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State Dept: No major objections to Keystone XL Pipeline

March 6, 2013

The State Department today concluded that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline wouldn't significantly influence the pace of development in Alberta's oil sands, dealing a blow to environmentalists seeking to block the project over concerns related to climate change.

State's draft supplemental...

BLM releases new management plan for Owyhee Wilderness Areas

March 4, 2013

The public is invited to review and comment on a draft management plan on several public wilderness and scenic river areas in Owyhee County.

The new plan will be used to address the six wilderness areas and 16 wild and scenic river segments for the next 10 years, according to a news...

BLM's Utah wild horse roundup complete

February 20, 2013

The horses appear over a rise in the Whirlwind Valley, their hooves breaking through a blanket of crusty snow as they run north. The pace alternates between a gallop and canter as they trail a stallion in single file. A gray mare is pregnant and a foal appears to limp as it struggles to keep up...

Bill would double length of grazing permits

February 12, 2013

A Wyoming senator has reintroduced a bill that would double the length of grazing permits on millions of acres of public lands and instruct the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service to issue routine permits more quickly.

Sen. John Barrasso's (R) "Grazing Improvement Act" would also...

BLM drops controversial North Fork Valley parcels from lease sale

February 6, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management announced this morning it will remove from its February oil and gas lease sale 20,000 acres in the North Fork Valley in response to protests and criticism from residents.

The BLM received nearly 200 protests from ranchers, wineries, real estate professionals...

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to leave cabinet position in March

January 16, 2013

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will step down from his cabinet position in the Obama administration and return to Colorado to spend time with his family, his office has confirmed to The Denver Post.

Salazar is expected to broadly announce his departure Wednesday. He has told President...

N.M. appeals court upholds protections for wilderness waterways

January 12, 2013

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has upheld a controversial rule from former Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson's administration that protects waterways within wilderness areas.

The New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association had challenged the 2010 rule, which designated about 700 miles of...

Judge upholds Montana's free-roaming bison plan

January 9, 2013

Montana's decision to let migrating bison roam freely across 70,000 acres outside Yellowstone National Park was upheld by a court ruling Monday that dismissed a pair of lawsuits challenging the policy.

District Judge E. Wayne Phillips issued a 78-page ruling siding with state officials...

Water for uranium: A Faustian bargain at Wyoming ranch?

January 8, 2013

On a lonely stretch at the edge of the Great Plains, rolling grassland presses up against a crowning escarpment called the Pumpkin Buttes. The land appears bountiful, but it is stingy, straining to produce enough sustenance for the herds of cattle and sheep on its arid prairies.

As dry as...

Feds: Delay made Yellowstone River oil spill worse

January 3, 2013

Delays in Exxon Mobil Corp.'s response to a major pipeline break beneath Montana's Yellowstone River made an oil spill far worse than it otherwise would have been, federal regulators said in a new report.

The Yellowstone River watershed includes parts of northern Wyoming.

The July...

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