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BLM plan for central Wyo. doesn't protect sage grouse, say enviros

March 29, 2013

Conservation groups are taking aim at a proposed Bureau of Land Management resource management plan covering millions of acres in central Wyoming that they say fails to adequately protect prime habitat for the imperiled greater sage grouse.

The Biodiversity Conservation Alliance and...

Judge rules largely in favor of Utah on rural roads dispute

March 25, 2013

A federal judge handed a landmark victory to Kane County and the state of Utah on Wednesday in a years-long dispute with the federal government over whether some rural routes should remain in use as roads, or if they should be closed to the public.

In two decisions, U.S. District Judge...

Obama to scrap Bush-era oil shale royalty rule

March 25, 2013

The Obama administration today will propose withdrawing a George W. Bush administration royalty rule designed to encourage the development of oil shale reserves in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah, a move that is likely to draw support from conservationists and some local officials who feared the rate...

Public comment extended for Owyhee Wilderness Plan

March 25, 2013

At the request of the Owyhee County Commission, the Bureau of Land Management’s Boise and Twin Falls districts are extending the public comment period for the Draft Wilderness and Wild and Scenic River Management Plan through May 31.

The Draft WMP addresses six wilderness areas and 16...

Settlement to remove wild mustangs from Wyo. grazing lands riles mustang advocates

March 25, 2013

For more than three decades, the Rock Springs Grazing Association had agreed to allow up to 500 wild horses to roam free among herds of cattle it grazes on a checkerboard of public and private lands in southwest Wyoming.

But as numbers swelled into the thousands, the horses degraded the...

BLM advances plan to promote development in Colo. solar zone

March 22, 2013

The Obama administration is asking the solar power industry to submit proposals for large-scale projects inside two designated solar energy zones in southern Colorado, a region considered to have some of the nation's best solar-energy potential.

The Bureau of Land Management today...

Enviros, industry gird for Senate amendments on pipeline, EPA regs, more

March 20, 2013

The Senate is preparing for a marathon series of votes on budget amendments this week, with Republicans expected to press for roll calls on measures aimed at approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, blocking U.S. EPA climate change rules, ending renewable energy tax credits and expanding oil...

White House finishes review of BLM royalty rule

March 20, 2013

The White House this month finished its review of a draft Interior Department rule governing future royalty rates for oil shale in the Rocky Mountains, a sign that the long-delayed proposal may soon be released.

The rule springs from a lawsuit filed years ago by environmentalists...

Unlikely coalitions form to buy out mineral leases from energy companies

March 20, 2013

Environmentalists are joining forces with a seemingly unlikely coalition of ranchers, hunters and rich landowners to try to buy out the mineral leases that oil and gas companies purchase from the federal government on public lands.

In the past, environmentalists have bought out landowners...

Utah public lands legislation puts federal control in cross hairs

March 20, 2013

The anti-federal theme that characterized much of the 2013 session reached far into the natural resources arena. The Legislature passed several bills and resolutions affirming state and local "sovereignty" over public lands, forests, water rights, endangered species and law enforcement.


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