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BLM opens public comment on geothermal lease in Idaho

February 1, 2011

The BLM has announced a possible geothermal lease on 760 acres about 12 miles south of Malta along the Raft River. The lease nomination is now up for public comment until Feb. 25, after which the BLM will decide whether to allow a lease, and if so, whether any stipulations should be added....

Nevada wants wild horse water use made illegal

February 1, 2011

In a letter addressed to the Division of Water Resources, the wildlife commission asks Jason King, the state engineer, to notify of each federal agency that is responsible for overseeing feral horses and burros that continued use of water "of which there is no designated beneficial use" is in...

Salazar defends wilderness policy as being on 'very solid grounds'

January 30, 2011

Countering recent Republican criticism, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar yesterday said his agency is not undermining Congress by ordering field managers to take stock of wilderness-quality lands across millions of acres in the West.

The Bureau of Land Management's new "wild lands" policy,...

Bill reintroduced to protect 1.6M acres in Calif.

January 27, 2011

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) yesterday introduced a bill to create two new national monuments, expand national parks, designate a quarter-million acres of wilderness, protect four waterways and improve recreation in Southern California.

Feinstein's "California Desert Protection...

BLM soliciting public comments on San Juan Basin transmission project

January 26, 2011

The BLM began taking public comments this week on the proposed San Juan Energy Connect Project
as it plans to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Tri-State has requested a right-of-way (ROW) authorization to construct, operate, and maintain a 230 kilovolt (kV)...

BLM considers 'wild lands' in Wyoming

January 26, 2011

The Bureau of Land Management has identified nearly a quarter-million acres in northwest Wyoming that may have wilderness characteristics and should be studied for possible protection as “wild lands” under the agency’s upcoming revision of its Bighorn Basin resource management plan (RMP).


Studies find high levels of mercury in waters in SW Colorado

January 26, 2011

The amount of mercury in precipitation, soil and wildlife in Southwest Colorado, while not alarmingly high, should be of concern, research recently released by Silverton-based Mountain Studies Institute shows.

Kelly Palmer, a Bureau of Land Management hydrologist, said as a result of the...

BLM proposes rule to curb oil and gas production waste and emissions

January 25, 2011

The Interior Department is developing a new rule seeking to reduce the amount of wasted oil and gas from public lands and rein in a potent source of greenhouse gas emissions.

The rule, proposed last month as part of the Bureau of Land Management's semiannual update to the White House,...

'Wild lands' policy sparks another wilderness debate

January 24, 2011

The Department of the Interior wants to make sure that public lands that could one day be protected as wilderness remain just as pristine as they are today.

The “Wild Lands” order that requires the Bureau of Land Management to identify and protect parts of the 245 million acres it manages...

Utah gearing up for push to access roads on federal lands

January 21, 2011

Utah is preparing a lawsuit to seek control of disputed roads crossing federal lands, adding its voice to counties that previously have sued for their own routes, a top adviser to the governor said Wednesday.

Up to now, counties have pushed in court for their own rights to historic routes...

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