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Coal mine approvals in four states challenged in court

March 5, 2013

WildEarth Guardians, a New Mexico-based wildlife conservation group, filed suit in federal court seeking to overturn government approvals for seven coal mines in four states.

Jeremy Nichols with WildEarth Guardians in Denver said Thursday that the Department of Interior’s approvals were...

Obama picks McCarthy to lead EPA, Moniz for DOE

March 4, 2013

President Obama plans to announce his nomination of U.S. EPA Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy to lead the agency and MIT physicist Ernest Moniz to lead the Department of Energy, a White House official said this morning.

If confirmed by the Senate, the two would play critical roles in...

Cyberattack leaves natural gas pipelines vulnerable to sabotage

March 4, 2013

Cyberspies linked to China’s military targeted nearly two dozen US natural gas pipeline operators over a recent six-month period, stealing information that could be used to sabotage US gas pipelines, according to a restricted US government report and a source familiar with the government...

Uinta Basin ozone should trigger EPA crackdown, groups say

March 4, 2013

Regulators already know they need to crack down on ozone pollution in the Uinta Basin, so why, environmental and health groups ask, are they waiting?

High pollution days this winter, coupled with a scientific report on the basin’s ozone problem, confirm federal standards for protecting...

Alaska senators reintroduce bill to repeal Roadless Rule

March 1, 2013

Calling it a “cookie-cutter” approach that is “stifling the Southeast Alaska economy,” Alaska’s two senators are co-sponsoring legislation to repeal the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule.

The Tongass National Forest for a time was exempt from the rule, but a 2011 federal court ruling...

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...

Data battles muddle solutions for cleaner Utah air

February 27, 2013

War has erupted between clean-air activists and state leaders, with the battleground being the data driving decisions about Utah’s air quality.

In a winter marked by weeks of frigid smog smothering northern Utah’s valleys and by more scratchy throats, stinging eyes and asthma attacks than...

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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