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Scrutiny rises for royalties paid on U.S. coal exports to Asia

January 18, 2013

Some powerful folks, including Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., would like to know:

Are coal companies on public land using in-house affiliates to buy and ship Western coal to high-priced Asian markets, then paying royalties based on far lower domestic prices?

Ambre Energy Ltd., one of the...

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to leave cabinet position in March

January 16, 2013

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will step down from his cabinet position in the Obama administration and return to Colorado to spend time with his family, his office has confirmed to The Denver Post.

Salazar is expected to broadly announce his departure Wednesday. He has told President...

BLM assessing wild horse sanctuary plan in Nevada

January 12, 2013

Federal land managers have identified a wide range of issues that must be addressed to move forward with a proposal to establish a wild horse ecosanctuary over 820 square miles in northeast Nevada, from the impact on neighboring mustangs, livestock and wildlife to fencing, water supplies and the...

Court showdown likely over Colorado's West Elk coal mine

January 8, 2013

Conservation groups say they will likely go to court to block a coalmine expansion in a roadless area 10 miles west of Paonia. The coal lease expansion paves the way for corporate giant Arch Coal to bulldoze 6.5 miles of road and 48 natural gas drilling pads through 1,700 acres — about three-...

BLM grants right-of-way for controversial water pipeline

January 8, 2013

Las Vegas’ plan to tap billions of gallons of groundwater lurched closer to reality this week after the Bureau of Land Management granted a right of way for a 263-mile pipeline connecting the fast-growing gambling destination with rural basins to the north near the Utah state line.

But...

BLM approves mine expansion in Colo. roadless area

January 3, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management last week approved the expansion of Arch Coal Inc.'s West Elk underground coal mine in what is expected to become a test of the new Colorado roadless rule.

After months of review and appeals by environmentalists, BLM issued a record of decision (ROD) adding...

BLM advancing Nev.'s largest project with tortoise, visual impact protections

December 17, 2012

The Bureau of Land Management has completed its environmental analysis of a proposed wind power project in southeast Nevada that if built would become the Silver State's largest wind farm.

BLM's final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Searchlight Wind Energy Project is not...

Montana businessman an 'enigma' on energy, conservation

December 17, 2012

Although he proposed to his wife on a mountaintop and claims to have hiked more wilderness than any other elected official, Montana's Rep.-elect Steve Daines (R) remains a riddle on some of the Treasure State's most vexing natural resource issues.

The Bozeman, Mont., businessman and...

BLM studying massive Wyo. gas field expansion on mostly public land

December 10, 2012

The Obama administration has taken a major step toward authorizing what could become one of the nation's largest natural gas fields in southern Wyoming that, if built out over the next 15 years, could produce enough natural gas to heat millions of homes a year for decades.

The Bureau of...

Prices of coal exports to Asia not reflected in royalty payments

December 10, 2012

U.S. miners who are booking big profits on coal sales to Asia are enjoying an accounting windfall to boot.

By valuing coal at low domestic prices rather than the much higher price fetched overseas, coal producers can dodge the larger royalty payout when mining federal land.

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