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Taking over public lands a tough, complex task in Utah

November 19, 2012

The Utah Legislature’s controversial plan to transfer millions of federal acres of mountains, desert and grasslands to the state will be extremely complicated to implement and could threaten revenue from the federal government now flowing into the state, according to a new study.


Climate change puts growing stress on Western grazing lands

November 19, 2012

A team of researchers is calling on policymakers to instate measures that would curb grazing by domestic and wild animals on Western public lands.

The eight researchers published a report today in Environmental Management recommending that the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest...

FWP seeks comment on Spotted Dog grazing proposal

November 5, 2012

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking public comment on a proposal to extend the Rock Creek Cattle Co.'s privilege to graze cattle on Spotted Dog Wildlife Management Area near Avon through Dec. 31, 2013.

In September 2010, the Rock Creek Cattle Company (RCCC) sold 27,616 acres to...

BLM seeks comments on proposed Anadarko oil field expansion in Wyo.

November 3, 2012

Anadarko Petroleum is looking to drill 125 wells in an existing oil field in southern Wyoming, nearly doubling the project’s size.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is seeking public input on a proposed expansion in the Patrick Draw Field, a 190-well field east of Rock Springs.


Regulators release draft evaluation of rerouted Keystone XL pipeline

November 1, 2012

Environmental officials in Nebraska have released their preliminary review of a plan to modify the route of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, concluding that the changes would allow the pipeline to avoid sensitive topography and would ease concerns about potential groundwater...

Downstream users trouble over shale drilling and Colorado River supply, quality

November 1, 2012

Communities across the West are demanding limits on oil shale drilling along the Colorado River over concerns the thirst for oil could lead to polluted water supplies for millions of people.

The worries have prompted proposals to limit acreage available for leasing.

Officials in...

Drilling plan near Thompson Divide roils locals

October 29, 2012

SG Interests of Houston last week filed its first, formal application for a permit to drill (APD) a single gas well in the Thompson Divide area.

The lease and proposed well site is located above Four Mile Park on Beaver Creek, due south of Williams Peak and about a mile and a half...

FWS removes female Mexican wolf from wild despite protests

October 13, 2012

For the first time in four years, the Fish and Wildlife Service yesterday removed a Mexican wolf from the species' recovery zone for killing livestock, sparking the ire of environmental groups.

Agency officials said the alpha female, the mother of five pups, had preyed on livestock four...

EPA has failed to fully tackle industrial polluters, says GAO

October 13, 2012

U.S. EPA likely has not been cracking down on industrial water pollution as hard as it should have, due to a flawed process for reviewing effluent guidelines, a government watchdog agency said yesterday.

The two-phase process EPA uses to decide which guidelines to review means the...

Voluntary ESA agreements gain traction at FWS

October 5, 2012

When the dunes sagebrush lizard crept off the endangered species list this summer, it gave new hope to landowners who would like to avoid endangered species regulations for other rare critters on their property.

The Fish and Wildlife Service made the unusual decision last June to withdraw...

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