Weekly News Roundup-November 30, 2012

Want to know what National Wildlife Federation was up to this week? Here is a recap of the week’s NWF news:

Obama Administration Delivers on Longstanding Promise to the American People Drakes Estero Receives Full Wilderness Protection 

November 29-The National Wildlife Federation applauds the Obama Administration and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar for granting full wilderness protection to Drakes Estero, the ecological heart of Point Reyes National Seashore in northern California. This decision guarantees vital protection to the hundreds of fish and wildlife species that rely on the Estero and fulfills a longstanding promise to the American people.

This is the right decision for people and wildlife,” said Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “Secretary Salazar honored this historic agreement with all Americans to protect marine wilderness, and this legacy will be enjoyed for generations of people and wildlife to come.


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EPA Takes Tough Stand with Suspension of New BP Contracts

November 28-The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today its temporary suspension of BP from new contracts with the federal government, citing “BP’s lack of business integrity as demonstrated by the company’s conduct with regard to the Deepwater Horizon blowout, explosion, oil spill, and response.”John Kostyack, vice president for wildlife conservation of the National Wildlife Federation, said today:“The federal government should throw the book at BP for its criminal and negligent actions, using the full weight of the criminal and civil laws.  Today’s decision helps to send a loud and clear message: Recklessly damaging America’s natural resources will be met with harsh penalties.The Environmental Protection Agency’s move is a tough accountability measure designed to deter oil companies from cutting corners on safety and putting profits ahead of people, like BP did in the Gulf oil disaster.

For more on the BP Settlement, check out these blog posts:

Newly Announced Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy Leases Mark Progress

November 30-The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today announced plans to sell leases for preliminary offshore wind energy development activities in two areas of federal waters recently identified and reviewed off the coasts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Virginia. The leases will be sold through a competitive auction in 2013. Catherine Bowes, senior manager for new energy solutions at National Wildlife Federation, said today: “Today’s announcement is a major step forward in America’s pursuit of offshore wind energy. Properly-sited clean energy like offshore wind is critical for protecting wildlife from the dangers of climate change, and we applaud the Obama Administration for taking action to advance an important new clean energy source for America.

For more on clean energy, check out the following blog post:

Report: Water Under Pressure
November 29-What Oil Shale Could Mean for Western Water, Fish and Wildlife–For more than a century, efforts to wring oil out of rock formations in the Rocky Mountain West have waxed and waned. The deposits underlying northwestern Colorado, southwestern Wyoming and northeastern Utah have been portrayed as “the Saudi Arabia’’ of oil shale, a vast source of domestic energy that would cut U.S. dependence on foreign oil, create many jobs and produce millions of dollars of revenue for state and local governments.

That same area, the 16,000-square-mile Green River Formation, is home to some of the nation’s most valuable fish and wildlife habitat. Colorado’s Piceance Basin boasts North America’s largest migratory mule deer herd and some of the country’s largest elk herds. The huge tracts of public land also support greater sage-grouse, Colorado River cutthroat trout, black bear, bald eagles and mountain lions. Hunting, fishing, other wildlife-based activities and outdoor recreation are cornerstones of the regional economy and integral to the area’s lifestyle, heritage and identity.

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