delay on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline decision. The final decision is said to be postponed until more clarity is attained on the Nebraska route, which is currently under investigation. During the delay, the State Department will be reviewing the more than 2.5 million public comments received on the Final Environmental Impact Statement. NWF supporters have contributed to over 50,000 of these comments!
In an attempt to protect wildlife and stand against the Keystone XL Pipeline, thousands will be joining tomorrow, April 26 in Washington D.C. to deliver a message to the President. The key message to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline!
In other news, take the time to learn how to offer bird-nesting materials in your garden and quiz yourself to see just how much you know about the wild turkey!
What’s happening at the National Wildlife Federation this week?
Lawmaker, scientists focus on effects of climate change in Colorado
April 22 – Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado and two scientists who participated in a panel discussion hosted by the National Wildlife Federation Monday agreed that climate change is happening now, is “one of the defining issues of our time” and that we can take steps to reduce the effects and build toward a more sustainable future.
“Make no mistake about it, climate change is one of the defining issues of our time and how we handle it will have profound implications for the plant and future generations,” Udall said. “That’s why I’ve taken an all-hands-on-deck approach.”
NWF Sues State Dept. to Uncover New England Tar Sands Pipeline Proposal Documents
April 24 – The State Department has failed to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for nearly two years, prompting the National Wildlife Federation to file suit in Vermont Federal District Court yesterday. The FOIA request concerns documents pertaining to the Portland-Montreal Pipeline and industry plans to use that line to move dangerous tar sands oil through Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
The pipeline currently runs conventional oil from Portland to Montreal, but there are strong indications the pipeline company wants to change the use to move tar sands from Montreal to Portland, where it could then be exported.
Panel Calls for Action to Protect NH Fish and Wildlife in a Warming World
April 22 – The National Wildlife Federation hosted a discussion today at New Hampshire Audubon’s McLane Center in Concord with U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen and a panel of wildlife experts on the need for action on climate change to protect New Hampshire’s fish and wildlife.
“Climate change poses a very serious threat to our environment and our economy in New Hampshire and we must act to address this threat immediately,” said Sen. Shaheen. “It’s great to have the National Wildlife Federation as a strong ally in this fight. I will continue working with them and our other partners to protect our state’s natural beauty and conserve our natural treasures for future generations.”
Keystone XL Delayed, Facts Remain: Fails Obama Climate Test
April 18 – Today the State Department announced to Congressional staff members that it will postpone the final decision on the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline until more clarity is achieved regarding the route in Nebraska, which is currently being litigated.
Jim Murphy, senior counsel of the National Wildlife Federation, said today:
“This decision shows the problems with the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline continue to grow. At every turn, polluter allies have tried to game this process and it’s only led to further delay.”
NWF in the News:
Al Jazeera America: BP ends ‘active cleanup’ along Louisiana coast
“More than 4 million barrels of oil gushed into the Gulf before the spill was stopped, said David Muth, director of the Mississippi River Delta Restoration at the National Wildlife Federation. “As research continues on the environmental impact, the state has a plan to build new barrier islands for wildlife and to help the seafood industry survive.”
“It is the cheapest, fastest way to deal with our energy needs,” she said to a crowd of roughly 30 invitees who attended the panel hosted by the National Wildlife Federation at New Hampshire Audubon’s McLane Center in Concord.”
“Jim Murphy, the Vermont-based senior counsel at the National Wildlife Federation, said via email that “we thank Sen. Ayotte for recognizing the value of careful review to protect our wildlife and communities from dangerous, climate-disrupting tar sands pipelines. Sen. Ayotte’s leadership on this issue is critically needed and we hope it will carry over to other pipelines that pose serious climate and environmental risks as well.”
Al Jazeera America: State Dept. Delays Keystone Decision until after Midterms
“Environmental groups praised the State Department’s announcement on Friday, saying that the pipeline would exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution. “This decision is yet another indication that the problems with this pipeline continue to grow and it’s a bad idea that needs to be rejected,” said Jim Murphy, senior counsel for the National Wildlife Federation.”
USA Today: It’s Earth Day today: Get your green on
“Organizers of Earth Day Texas, which has grown from Earth Day Dallas, are expecting 60,000 people at the outdoor festival Saturday and Sunday. Headline speakers will be actor and environmental activist Ed Begley Jr.; CNN Hero of the Year Chad Pregracke, who is known for his environmental work cleaning rivers; and David Mizejewski, a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation.”
“North Park and other areas will benefit from the new policy, said Bill Dvorak, public lands organizer with the National Wildlife Federation — especially South Park in south-central Colorado, where BLM has agreed to conduct an MLP. The South Park region is renowned among outdoors groups for its world-class fisheries and pronghorn, mule deer and elk herds. But the area also sits atop a portion of the booming Niobrara Shale formation, which stretches along Colorado’s Front Range.