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Conservation groups oppose another round of Wyoming Range leases

April 19, 2013

Wyoming and out-of-state citizens and conservation groups rallied to buy out a series of oil and gas leases in the Wyoming Range late last year, but the fight to stop oil and gas exploration in the area is far from over.

The U.S. Forest Service could this fall release an environmental...

Lease broker nominated majority of leases in Colo. North Fork

April 17, 2013

A Denver-based company that leases federal lands on behalf of other oil and gas companies nominated the majority of 30,000 acres that was once slated for auction in Colorado's North Fork Valley, according to documents released yesterday by the Bureau of Land Management.

BLM made the...

U.S., Mexico deal aims to renew parched Colorado River Delta

April 17, 2013

After decades of dismay in Mexico over the state of the delta, there is reason for some optimism. An amendment to a seven-decades-old treaty between the United States and Mexico, called Minute 319, will send water down the river once again and support efforts to restore native habitat and...

O&G companies urged to clean, reuse drilling muck

April 17, 2013

While Colorado's drilling boom produces record amounts of gas and oil, the multiplying wells also are bringing up far greater quantities of a salty, toxic liquid waste — 15 billion gallons a year.

If cleaned properly, all that liquid could become safe water to restore rivers, irrigate...

BLM won't appeal ruling forcing disclosure of Colo. leases

April 17, 2013

The Interior Department will not appeal a ruling by a federal court in Denver forcing the agency to disclose the names of companies that nominated lands for drilling in Colorado's North Fork Valley, a spokeswoman said.

The agency's Bureau of Land Management will submit the names of the...

Amid investigation, coal exports at record levels

April 17, 2013

From the time coal is scooped from the depths of the Spring Creek strip mine in Montana’s wide-open Powder River Basin until it travels more than 6,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean to power plants in South Korea, the price can increase more than fivefold.

Mining companies, however, are...

Appropriators fret over NPS budget woes

April 17, 2013

Worries on both sides of the aisle about the National Park Service's financial health surfaced today during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing.

Democrats focused on how sequestration is affecting agency operations, from the required furloughs of U.S. Park Police officers to the...

Yellowstone gets donations to pay for projects

April 16, 2013

The Yellowstone Park Foundation is donating $600,000 for projects in Yellowstone National Park.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports in a story published Sunday the money will be used for 12 projects selected for this spring’s grant cycle.

Yellowstone National Park saw its budget...

Forest Service plans forums next week on ski resorts, water

April 15, 2013

The U.S. Forest Service has scheduled public meetings next week as it works to craft a rule addressing ski resorts and water.

Dozens of resorts with permits to operate on national forests have bought or acquired rights to use nearby bodies of water for snowmaking. The Forest Service had...

Colo. county calls for appeal of BLM's Thompson Divide decision

April 15, 2013

Pitkin County commissioners are the first local government out of the gate with an administrative appeal of the recent U.S. Bureau of Land Management's lease-suspension decision concerning natural-gas drilling on public lands in the Thompson Divide area.

That same day, the BLM's Colorado...

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