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Keystone XL comments won't be made public, State Department says

March 27, 2013

When the State Department hired a contractor to produce the latest environmental impact statement for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, it asked for a Web-based electronic docket to record public comments as they flowed in each day. Thousands of comments are expected to be filed by people...

Obama admin unveils climate adaptation plan for natural resources

March 27, 2013

The Obama administration, along with state and tribal partners, today released a national strategy urging land managers and lawmakers to take steps to adapt to the changing climate -- a document heralded by some green groups as the strongest statement yet from the government about the need to...

Grand Teton NP outlines cuts

March 27, 2013

Grand Teton National Park will reach more than half its $700,000 budget cut by hiring fewer seasonal employees, officials said Monday.

Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott laid out specifics for the park’s “sequestration” plan in a conference call. The plan closely resembles tentative...

Utah ruling advances access to public waters crossing private land

March 27, 2013

A 4th District judge has rejected much of the state’s legal reasoning defending a 2010 law that restricts public access to rivers crossing private land, ruling that the public trust doctrine protects recreational use of public waters.

In other words, the state has a constitutional duty to...

N.M. valley farmers resorting to groundwater

March 27, 2013

Farmers in southern New Mexico’s Hatch Valley are struggling their way through the drought by pumping saline water from shallow aquifers.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the farming valleys that stretch across southern New Mexico from Elephant Butte Reservoir to the Texas border are...

Colo. senator introduces Thompson Divide bill

March 27, 2013

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet on Friday introduced the Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Act, offering what the congressman's office termed a “middle-ground solution” to the hotly contested prospect of future gas drilling on the public lands southwest of Carbondale.

The bill would...

Senators back Keystone XL and EPA regs but oppose carbon tax

March 27, 2013

A filibuster-proof majority of senators are now on record supporting the controversial Keystone XL pipeline after a nonbinding but symbolically important series of votes this weekend that also demonstrated resistance to a carbon tax but backing for U.S. EPA rules to limit greenhouse gases and...

Gateway town raises funds to plow Yellowstone NP entrance

March 25, 2013

Yellowstone gateway community members of Cody will plow ahead with their effort to clear Yellowstone National Park’s East Entrance on its traditional opening day of May 3.

The National Park Service postponed the start of spring plowing by two weeks this year to save money amid federal...

Areawide EIS still possible on Northwest coal export proposals

March 25, 2013

The Army Corps of Engineers said yesterday it might still launch a regional or areawide environmental impact statement on the impacts of proposed coal-export shipping terminals in the Pacific Northwest.

For now the agency is doing separate reviews for three of five possible coal terminals...

Judge upholds Grand Canyon mining curbs

March 22, 2013

A federal judge ruled yesterday in favor of the Obama administration's efforts to limit uranium mining on 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon.

U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell in the District of Arizona ruled that while he believes a section of the Federal Land Policy and...

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