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Political pressure limits policing of natural gas drilling

March 7, 2011

When Congress considered whether to regulate more closely the handling of wastes from oil and gas drilling in the 1980s, it turned to the Environmental Protection Agency to research the matter. E.P.A. researchers concluded that some of the drillers’ waste was hazardous and should be tightly...

'Wild Lands' policy would allow limited development, says BLM chief

March 3, 2011

The Bureau of Land Management will consider allowing limited development in areas designated for wilderness protections, the agency director said in an interview yesterday.

"Wild lands" could accommodate rangeland improvements, wildlife-habitat enhancements or mountain biking as long as...

Salazar unveils 10-year plan for wildlife refuges

February 24, 2011

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today unveiled a 10-year vision for the nation's wildlife refuges that aims to protect species, promote wildlife-dependent recreation and connect youth to the outdoors.

The draft plan, "Conserving the Future: Wildlife Refuges and the Next Generation,"...

Feds recommend 'time-out' in uranium mining near Grand Canyon

February 21, 2011

The U.S. Department of Interior has outlined four proposals to address mining around the Grand Canyon, including one that would ban any new claims on 1 million acres for 20 years.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar temporarily blocked new claims on the same land in 2009 while the department...

National Landscape Conservation System unnecessary says Utah rep

February 17, 2011

Environmentalists and public-land users blasted a proposal Wednesday by a Utah congressman that would stop funding the National Landscape Conservation System, warning such a move would cut money for special lands such as Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and possibly close some...

Outdoors, tourism leaders lend support to 'wild lands' policy

February 15, 2011

Leading figures in the outdoor recreation and tourism industries pitched their support last week for an Interior Department policy to inventory roadless lands and consider designating interim protections.

The Bureau of Land Management's "wild lands" policy announced in late December has...

Western states mull legal action over BLM wilderness policy

February 14, 2011

Utah and Wyoming counties are considering a legal challenge to an Interior Department policy ordering field personnel to inventory roadless lands and consider interim protections.

The counties, backed by the state of Utah, are meeting in Salt Lake City today to discuss strategies for...

'Solar Energy Zones' Focus of Public Meetings in Washington, DC and Six Western States

February 3, 2011

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today announced a schedule of public meetings to gather comments on a comprehensive environmental analysis that has identified proposed ‘solar energy zones’ on public lands in the west most suitable for environmentally...

Concerning wilderness, Utah county says enough

February 2, 2011

Iron County, Utah commissioners say their area has enough wilderness. And they want the planning commission to amend the county’s general plan to reflect their opposition to any new policies that restrict development of resources in the county under the label of wild spaces.

The...

BLM proposes contraception for McCullough mustangs

February 1, 2011

The Bureau of Land Management wants to conduct another birth control program for McCullough Peaks wild horses in northern Wyoming.

The BLM proposal would provide birth control for at least the next five years to help control the size of the herd. The birth control would be administered...

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