Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) says it will resume oil and gas leasing for fracking on federal land in California next year.
A Berkeley-based wild horse advocate spoke out against a proposed bill that would put the management of wild horses and burros under state jurisdiction.
Efforts to halt mustang roundups in Congress and the courts have been unsuccessful over the past decade, but two groups in a petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service are focusing on genetics and research they say prove the horses are a native species.
A copy an August internal BLM memo shows that Joan Guilfoyle recommended euthanizing wild horses on the range “as an act of mercy if animals decline to near-death condition” as a result of drought.
Protect Mustangs, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, and Citizens Against Equine Slaughter won their lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management and the United States Forest Service to halt the government’s two-year roundup agreement.
U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials say they plan to remove only 1,300 wild horses and burros from the range across the West this summer because of budget constraints and overflowing holding pens.
The BLM will hold a public workshop to solicit ideas on how to protect wild horses from excessive heat at a major holding facility in response to criticism from an Oakland-based advocacy group.
Federal land managers are postponing all oil and gas lease auctions in California until October, citing budget problems and low staffing, and the toll of environmental litigation.
Two environmental groups filed a new lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in federal court in San Jose Thursday, accusing it of failing to study the risks of fracking on 17,833 acres of public land in Monterey County and the Central Valley that it leased to 15 oil development companies.
California landowners could be sitting on oil rich land deep beneath the land their home sits on. While landowners may own the surface land, what lies beneath could be sold off if oil is discovered.