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New federal rules do more good than harm to the economy, says OMB

April 29, 2013

The benefits outweighed costs of most of the major rules and regulations that federal agencies issued last year, according to a report released yesterday by the White House.

The Office of Management and Budget is required to provide a report to Congress each year on the costs and benefits...

New Mexico grapples with tough choices amid drought

April 26, 2013

In Southern New Mexico, the mighty Rio Grande has gone dry — reduced to a sandy wash winding from this chile farming community to the nation’s leading pecan-producing county. Only puddles remain, leaving gangs of carp to huddle together in a desperate effort to avoid the fate of thousands of...

EPA finds State Dept.'s latest Keystone review 'insufficient'

April 26, 2013

U.S. EPA says the State Department's latest review of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline contains "insufficient information" on several fronts, including greenhouse gas emissions, alternative routes and the consequences of a potential spill of diluted bitumen, which the pipeline would carry...

South Platte snowpack reaches 95 percent of normal

April 26, 2013

Although the string of heavy April snowstorms put a damper on some spring plans, it also extended the Colorado ski season, delayed the snowmelt and provided a reprieve from wildfire worries.

The snowpack in the South Platte River basin -- a major water supplier for the Front Range -- is...

Appeals court backs EPA in battle over CWA permit

April 26, 2013

A federal appeals court ruled today that U.S. EPA's 2011 retroactive veto of a major West Virginia mountaintop-removal mining project was legal.

The decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit confirms EPA's contention that the Clean...

Colorado fracking database questioned by Harvard Law study

April 24, 2013

The online database that Colorado employs for disclosing the ingredients in fracking fluids used in drilling oil and gas wells is seriously flawed, according to a Harvard Law School study.

The analysis, done by the school's environmental policy initiative, found reporting errors and gaps...

On Mont. reservation, water rights divide residents

April 24, 2013

A proposed water rights compact in Montana would settle centuries-old questions over how much water local tribes, farmers and ranchers can use, and it's dividing the entire state.

The compact, which is 1,400 pages long and has taken a decade to write, provides $55 million in state money...

Nev., Ariz. put Colorado River deal on hold

April 22, 2013

The Southern Nevada Water Authority yesterday voted to put its banking agreement for Colorado River water in the Grand Canyon on hold.

In 2005, Arizona agreed to sell part of its Colorado River allocation to Nevada, supplying the Las Vegas region with 1.25 million acre-feet of water...

Ariz. regulators reaffirm sprawling development plan over BLM objections

April 22, 2013

Arizona regulators have reaffirmed their approval of a major housing development in the city of Sierra Vista despite concerns from the Bureau of Land Management that the subdivision would pose a threat to southern Arizona's last free-flowing desert river.

The Arizona Department of Water...

USFS begins public review of ski area water rights rules

April 22, 2013

The Forest Service on this week launched the first of several public meetings and forums as it outlines a contentious push to secure water rights used by ski areas on public land. "There is a fundamental difference of opinion that will be hard to overcome," said Jim Pena, the Forest Service's...

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