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Judges to hear Missouri River Breaks suit claiming inadequate protections

February 7, 2013

Judges with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Tuesday in Seattle in a lawsuit that charges the government with inadequately protecting the Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument in Montana, which was created a dozen years ago for its “spectacular” features.

The...

BLM drops controversial North Fork Valley parcels from lease sale

February 6, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management announced this morning it will remove from its February oil and gas lease sale 20,000 acres in the North Fork Valley in response to protests and criticism from residents.

The BLM received nearly 200 protests from ranchers, wineries, real estate professionals...

Obama chooses Interior Dept. head

February 6, 2013

President Obama has selected Sally Jewell, the chief executive of Recreational Equipment Inc., to lead the Interior Department, White House officials said Wednesday.

If confirmed, Ms. Jewell, a former oil company official and longtime advocate for conservation and outdoor recreation,...

BLM approves coal lease application in western Colo.

February 5, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management signed Friday a final decision to offer 3,157 acres of federal coal reserves in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties in a competitive coal lease sale.

Blue Mountain Energy, Inc., operator of Deserado Mine located seven miles northeast of Rangely, submitted a Lease...

Colorado communities fight energy land leases

February 4, 2013

For a glimpse into the complications of President Obama’s “all of the above” energy policy, follow a curling mountain road through the aspens and into central Colorado’s North Fork Valley, where billboards promote “gently grown” fruits and farmers sell fresh milk and raw honey from pay-what-you-...

BLM snatches up small parcels near Utah's Grand Staircase NM

January 31, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management will take control of eight small parcels of privately owned land in Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in an effort to keep them from being drawn into commercial development.

The 21 acres of land are owned by conservation group Grand Canyon...

BLM pulls sale of 3 drilling parcels near Dinosaur NM

January 31, 2013

The federal Bureau of Land Management has pulled three parcels east of Dinosaur National Monument from an oil and gas lease sale after concerns were raised by the National Park Service and conservation groups.

The agency deferred the three parcels, totaling more than 5,000 acres, for...

Idaho county braces for grazing reductions

January 30, 2013

The four allotments are the first of 75 grazing permit renewals the BLM was ordered to conduct by U.S. District Judge B Lynn Winmill after a lawsuit by Western Watersheds Project, an environmental group that opposes grazing.

Three of the four allotments were not meeting BLM’s Idaho...

A $9 billion bet on Wyoming wind

January 23, 2013

Phil Anschutz — who has made money out of everything from a well explosion to a failing railroad — is looking to wager $9 billion on the fierce winds of Wyoming.

Anschutz's Power Company of Wyoming is seeking to build the nation's largest wind farm and then ship the power to California...

Judge allows wildlife groups to challenge Wyo. drilling project

January 21, 2013

A federal administrative judge last week ruled that conservation groups may challenge a Wyoming natural gas drilling project.

The Wyoming Wildlife Federation and National Wildlife Federation paired to challenge the federal Bureau of Land Management's 2011 decision to approve the Catalina...

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