Tag Archive for Southern Environmental Law Center

Appeals Court Rules Federal, State Agencies Must Consider Environmental Impacts of Building Roads

The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the North Carolina Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration illegally failed to consider and disclose the potential sprawl-inducing impacts of a 20-mile highway bypass near Charlotte. It is ruling that has national implications, according to the Southern Environmental Law Center, and could impact the…

Gas Fracking Coming to Talladega National Forest?

by Glynn Wilson TALLADEGA, Ala. — An unknown mining company has prompted the federal Bureau of Land Management to offer up 43,000 acres in the national forest near Mt. Cheaha for oil and gas extraction that could involve hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” a controversial drilling practice that some states such as New York and Vermont…

Conservation Groups Issue Call to Action to Restore, Protect Alabama Waters

Two environmental organizations, the Alabama Rivers Alliance and Southern Environmental Law Center, released a report on Wednesday detailing the changes needed in state policies to ensure that Alabama has clean and plentiful drinking water and healthy river systems for the long term. The Alabama Water Agenda calls on state leaders to take prompt action to…

Water Wars Ruling a Setback for Alabama Conservation

This week’s ruling by the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta in the decades-long tri-state water wars should be a wake-up call for Alabama to get serious about planning its own water future, Alabama conservation groups said in a press release. The appeals court overruled a 2009 finding by a federal judge that…

Groups Sue Over Flawed Environmental Study on Northern Beltline

In apparent violation of federal law, the Alabama Department of Transportation failed to fully account for the environmental impacts of the massive, high-priced Northern Beltline highway proposed to circle Birmingham, non-profit environmental groups said in a lawsuit filed Monday in federal district court. The proposed cost of the 52-mile beltline was recently increased to $4.7…

Environmental Groups Take Legal Action to Reduce Polluted Runoff

by Glynn Wilson In an effort to help defend the state’s program to stop polluted stormwater runoff, a coalition of non-profit groups advocating for clean water have filed a motion to intervene in a permit appeal by a pro-business development organization filed against the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. Represented by the Southern Environmental Law…

Environmental Groups Take Rosa Coal Mine Fight to Court of Appeals

Glynn Wilson Two Alabama environmental groups are appealing an administrative law judge’s approval of a permit for a massive strip, auger and underground coal mine in Blount County, Alabama. The Southern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of the Black Warrior Riverkeeper and Friends of the Locust Fork River, filed the necessary papers this week with…

Environmental Groups Sue BP for Impact on Gulf Wildlife

Several non-profit watchdog groups filed a lawsuit against oil giant BP under the Endangered Species Act today for the ongoing unlawful harm and death of endangered and threatened wildlife caused by the company’s massive Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. At least 27 endangered or threatened animal species are known to inhabit the…

Gulf Deepwater Lease Sales Continue With Lax Oversight

by Glynn Wilson The Minerals Management Service continues to approve new deepwater oil drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico even after the Deepwater Horizon explosion and a change in policy on drilling by the Obama administration, giving British Petroleum and other companies the right to drill even more wells under the same inadequate oversight…

Federal Agency’s Complicity in Gulf Oil Disaster Challenged

SELC by Glynn Wilson Defenders of Wildlife and the Southern Environmental Law Center filed a lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama in Mobile challenging the Minerals Management Service’s complicity in the Gulf oil disaster and continued lax oversight of oil drilling operations, including its failure to require a thorough…

Legal Group Challenges Locust Fork Coal Mine

Glynn Wilson Fog in Autumn on The Locust Fork River In another challenge to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management’s failure to protect the purity of the state’s waterways, the Southern Environmental Law Center today petitioned for a hearing on the permit issued last month for a 3,255-acre coal mine in Blount County. The proposed…