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White House finishes review of BLM royalty rule

March 20, 2013

The White House this month finished its review of a draft Interior Department rule governing future royalty rates for oil shale in the Rocky Mountains, a sign that the long-delayed proposal may soon be released.

The rule springs from a lawsuit filed years ago by environmentalists...

Unlikely coalitions form to buy out mineral leases from energy companies

March 20, 2013

Environmentalists are joining forces with a seemingly unlikely coalition of ranchers, hunters and rich landowners to try to buy out the mineral leases that oil and gas companies purchase from the federal government on public lands.

In the past, environmentalists have bought out landowners...

New power plant rule running late, with major changes possible

March 20, 2013

It's looking increasingly likely that U.S. EPA will miss its April 13 deadline to finalize its carbon dioxide rule for new power.

For one thing, the agency has yet to sign off on the rule internally and send it to the Office of Management and Budget to begin a review process that would...

Shale formation in Montana frustrates oil drillers

March 18, 2013

The pessimists are right for now: The Heath oil play cutting a swath across Central Montana is no match for the Bakken. In fact, a handful of companies drilling in this shale formation in Central Montana have all pulled out.

And Montana’s other big energy hope -- using CO2 to coax oil out...

Groups take fight against BLM coal lease to appellate court

March 18, 2013

Environmental groups filed an appeal on March 13 of a federal judge's ruling that upheld the Bureau of Land Management's decision to lease more than 4,000 acres for coal mining in Wyoming.

The groups say U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly's...

Mont. senators pushing for Keystone XL approval

March 18, 2013

Montana Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester continued pressing for approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline on Thursday with a bipartisan bill that would let Congress bypass the president and approve the long-delayed project.

The legislation comes two months after Nebraska opted to let the...

Wyo. releases Upper Green River Basin ozone plan

March 18, 2013

Wyoming’s environmental regulators say they’ll soon start their plan to control pollution woes in a western Wyoming basin, part of an effort to get the area declassified as a trouble zone by federal agencies.

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality announced Thursday it will soon...

USFS head calls for stewardship contracting, warns of sequester impacts

March 15, 2013

Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell yesterday urged Congress to permanently authorize an expiring program that allows proceeds from timber sales to be used for forest restoration, arguing it enjoys broad bipartisan support.

Tidwell said a recovering housing market has generated more demand...

Senate ENR approves bills protecting wilderness, streamlining oil permitting

March 15, 2013

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this morning advanced 19 public lands bills, including measures to designate more than 80,000 acres of wilderness, establish Delaware's first national park, and streamline oil and gas permitting in North Dakota.

All but one of the bills...

Groups take fight against BLM coal lease to appellate court

March 15, 2013

Environmental groups filed an appeal today of a federal judge's ruling that upheld the Bureau of Land Management's decision to lease more than 4,000 acres for coal mining in Wyoming.

The groups say U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly's ruling last...

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