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Limited federal funds may mean cuts to local firefighting programs

May 14, 2013

Lance Okeson at the Boise Fire Dispatch office had a surprise visit from the secretaries of the U.S. Agriculture and Interior departments Monday, and they came with bad news.

Okeson is in charge of the fuels program for the Bureau of Land Management's Boise District. Agriculture Secretary...

Controversial uranium projects proceed near Grand Canyon, 'sacred' mountain

May 13, 2013

Uranium mining will likely begin within weeks at a site in Mohave County, Ariz., near Grand Canyon National Park, the Bureau of Land Management said last week.

Toronto-based Energy Fuels Inc.'s Pinenut facility is within the 1 million acres of land that the Obama administration last year...

BLM pressed in committee on fire, sage grouse and grazing

May 10, 2013

Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), who holds the reins in the House over Interior Department spending, urged the Bureau of Land Management yesterday to boost its focus on wildfire management as a means of protecting the imperiled sage grouse.

Republicans like Simpson have long called on the...

Enviro group appeals BLM decision to extend Colo. leases

May 10, 2013

A Colorado environmental group yesterday appealed the Bureau of Land Management's decision last month to extend more than two dozen leases in the state's rugged Thompson Divide area, arguing the agency should have let the leases expire.

Earthjustice, representing the Carbondale-based...

BLM Wyoming's oil, gas lease auction nets $8.7M

May 8, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management's latest auction of federal oil and gas leases in Wyoming has generated more than $8.7 million.

Leasing rights on 66 parcels totaling about 85,000 acres were offered at the auction Tuesday. The highest bid per acre was $3,500 per acre for a parcel that went...

Interior head promises fracking rule within weeks

May 6, 2013

The Obama administration plans to unveil new federal regulations for hydraulic fracturing and drilling on public lands within the next few weeks, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said during a teleconference with reporters.

The drilling rule will impose stricter standards on oil and...

BLM seeks to improve production, royalty accountability

May 6, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management is proposing updates to decades-old regulations to more accurately measure oil and gas produced from public lands, an effort aimed at ensuring taxpayers get a fair return on publicly owned minerals.

The agency is collecting public feedback until May 17 on...

Already-completed Ruby Pipeline project to undergo additional BLM analysis

May 6, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management is revising its formal environmental review of an already-built natural gas pipeline project in the wake of a federal appeals court ruling that was highly critical of BLM's and the Fish and Wildlife Service's analysis of the project's impacts.

BLM announced...

BLM finds ‘no significant impact’ in Sutey-Two Shoes land swap

May 2, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its draft environmental assessment of the proposed Sutey-Two Shoes land exchange on Monday, kicking off the final public comment period for the once-controversial swap.

The 286-page BLM report concluded the swap would have no significant...

New BLM rule gives priority to renewable projects over mining claims

April 29, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management announced today that it has finalized a rule allowing it to temporarily withdraw public lands from new mining claims where wind and solar power developers have applied to locate new projects.

The final rule, set to be published tomorrow in the Federal...

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