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Plan to streamline solar development in West OK'd

October 15, 2012

Federal officials on Friday approved a plan that sets aside 445 square miles of public land for the development of large-scale solar power plants, cementing a new government approach to renewable energy development in the West after years of delays and false starts.

The plan replaces the...

Meetings set on Missouri River Breaks water rights

October 10, 2012

Public meetings on the draft water agreement for two tributaries in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument that support cottonwood forests are scheduled Thursday in Winifred and Stanford.

The draft compact provides protections for the habitats outlined in the monument...

BLM releases preferred route for Gateway West

October 4, 2012

The federal agency reviewing the Gateway West Transmission Line project has announced its preferences for the route.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has selected its preferred alternative routes for the 1,100-mile high-voltage transmission line. The agency chose from options in a draft...

FWS proposes adding 5 ESA candidates to list

October 3, 2012

The Fish and Wildlife Service plans to designate two cacti, two mussels and a bat as deserving of federal protections under the Endangered Species Act.

Two rare Arizona plants, the acuña cactus and the Fickeisen plains cactus, are proposed to be listed as endangered. The move comes more...

In shadow of Rockies, will candidates mention public lands?

October 2, 2012

Tomorrow night's inaugural presidential debate may seem a logical place for the candidates to discuss the role of federal lands in providing energy, recreation and job opportunities at a time of stubbornly high unemployment.

The debate at the University of Denver takes place in a swing...

Enviros urge coal mine veto in test of Colo. roadless rule

September 27, 2012

Environmental groups filed an appeal this week against the Forest Service after the agency gave its consent to an Arch Coal Inc. mine expansion in a Colorado roadless area.

Last month, officials at the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison national forests agreed to the construction of...

Proposition 120 would give AZ 'control' of federal lands

September 27, 2012

On paper the idea behind Proposition 120 is simple. It would add a section to the Arizona Constitution declaring the "sovereign and exclusive authority over the air, water, public lands, minerals, wildlife and other natural resources within its border."

Central to the idea is frustration...

Tester sportsmen's bill advances easily in Senate

September 25, 2012

A Montana senator's bill to boost hunting and angling opportunities on public lands easily cleared a procedural vote this weekend in the Senate, ensuring it will be the chamber's first order of business when it returns in mid-November.

Sen. Jon Tester's (D-Mont.) S. 3525 would conserve...

BLM opens drilling EAs in Wyo. for public comment

September 21, 2012

The Bureau of Land Management Casper Office on Monday released environmental assessments for three areas in Converse County drawing the interest of oil and gas operators.

The assessments -- triggered by multiple notices of staking and applications for permits to drill -- cover three areas...

Federal appeals court in Colo. hears arguments on energy leases

September 19, 2012

Oil and gas companies asked a federal appeals court Tuesday to force the U.S. Department of Interior to move more quickly on issuing oil and gas leases.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver heard arguments about whether the department’s Bureau of Land Management must issue oil and...

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