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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...

USFS chief says no change to 'let burn' policy for 2013

March 18, 2013

Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell today said the agency has not changed course on when to allow backcountry wildfires to burn for beneficial purposes, though he did acknowledge that fewer backcountry blazes were allowed to burn last season than in previous years.

Tidwell's remarks come...

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...

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...

Colo. Republican unveils bill to promote U.S. mineral development

March 15, 2013

The chairman of the House Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee announced legislation yesterday that would make it U.S. policy to promote domestic availability and production of key mineral resources.

Colorado Republican Doug Lamborn's measure, H.R. 1603, is one of several recently...

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...

Obama voices Keystone XL doubts to GOP

March 15, 2013

Jobs numbers and other benefits touted by supporters of the Keystone XL oil pipeline are probably exaggerated, President Barack Obama told House Republicans on Wednesday, according to lawmakers who attended the closed-door meeting.

But Obama did not rule out a decision to approve the $7...

Stakes high as Supreme Court weighs intervention in N.M.-Texas dispute

March 13, 2013

By the time the Rio Grande reaches the New Mexico-Texas state line, it's more puddle than river.

Texas blames groundwater pumping in New Mexico for the Rio Grande's sorry condition and has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene and force New Mexico to send more water downstream.

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Tribes, wildlife advocates rally for bison

March 13, 2013

Kill the bills, not the buffalo.

That was the message of many Native American leaders who spoke at the Rally for the Future of Montana’s Buffalo, held Tuesday in the Capitol rotunda.

During this session, legislators have proposed a dozen bills that would affect bison in varying...

NPS to leave open 900 full-time job slots, 1,000 seasonal positions

March 13, 2013

National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis offered the most detailed account to date of how sequestration funding cuts are affecting the agency in a letter to his employees Friday that at times struck an almost apologetic tone.

To meet funding reductions, Jarvis wrote, 900 permanent...

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