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Concerns about Gateway West route could lead to smaller project

April 29, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management this week plans to unveil the final environmental review of the nearly 1,000-mile-long Gateway West Transmission Line Project, a regulatory milestone for a project the Obama administration has made a top priority.

But the final environmental impact statement...

Greater sage grouse needs open space to survive, thrive, says study

April 24, 2013

The imperiled greater sage grouse needs miles of uninterrupted sagebrush steppe with little nearby human activity to survive, according to a new federal study that also notes that land managers do not have adequate regulations in place to preserve critical areas.

The study, conducted by...

Feds release EA of big Utah land swap

April 24, 2013

A long-anticipated land exchange between the state and federal governments lurched a little closer toward the finish line Monday with the release of a draft environmental assessment of a proposed deal that would give the Bureau of Land Management nearly 46,000 of state acres with conservation...

Obama admin backs wilderness bill, cites concerns with streamlined grazing

April 24, 2013

The Obama administration yesterday said it generally approves of a bill to convey lands in western Nevada to support a copper mine in exchange for the designation of 48,000 acres of wilderness but said it still has concerns with a bill to streamline the permitting of grazing on public lands....

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...

Lawsuit calls BLM's analysis of Nevada project 'one-sided and incomplete'

April 19, 2013

Environmentalists and three Nevada residents are suing the Interior Department over its approval of the Searchlight Wind Energy Project, arguing the wind farm would sit in an area of the Mojave Desert that would cause widespread damage to sensitive wildlife habitat.

Two groups -- Basin...

Lease broker nominated majority of leases in Colo. North Fork

April 17, 2013

A Denver-based company that leases federal lands on behalf of other oil and gas companies nominated the majority of 30,000 acres that was once slated for auction in Colorado's North Fork Valley, according to documents released yesterday by the Bureau of Land Management.

BLM made the...

BLM won't appeal ruling forcing disclosure of Colo. leases

April 17, 2013

The Interior Department will not appeal a ruling by a federal court in Denver forcing the agency to disclose the names of companies that nominated lands for drilling in Colorado's North Fork Valley, a spokeswoman said.

The agency's Bureau of Land Management will submit the names of the...

As ozone increases, so do doctor visits for residents in Wyo. county

April 17, 2013

A new health study has found that spikes in ground-level ozone concentrations in a heavily drilled county in west-central Wyoming result in more people visiting doctor's offices with respiratory complaints.

The 32-page study, conducted primarily by researchers with the Centers for Disease...

Colo. county calls for appeal of BLM's Thompson Divide decision

April 15, 2013

Pitkin County commissioners are the first local government out of the gate with an administrative appeal of the recent U.S. Bureau of Land Management's lease-suspension decision concerning natural-gas drilling on public lands in the Thompson Divide area.

That same day, the BLM's Colorado...

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