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Obama proposes royalty reform, boost in coal fees

April 15, 2013

President Obama's fiscal 2014 budget blueprint proposes for the first time a royalty on noncoal mining and a new industry fee to pay for cleanup efforts.

Obama for years has called for hardrock mining reform as a way to reduce the deficit and make sure taxpayers are not on the hook for...

Water board puts pinch on Colorado-Big Thompson quota

April 15, 2013

For only the second time in 56 years, the quota set for the Colorado-Big Thompson Project will be limited by how little water is available, rather than based on the demands of the region.

After hearing suggestions from its water users Thursday, the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy...

Industry, enviros spar over proposed N.M. copper-mining water rule

April 15, 2013

A state regulatory panel yesterday began evaluating a proposed rule that would change how copper miners manage groundwater.

The New Mexico Environment Department proposal would let companies contaminate groundwater directly under copper mining sites but require them to pump out and treat...

Release of fracking rule 'imminent', says Interior head

April 12, 2013

Release of a revised rule for regulating hydraulic fracturing on public lands is "imminent," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in his final appearance before Congress as Interior secretary.

"I expect my successor will be announcing it in the very near future," Salazar told the House...

Jewell wins confirmation as Interior secretary

April 12, 2013

By a vote of 87 to 11, the Senate approved Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) chief executive Sally Jewell on Wednesday as the next Interior secretary.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, told his colleagues Wednesday that Jewell had...

Budget seeks mandatory conservation funding, increased O&G fees

April 12, 2013

President Obama's proposed fiscal 2014 budget for the Interior Department would require oil and gas companies to pay more to drill on public lands and waters and for the first time seeks full mandatory funding for the nation's premier conservation program.

Obama's $11.7 billion request...

Groups ask judge to reconsider decision upholding Grand Canyon mining limits

April 11, 2013

Groups opposing the Obama administration's ban on new mining claims on 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon are asking an Arizona federal judge to reconsider his decision last month upholding large-scale land withdrawals.

Arizona U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell ruled...

Water board votes to make 'priority call' on N.M.'s Pecos River

April 11, 2013

A small water agency in southern New Mexico has moved to force state agencies that control water distribution to deprive some users of their supplies.

The local agency, the Carlsbad Irrigation District, or C.I.D., acted to ensure that its alfalfa farmers receive the supplemental...

States to have say on 'blueways' designation for watersheds

April 11, 2013

Wyoming congressional leaders praised outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today for committing to obtain state support before designating watersheds into the National Blueways System program he unveiled last year.

Wyoming Republican Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Rep. Cynthia...

BLM hits pause button on controversial Thompson Divide leases

April 10, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management today announced it is extending the life of about two dozen oil and gas leases set to expire in Colorado's Thompson Divide area, a move designed to buy time for additional environmental reviews and to allow more talks with local groups and governments that oppose...

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