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Judge denies industry appeal on oil and gas leases in Wyo, Utah

March 15, 2013

A federal appeals court on Tuesday blocked an industry effort to release federal oil and gas leases in two western states.

The decision affirmed a 2011 court decision that backed a Department of Interior order not to issue 118 oil and gas leases in Wyoming and Utah, citing possible...

Obama voices Keystone XL doubts to GOP

March 15, 2013

Jobs numbers and other benefits touted by supporters of the Keystone XL oil pipeline are probably exaggerated, President Barack Obama told House Republicans on Wednesday, according to lawmakers who attended the closed-door meeting.

But Obama did not rule out a decision to approve the $7...

Obama admin placing big bet on small nuclear reactors

March 15, 2013

The Obama administration is promoting a bold, long-range plan for building dozens of small, factory-built reactors capable of replacing coal-fired power plants that are expected to be retired in the coming decades, a Department of Energy official said yesterday.

DOE's effort is aimed at...

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...

DOE proposes restart of controversial uranium program

March 13, 2013

The Department of Energy is proceeding with the planned resumption of leasing federal land for uranium exploration and mining.

DOE's Office of Legacy Management released a draft environmental impact statement for the program last week that identifies continuing with leasing as the...

Clean air bill goes to Utah governor

March 13, 2013

The Senate passed Wednesday a bill to require many government agencies to come up with plans on how they can help reduce air pollution, and then report and evaluate results.

It voted 27-0 to pass HB168, and sent it to Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature. Herbert has endorsed the bill as...

Oil and gas drilling fuels debate over self-government, state interest

March 13, 2013

Colorado residents chafing at the rapidly expanding oil and gas operations along the Front Range are pressuring their local governments for protection from industrial light, noise, vibration and pollution within city limits.

But state officials insist they alone have the right to regulate...

Job-killing EPA regs? Not for manufacturer of emission controls

March 13, 2013

New U.S. EPA air regulations mean business for companies that make pollution-control technologies that other companies like -- at least, that's what execs at those firms are hoping.

Consider Massachusetts-based Eco Power Solutions Inc. It hasn't had a customer since it officially opened...

Groups sue USFS over uranium mine reopening near Grand Canyon

March 12, 2013

The Havasupai Tribe joined three conservation groups yesterday in suing the Forest Service for allowing the reopening of a uranium mine near Grand Canyon National Park.

The groups, including the Center for Biological Diversity and the Grand Canyon Trust, say the agency relied on outdated...

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