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Stakes high as Supreme Court weighs intervention in N.M.-Texas dispute

March 13, 2013

By the time the Rio Grande reaches the New Mexico-Texas state line, it's more puddle than river.

Texas blames groundwater pumping in New Mexico for the Rio Grande's sorry condition and has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene and force New Mexico to send more water downstream.


DOE proposes restart of controversial uranium program

March 13, 2013

The Department of Energy is proceeding with the planned resumption of leasing federal land for uranium exploration and mining.

DOE's Office of Legacy Management released a draft environmental impact statement for the program last week that identifies continuing with leasing as the...

Oil and gas drilling fuels debate over self-government, state interest

March 13, 2013

Colorado residents chafing at the rapidly expanding oil and gas operations along the Front Range are pressuring their local governments for protection from industrial light, noise, vibration and pollution within city limits.

But state officials insist they alone have the right to regulate...

Groups sue USFS over uranium mine reopening near Grand Canyon

March 12, 2013

The Havasupai Tribe joined three conservation groups yesterday in suing the Forest Service for allowing the reopening of a uranium mine near Grand Canyon National Park.

The groups, including the Center for Biological Diversity and the Grand Canyon Trust, say the agency relied on outdated...

New report finds holes in scientific integrity effort

March 12, 2013

On the fourth anniversary of President Obama's promise to restore scientific integrity to federal policymaking, a watchdog group is releasing a report saying the government is moving in the right direction but that some policies are flawed and more work still needs to be done.

The Union...

Western communities battle over underground water reserves

March 12, 2013

The water wars of the western United States have started to focus on underground reserves.

In Nevada, the battle is raging over 650 million gallons that rest below Pilot Valley, with a ranching community population of 200. Border town West Wendover, with its population of 4,500, is...

EPA seeks reviewers for water study seen as key to regulatory scheme

March 12, 2013

A new front in the high-stakes battle over which swamps, streams and other water resources should be regulated under the Clean Water Act opened up today, as U.S. EPA took a key step toward finalizing a scientific study examining how such water resources are connected.

In today's Federal...

White House releases guidelines aimed at streamlining NEPA reviews

March 7, 2013

The White House Council on Environmental Quality today released new guidelines for more efficient environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act.

The two handbooks, which address the National Historic Preservation Act and the California Environmental Quality Act, are...

House approps bill would help Colo. recover from blazes

March 7, 2013

Colorado may finally get federal funding to restore watersheds damaged during last summer's devastating wildfires that are still vulnerable to flooding and landslides, under a newly proposed government funding bill.

Included in legislation sponsored yesterday by House Appropriations...

Another Colo. community bans fracking, expects lawsuit

March 7, 2013

The Fort Collins City Council on Tuesday night banned fracking within city limits, defying the governor and other state authorities who say local governments have no right to regulate the oil and gas industry.

The ban was expected to bring lawsuits from the state and from the Colorado Oil...

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