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Disclosure of fracking chemicals required by federal rule

May 7, 2012

The Obama administration said Friday it will for the first time require companies drilling for oil and natural gas on public and Indian lands to publicly disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations.

The proposed "fracking" rules also set standards for proper construction of...

Public comments show deep divide on BLM oil shale plan

May 7, 2012

The Obama administration's plan to significantly reduce the lands available to oil shale development in the West will stifle billions of dollars in industry investments and delay a solution to U.S. dependence on foreign crude, according to industry and local officials.


Colorado Roadless Rule gets mixed reviews

May 6, 2012

A plan to manage some of Colorado’s most prized national forest lands is being billed as a national model for how states and the federal government can work together even amid the rancorous political climate.

Reaction from the environmental community was less enthusiastic. While...

Uranium mine proposed for Wyoming's Red Desert

May 6, 2012

A company is proposing what would be the first in-situ uranium mine in southern Wyoming, a roughly 150-acre site where hundreds of wells would pump uranium solution from the ground in a remote corner of the Red Desert.

In-situ mining involves dissolving uranium out of sandstone deposits...

Studies present differing views on EPA fracking water study

May 6, 2012

Several months after the Environmental Protection Agency issued a draft report suggesting hydraulic fracturing contaminated groundwater near Pavillion, proponents and critics of the practice have each weighed in with their own expert studies of the EPA’s findings.

Not surprisingly, the...

Colo. roadless rule expands some protections but exempts mines, ski resorts

May 3, 2012

A final plan to preserve some 4.2 million acres of roadless forests in Colorado would more than double the amount of lands slated for top-tier protections but would still allow limited roads to accommodate coal mines, ski resorts and community wildfire protection.

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EPA official who compared enforcement to crucifixion resigns

May 2, 2012

A senior Environmental Protection Agency official resigned Sunday in an effort to end the furor over his remarks two years ago that the EPA should make examples of polluters the way Romans crucified people to quash rebellions.

But it appeared unlikely that the departure of Alfredo Juan “...

As EPA faces political heat, new science adviser joins the fray

April 30, 2012

As Republicans in Congress continue to batter U.S. EPA over its "job-killing" regulations, Glenn Paulson is about to take on one of the agency's most difficult positions: science adviser.

The longtime environmental health expert will be responsible for the integration of scientific...

Crow Tribe, United States and State of Montana sign historic water compact

April 30, 2012

The Crow Tribe Apsáalooke Nation, the United States of America and the State of Montana executed the Crow Tribe-Montana Water Rights Compact in an historic signing ceremony last week at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Crow Chairman Cedric Black...

Udall urges Obama to finalize Colo. roadless rule

April 30, 2012

Colorado's senior senator today asked President Obama to expedite his approval of a plan to ban most logging and road building across 4.2 million acres of national forest in his state.

Sen. Mark Udall (D) in a letter to the president said the state's proposed roadless rule is a "fair"...

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