A Dakota Access pipeline protester accused of shooting at law enforcement during protests in 2016 pleaded guilty today to two federal charges that could earn her up to seven years in prison. Red Fawn Fallis’ plea means she will avoid trial and a possible life sentence had she been convicted.
Energy producers applauded recent efforts by the Department of the Interior (DOI) to remove regulatory burdens that have stifled energy development on federal lands during an oversight hearing held by the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources on Thursday. “These delays we are seeing of uncertainties, inefficiencies and inconsistent application of roles are creating the unnecessary delays and disproportionately impact our small business,” said Jarred Kubat, Vice President of Land, Legal and Regulatory at Wold Energy Partners. “The 415-day delay average our company faces between parcel nomination and offering for sale is too long. This is contrasted with the 45-day period we see at state level,” he continued.
California billionaire and prominent Democratic donor Tom Steyer has made an early entrance into Colorado’s 2018 election battleground, a Western Wire review of Colorado’s campaign finance reports reveals. Contribution reports from the 4th quarter of 2017 show Steyer jumping into five Colorado House and Senate races in competitive Colorado districts much earlier than in 2016. Democrats hold the state House, while Republicans retain a narrow majority in the state Senate.
When Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt offered an invitation to meet and hear the concerns of Moms Clean Air Force last month, co-founder and Executive Director Dominique Browning was not expecting much. Pruitt’s invitation, however, eventually led to an early January meeting with the activist organization, stunning Browning.
Plans by the City of Boulder to move forward on a possible climate change lawsuit against the state’s energy producers reflects a growing legal effort to file lawsuits at the municipal level in state courts, following the announcement of lawsuits in California and New York City in recent weeks. “We’re not surprised,” Linda Kelly, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) told Western Wire. “That another suit is being filed seems to be part of a growing trend.”
When much of the Midwest and Northeast United States faced extreme cold weather the past two weeks, fossil fuels like natural gas kept the nation warm. “Renewable energy is not dispatchable,” John Harpole, founder and President of Mercator Energy, told Western Wire. “There’s no such thing as utility scale electric storage.”
When Patagonia’s Yvon Chouinard, an outspoken critic of national monument revision and proponent of anti-fossil fuel policies, refused an open offer to share his views with members of Congress last month, Utah’s Rob Bishop, Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, was “disappointed.” “I am disappointed you chose to decline the invitation,” Bishop wrote, noting that the offer to testify, regardless of positions on policy or viewpoints, is rarely rebuffed. “In my 15 years of congressional service I have found most people jump at the opportunity to share their views before Congress – at least those who are confident their position can survive public scrutiny.”