WASHINGTON -- New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday that governors should be allowed to protect environmentally sensitive federal land in their states against oil and gas drilling.And more (i.e. States Fight Back!):
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California's attorney general sued the Bush administration Thursday over its management plan for the Giant Sequoia National Monument, home to two-thirds of the world's largest trees.
The federal plan adopted in December would illegally allow commercial logging in the 327,769-acre central California preserve, the suit alleges.
The plan also violates former President Clinton's April 2000 proclamation creating the reserve south of Sequoia National Park, which bans logging unless it is "clearly needed" for public or environmental protection, the suit says.