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Western Colorado Congress (WCC) is an alliance for community action empowering people to protect and enhance their quality of life in Western Colorado since 1980. WCC members are currently working on a number of issues including local foods & agriculture, public lands management, and the impacts of developing oil & gas and uranium resources.

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Industry moves to block new rules to cut oil and gas air pollution, but we won't go down without a fight! The Western Organization of Resource Councils is joining forces with groups across the country to defend the rules we have all worked so hard to make happen.

WORC will be intervening on behalf of its member groups, including WCC. We look forward to being part of the effort.
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WORC Joins Effort to Defend Standards to Reduce Waste of Natural Gas On December 2, 15 national, regional, tribal and local public health and environmental groups representing millions of Americans took legal steps today to defend new standards that will reduce natural gas waste on public and tribal lands, protect public health, and guard against climate change. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) standards, finalized in November, will limit the amount of natural gas that oil and gas companies can leak, vent, or flare on the hundreds of millions of acres of federal and tribal lands in the U.S. – a problem that not only costs industry money in waste but costs taxpayers millions of dollars and results in harmful air pollution. Two oil and gas industry groups challenged the rule within 40 minutes of its release. The states of Montana, Wyoming,and North Dakota have also challenged the rule. Today, 15 health and environmental groups filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming seeking to enter the case on the side of BLM and defend the standards. “Lessees wasted over 462 billion cubic feet (“bcf”) of natural gas on public and tribal lands between 2009 and 2015 — enough gas to serve about 6.2 million households for a year … As a result of this waste, States, Tribes and federal taxpayers are losing millions of dollars annually in royalty revenue that could be used to fund schools, health care, and infrastructure,” the groups said in their motion. “Because wasted natural gas is comprised largely of methane — a powerful greenhouse gas — the Rule will also help to reduce the significant climate impacts of oil and gas development on federal and Indian leases … Additionally, the Rule will benefit communities suffering the impacts of such development by reducing emissions of smog-forming compounds and carcinogens, like benzene … BLM estimates that the Rule could have net benefits of up to $204 million per year.” (Motion page 1) The groups petitioning to intervene in the case are the Wyoming Outdoor Council, Center for Biological Diversity, Citizens for a Healthy Community, Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment, Environmental Defense Fund, Environmental Law & Policy Center, Montana Environmental Information Center, National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Defense Council, San Juan Citizens Alliance, Sierra Club, The Wilderness Society, Western Organization of Resource Councils, Wilderness Workshop, and WildEarth Guardians. Several of these parties are represented by counsel from Clean Air Task Force, Earthjustice, and the Western Environmental Law Center.

Posted 12/07/16

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We had a great time at this year's Mountainfilm event. Thank you to all who helped make it happen and all who came.

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WCC members and allies at a BLM hearing on the methane rules in March of this year.

WCC applauds new BLM methane rules

On November 15, the Obama Administration issued final standards to reduce flaring and venting associated with oil and gas development on federal and tribal lands.

Help us celebrate the BLM’s finalized Methane and Waste Reduction Rule on Tuesday, December 13 at 5:30 pm at Kannah Creek Brewing in Grand Junction. The event is co-sponsored by WCC, the League of Oil & Gas Impacted Coloradans, Citizens for Clean Air and the Wilderness Society.

Since 2012, we have all been working with people across the West and their representatives in Washington D.C. to convince the Bureau of Land Management to address flaring and venting. [Read more >>]

 

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