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Enviro group appeals BLM decision to extend Colo. leases

May 10, 2013

A Colorado environmental group yesterday appealed the Bureau of Land Management's decision last month to extend more than two dozen leases in the state's rugged Thompson Divide area, arguing the agency should have let the leases expire.

Earthjustice, representing the Carbondale-based...

BLM Wyoming's oil, gas lease auction nets $8.7M

May 8, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management's latest auction of federal oil and gas leases in Wyoming has generated more than $8.7 million.

Leasing rights on 66 parcels totaling about 85,000 acres were offered at the auction Tuesday. The highest bid per acre was $3,500 per acre for a parcel that went...

Coal mine smoldering poses fire risk in SW Colo.

May 8, 2013

At least seven coal fires are smoldering near the site of a wildfire that burned 10,000 acres in southwestern Colorado last year.

Coal fires are not uncommon and can burn for decades underground without ever producing open flames. But the number of fires near the mountain concerns state...

Spread of hydrofracking could strain water resources in West, study finds

May 8, 2013

The rapid expansion of hydraulic fracturing to retrieve once-inaccessible reservoirs of oil and gas could put pressure on already-stressed water resources from the suburbs of Fort Worth to western Colorado, according to a new report from a nonprofit group that advises investors about companies’...

Interior head promises fracking rule within weeks

May 6, 2013

The Obama administration plans to unveil new federal regulations for hydraulic fracturing and drilling on public lands within the next few weeks, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said during a teleconference with reporters.

The drilling rule will impose stricter standards on oil and...

Navajo Nation OKs coal plant extension

May 6, 2013

The Navajo Nation’s approval of a lease extension for a coal-fired power plant on the reservation came after hours of contentious debate and a slew of amendments.

The legislation signed by tribal President Ben Shelly on Tuesday extends the lease from 2019 to 2044 and boosts yearly...

BLM seeks to improve production, royalty accountability

May 6, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management is proposing updates to decades-old regulations to more accurately measure oil and gas produced from public lands, an effort aimed at ensuring taxpayers get a fair return on publicly owned minerals.

The agency is collecting public feedback until May 17 on...

Already-completed Ruby Pipeline project to undergo additional BLM analysis

May 6, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management is revising its formal environmental review of an already-built natural gas pipeline project in the wake of a federal appeals court ruling that was highly critical of BLM's and the Fish and Wildlife Service's analysis of the project's impacts.

BLM announced...

USGS: 7.4 Billion Barrels of Oil Possible in North Dakota, Montana

May 3, 2013

Government data released Tuesday show that 7.4 billion barrels of oil could be recovered from two massive shale formations spanning parts of the Dakotas and Montana, nearly double the amount previously estimated for the region.

The new number from the U.S. Geological Survey is based on...

Mont. commission opposes proposed EPA rules on greenhouse gases

May 2, 2013

Montana's Public Service Commission says it opposes proposed federal rules to restrict greenhouse gas emissions for new power plants.

The PSC said in a statement Monday that it sent the Environmental Protection Agency a letter urging the agency to withdraw its proposed rules for new...

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