Rocky Mountain PEER covers the states of the Rocky Mountain region. These states contain millions of acres of federally protected lands. These unique areas, which include Yellowstone National Park, Arches National Monument, the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, Grand Teton National Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park, bring countless visitors to the breathtaking landscapes that define the Rocky Mountains. Major environmental issues facing the region include habitat protection, roadless forests and wilderness areas, urban and suburban sprawl, and water issues.
Chandra Rosenthal, a Colorado native, heads up the office as Rocky Mountain PEER Director. Chandra, formerly staff attorney with Defenders of Wildlife specializing in endangered species and public lands issues, has also worked for the U.S. Department of Justice and, under a legal fellowship, worked on a Superfund site with the Department of Energy.
“I view my job as helping the region’s public service professionals do their jobs of protecting the diverse and abundant natural resources of the Rockies,” states Rosenthal.
PEER IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION
The Forest Service hopes to pass a new rule making it easier for private companies to drill for oil and gas on U.S. National Forests.
Kyla Bennett testified in front of the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission to require a robust analysis of the impacts of oil and gas development
"What this process has done over the years is allow oil and gas interests to hoard land on the tiny chance they might develop it. During the Trump administration, land virtually given away in noncompetitive leases has more than doubled from 141,000 acres in 2017 to...
University of Colorado Bureaucratic Infighting Disrupts Climate Research
"The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is in the midst of a massive oil and gas lease sale in Utah. The September sale of 114,000 acres of wild lands in Utah will touch national parks, monuments, proposed wilderness and some of the prettiest red rock vistas in Utah."
"Last month, the University of Colorado Boulder released a scathing audit about the events that led to the firing of Detlev Helmig, formerly an associate research professor at CU’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. According to the audit, which was released...
"I read with interest Katie Langford’s June 19 story regarding Dr. Detlev Helmig. I was drawn to this since I have not only used Dr. Helmig’s research in my work, but also presented with him to audiences along the Front Range. I do not want to discuss guilt or...
"There is growing scientific evidence that the COVID-19 virus disproportionately impacts those with compromised immune systems. Unfortunately, segments of the Colorado public may be more at risk because of long standing contamination from per- and poly-fluoroalkyl...
University of Colorado Scientists Targeted by Oil Industry Removed
The University of Colorado Boulder needs to ensure that special interests are not controlling climate change research conducted by university scientists.
PFAS are a man-made chemical that are used in the manufacture of consumer goods including cookware, flame-retardants, waterproofing, furniture and take out containers.
University of Colorado-Boulder Serves Oil and Gas Special Interests
Washing Your Hands Can’t Stop PFAS in Water
Public Input and Governor’s Objections Ignored by DC-Based BLM Officials
Dangerous Levels of PFAS in Drinking Water Without Enforceable Limits
From: Sierra "The relocations also come saddled with environmental implications. The Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be headquartered in Colorado, a move critics say will help private interests wield influence over public lands. Meanwhile,...
Impact of Proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Redefinition on Wetlands and Waters in New Mexico
BLM Fires 21-Year Veteran Whistleblower Rather than Curtailing Illegal Grazing
From: Santa Fe New Mexican “Jeff Ruch, executive director of the advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said the idea of moving BLM’s headquarters “seems more of a political stunt than a thoughtful proposal.”" Read more . . . Read the PEER...
Danger to “Threatened” Wildlife Species, Children, and Non-Target Wildlife Washington, DC — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s plan for killing wildlife that prey on livestock in Colorado is a dangerous and misguided, according to public comments released today by a...