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Groups take fight against BLM coal lease to appellate court

March 18, 2013

Environmental groups filed an appeal on March 13 of a federal judge's ruling that upheld the Bureau of Land Management's decision to lease more than 4,000 acres for coal mining in Wyoming.

The groups say U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly's...

Two new solar power plants approved for federal land in California

March 15, 2013

The Obama administration continued its push to ramp up renewable energy projects on public land, approving three new projects on Wednesday, including what would become the largest solar power plant in the world.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the approvals in San...

Judge extends deadline for BLM to disclose firms that nominated Colo. tracts

March 14, 2013

A federal judge has given the Bureau of Land Management an extra month to release the names of the oil and gas companies that nominated federal lands for leasing in Colorado's North Fork Valley.

The order from U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch in Colorado was not opposed by the...

Bills curbing federal authority gain momentum in Utah

March 7, 2013

HB155, which cleared the House on Monday, is just one of several pieces of legislation this session aimed at limiting or mitigating federal influence in the management of public land, natural resources and endangered species in Utah.

Additional legislation this session aimed at limiting...

BLM made 'significant' efforts to reduce wind project's impacts, says judge

March 5, 2013

A federal court has sided with the Bureau of Land Management and a San Francisco-based wind energy developer, rejecting two lawsuits attempting to stop what would become one of California's largest wind farms on public land.

In the first lawsuit ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo...

BLM releases new management plan for Owyhee Wilderness Areas

March 4, 2013

The public is invited to review and comment on a draft management plan on several public wilderness and scenic river areas in Owyhee County.

The new plan will be used to address the six wilderness areas and 16 wild and scenic river segments for the next 10 years, according to a news...

Sequestration could slow energy leases, reduce revenues

March 1, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management estimates there would be 300 fewer onshore oil and gas leases issued on its lands if budget cuts occur Friday, delaying prospective production from those lease tracts and deferring royalty payments to the treasury.

Likewise, delays in coal leasing will defer...

BLM 'ecoregional assessments' aim to guide energy projects, improve wildlife management

February 27, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management today released the first in a series of in-depth ecological assessments that ultimately will cover more than half a million miles of public lands across the West in an effort to better protect sensitive wildlife habitat and guide energy development.

The first...

Calif. governor fast-tracks reviews on world's largest solar project

February 27, 2013

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) yesterday cleared some environmental hurdles of a solar project that will be the world's biggest.

Brown declared the $1 billion McCoy Solar Project worthy of fast-track approval because it would create jobs, generate clean energy and help the state build...

New Mex. lawmakers offer bill to take back federal lands

February 27, 2013

Three state lawmakers introduced a bill that would give New Mexico control of millions of acres of federally owned land.

The bipartisan bill would allow the state to manage the land. It would also allow the state to keep all the royalties made from developing the land's natural resources...

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