Monthly Archives: July 2010

New Lawsuit Challenges Secretary’s Assumption that Large Oil Spills are Unlikely

On July 26, 2010, the Center for Biological Diversity filed another lawsuit challenging the Department of the Interior’s regulation of offshore drilling, alleging that the Department failed to properly assess potential impacts on endangered and threatened species from large scale oil spills.  The lawsuit, which was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, attacks … Continue Reading

National Research Council Bay-Delta Committee Update

Following the resignations of Dr. Pat Glibert and Dr. Michael McGuire from the National Research Council’s Committee on Sustainable Water and Environmental Management in the California Bay-Delta, three new members were named to the Committee.  The three new members are Dr. John Connolly, Dr. Hans Paerl, and Dr. Stephen Monismith.  A complete list of the committee … Continue Reading

Campaign to Use Endangered Species Act to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions Marches On

In an article published in Yale Environment 360 on July 22, 2010, Todd Woody chronicles the ongoing campaign by various environmental organizations to use the Endangered Species Act to compel the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The article, Enlisting Endangered Species As a Tool to … Continue Reading

Fish and Wildlife Service to Review Prospect of Listing Whitebark Pine Due to Climate Change

The Fish and Wildlife Service announced a 90-day finding that listing the whitebark pine as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act may be warranted.    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) previously petitioned the Service to list the whitebark pine in 2008.  It filed a lawsuit in March 2010 to force the Service to … Continue Reading

District Court Finds Biological Opinion for Water Diversions on Yuba River Arbitrary and Capricious

In South Yuba River Citizens League v. National Marine Fisheries Service (PDF), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California found that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) violated the Administrative Procedure Act in concluding that water diversion on the Yuba River would not jeopardize or adversely modify the critical habitat of … Continue Reading

Another Lawsuit Filed Challenging the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Compliance With The Endangered Species Act

On July 13, 2010, the National Wildlife Federation and Florida Wildlife Federation filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida alleging that the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s ("FEMA") failure to consult with federal wildlife agencies on the potential impacts of implementing the National Flood Insurance Program ("NFIP") in Florida is … Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit Says Endangered Species Critical Habitat Not LImited to Where the Species Resides; Agency May Restrict Analysis of Economic Costs of Critical Habitat

In Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association v. Salazar (PDF), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a Fish and Wildlife Service (“Service”) determination that under the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”), critical habitat for the threatened Mexican spotted owl is not limited to areas where the owl actually resides, but can encompass areas that … Continue Reading