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BLM reconsidering acreage for oil shale, tar sands

April 18, 2011

The Bureau of Land Management will conduct a “fresh” study to determine how much public acreage to open to potential oil shale and tar sands development, the agency announced Wednesday.

In 2008, under the Bush administration, the agency amended eight area management plans in Utah,...

Budget bill leaves 'wild lands' high and dry

April 12, 2011

The budget deal prohibits the Obama administration from spending federal funds on its proposed Wild Lands initiative.

Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson authored the provision to stop the Bureau of Land Management from carrying out its inventory of public lands with wilderness...

BLM hears both sides at Utah protest on road closures

April 12, 2011

Recapture Canyon is on the outskirts of Blanding and was open to cross-country motorized travel in 2005 when two Blanding men improved a seven-mile trail by adding hillside rock shoulders, fill dirt and pipe culverts to channel springs and runoff.

They did it without a permit and this...

Colorado parks-wildlife bill clears panel

April 6, 2011

A proposal to merge the Colorado Division of Wildlife and Colorado State Parks into a single entity overcame its first hurdle last week when the Agriculture Committee voted unanimously to advance the measure to the full Senate.

Proponents said that the plan to unite the two agencies as...

Tribal leaders ask Congress to cut red tape for energy work

April 6, 2011

Tribal leaders urged lawmakers last week to unravel the red tape that has delayed energy development on American Indian land."We want development of our natural resources. Nevertheless, we've been held back for many reasons," Navajo Nation president Ben Shelly told the House natural resource...

BLM leasing reforms draw cheers, jeers, lawsuits

March 27, 2011

A suite of Interior Department reforms designed to head off conflicts over where and how it allows oil and gas development on public lands has earned high marks from environmental groups and recreational outfitters but has sparked lawsuits from industry and Utah counties.

The reforms...

Industry sitting on 7,200 drilling permits

March 27, 2011

The oil and gas industry has nearly 7,200 permits to drill on public lands that it has yet to use, according to Bureau of Land Management data obtained by Greenwire.

The unused, but still valid, drilling permits paint a starkly different picture from what industry and some in Congress...

Missoula audience scrutinizes Forest Service's proposed planning rule

March 24, 2011

It's a little like changing the shape of the strike zone in baseball, or the allowable deductions on your income tax form. A proposed planning rule for all U.S. Forest Service activity is both deeply wonky and game-changing.

The draft rule spreads fine print from page 8,480 to page 8,528...

First lawsuit to challenge new wilderness rules filed

March 24, 2011

With the U.S. Department of Interior considering new wilderness protections for potentially millions of acres of public lands, a coalition of Utah counties filed a lawsuit this week accusing federal officials of overreaching their authority and threatening the state’s economy.

The Utah...

Interior opens federal land for mining coal that could be exported to Asia

March 23, 2011

The country's top coal-producing state just got the green light to expand mining in a region that could fuel Asian coal markets in the future.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar yesterday announced that the Bureau of Land Management will open up four large tracts in the Powder River Basin...

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