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Justices decline to hear 3 enviro, energy cases

February 27, 2013

The Supreme Court today declined to hear a case challenging U.S. Forest Service rules restricting the use of motor vehicles in Eldorado National Forest.

In Public Lands for the People v. U.S. Department of Agriculture, miners and prospectors hoped the court would overturn a 9th U.S....

USFS seeks language for Tongass land swap to preserve old growth

February 24, 2013

The Forest Service today said it is hopeful that language could be added to an Alaska senator's bill to convey lands in the Tongass National Forest that would preserve old-growth trees and support the agency's transition to harvesting second growth.

The Forest Service said Sen. Lisa...

Drilling for high-tech minerals to begin in Montana

February 24, 2013

The federal government has approved an Arkansas company’s plans to drill for rare earth minerals along the Idaho border in Western Montana.

U.S. Rare Earths said Thursday that it will begin core sample drilling in the Sheep Creek area on Lemhi Pass in May. Rare earth minerals are key...

Study finds O&G causing thick ozone in eastern Utah

February 21, 2013

Leaders still aren’t sure what to do about the Uinta Basin’s odd winter ozone problem even though it’s clear now that emissions from the oil and gas industry are causing the pollution.

"There is so much we have learned, but there is so much more we need to learn," said Uintah County...

EPA, N.M. haze deal requires coal-fired power plant's shift to gas

February 19, 2013

New Mexico's largest electricity provider will shutter two coal-fired units and burn natural gas at the San Juan Generating Station in the Four Corners area under a tentative agreement between the state and U.S. EPA over a long-disputed regional haze cleanup plan.

Gov. Susana Martinez (R...

EPA science review confirms ozone/disease link

February 18, 2013

A U.S. EPA science review has reaffirmed that exposure to ozone -- a precursor to smog -- is associated with respiratory and cardiovascular disease and death.

The 1,200-page integrated science assessment, released Friday, is the first update to EPA's ozone review since 2006 and is meant...

Federal approval nears for sprawling Calif. wind project

February 18, 2013

The Obama administration is proposing to significantly reduce the size and energy output of a large-scale wind farm project proposal in Southern California to avoid impacts to golden eagles and endangered condors.

At issue is the Bureau of Land Management's final environmental impact...

Land, Water Conservation Fund bill reintroduced

February 18, 2013

After losing a close effort at the end of last year, U.S. Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester, both Montana Democrats, have again offered a bill to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The program draws money from offshore oil and gas royalties for projects benefiting fish,...

Montana coal to be shipped through Wash. port

February 15, 2013

Gillette-based Cloud Peak Energy Inc. signed a deal to ship up to 16 million metric tons of coal a year through the Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point in Bellingham, Wash., the two companies announced Wednesday.

The coal will be exported to Asia, Colin Marshall, Cloud Peak Energy’s...

Montana tribes partner on biofuel research

February 15, 2013

The small town of Pablo near the base of the Mission Mountains has long been considered a harbinger of land stewardship. As the governmental seat of the Flathead Indian Reservation, the tribal community has harnessed its vast natural resources for a long-standing timber industry while preserving...

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