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Another Colo. county considers shale-oil timeout

February 15, 2013

Faced with the possibility that La Plata County could see shale-oil-well development for the first time in the coming year, county commissioners explored the possibility of enacting a moratorium on the practice during a work session Wednesday.

Commissioners brought up the possibility of a...

Environmental groups challenge DOI's solar plans

February 15, 2013

A trio of environmental groups are challenging the Department of Interior's establishment of solar energy zones in six southwestern states, including Utah, asserting the federal government failed to contemplate permitting large-scale utlity projects on already developed lands.

"We don't...

U.S. District Court rules agencies must disclose names of potential oil and gas drillers

February 15, 2013

A U.S. District Court in Denver handed down a precedent-setting decision on Wednesday, ruling that the Bureau of Land Management must reveal the names of companies or individuals who are nominating public land for oil and gas drilling.

The order by Judge Richard P. Matsch overturned...

Obama's energy trust doesn't include expanded drilling

February 13, 2013

President Obama's proposed energy trust aimed at weaning the U.S. auto fleet from oil won't require expanded drilling, a White House aide said today.

That is likely to come as a relief for conservationists who have opposed drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and along the...

Bill proposed to speed Mont. wind development

February 13, 2013

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., is teaming with Republican Dean Heller of Nevada on a bill promoting development of renewable energy on public land by streamlining what they say is a slow-moving permitting process.

The Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act will create a leasing...

Colorado oil and gas well setback fight headed to state legislature

February 13, 2013

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission approved 500-foot buffers between new wells and homes on Monday, but the state legislature may have a final say on the issue.

The oil and gas industry opposed the new setback, which will replace a 350-foot rule for urban areas and 150 feet...

Solar companies grapple with hazardous waste disposal

February 12, 2013

olar companies are struggling to deal with the dirtier side of renewable energy technology.

As federal perks have boosted solar panel production, the industry needs to dispose of millions of pounds of polluted sludge and contaminated water. The waste is shipped to disposal facilities...

US investigates coal exports over lawmakers’ concerns, but no royalty violations issued yet

February 12, 2013

The U.S. Department of Interior is investigating whether mining companies are skirting royalty rules as they increase exports of coal to Asia, federal officials disclosed Friday.

No violations have yet been issued, but a newly released report to two U.S. senators says audits of overseas...

Bipartisan lawmakers propose sharing renewable revenues

February 11, 2013

A bipartisan group of Western lawmakers has reintroduced a bill that would establish a new leasing program for wind and solar energy on federal lands and use a portion of revenues to support states, counties and wildlife habitats.

The bills by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Jon Tester...

Judge says USFS should have regulated megaloads

February 11, 2013

A federal judge has sided with environmentalists and ruled the U.S. Forest Service erred by not exercising its regulatory authority when the state allowed huge trucks to haul giant oil refinery equipment along U.S. Highway 12.

U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill issued a decision Thursday...

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