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For farms in the West, oil wells are thirsty rivals

September 7, 2012

A new race for water is rippling through the drought-scorched heartland, pitting farmers against oil and gas interests, driven by new drilling techniques that use powerful streams of water, sand and chemicals to crack the ground and release stores of oil and gas.

A single such well can...

TransCanada tweaks pipeline route to avoid sensitive Neb. terrain

September 7, 2012

The company behind a multibillion-dollar oil pipeline today announced changes to its planned route through Nebraska to avoid sensitive landscapes and potential groundwater contamination.

Maps of TransCanada's proposed changes to the Keystone XL pipeline's route through Nebraska were not...

9th Circuit upholds Yellowstone bison slaughter

September 5, 2012

An appeals court has upheld the federal government's ability to slaughter hundreds of wild bison that are captured after they leave Yellowstone National Park.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the National Park Service has the discretion to manage the Yellowstone...

Oregon and Washington want to manage wolves on their own

September 4, 2012

As wolves reintroduced into the Northern Rockies push west through the Cascade Range, the states of Oregon and Washington are telling the federal government they can handle it from here, thanks.

Both states have already taken over the hard part, riding herd on the conflict between wolves...

Markey wants answers from EPA on bee die-offs

August 23, 2012

A senior House Democrat today asked U.S. EPA what it is doing to address possible links between pesticide use and the decline in honeybee populations.

Rep. Edward Markey (Mass.) argued that several European countries have already taken steps to address possible risks posed by...

Wyo. game department urges ranchers to water wildlife

August 17, 2012

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is urging ranchers and other landowners to consider leaving water in their tanks to help wildlife in the current drought even after they move their livestock off the land.

Laramie Game Warden Bill Haley says many areas inhabited by wildlife are now...

Water rights deal to be signed between Utah and tribe

August 16, 2012

Gov. Gary Herbert and a Native American tribe will sign a memorandum of understanding Wednesday that binds them together in an attempt to secure water rights for the group in western Utah.

The Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation hopes the agreement between its approximately 500...

Groups file lawsuit challenging new forest service planning rule

August 15, 2012

More than a dozen logging, ranching and off-highway vehicle (OHV) groups yesterday filed a lawsuit challenging the Forest Service's new planning rule, the latest move in a decadelong legal battle over management of the nation's 193 million acres of forests and grasslands.

The complaint...

Nevada water could land in U.S. Supreme Court

August 8, 2012

Las Vegas isn’t nearly done with Snake Valley — or its water.

The issue of whether groundwater in the arid Snake Valley that straddles the Utah-Nevada line can be pumped and piped to Las Vegas could land before the U.S. Supreme Court.

In an email to Southern Nevada Water Authority...

22 House Dems ask Obama admin to start over on Keystone XL review

August 3, 2012

Twenty-two House Democrats yesterday asked the Obama administration to abandon what they slammed as its "flawed" 2011 review of the Keystone XL pipeline and to conduct a new environmental study that "does not presuppose the development" of heavy Canadian oil regardless of whether the project is...

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