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Sheep advocates see prolonged battle over budget rider

January 22, 2012

Wildlife advocates and sheep ranchers are locking horns over a policy rider attached to last month's budget bill that could block Forest Service plans to protect bighorn sheep.

The provision by Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson (R) prohibits the agency from removing domestic sheep that are believed...

Industry scours lesser-known fields in search for next big play

January 22, 2012

With record-low U.S. natural gas prices worrying oil and gas companies that have invested heavily in breakthrough shale plays, the industry is sending drilling to tight oil prospects and resources rich in natural gas liquids -- better investments as crude prices linger near $100 per barrel....

Federal leasing for oil and gas in West at all-time low, API says

January 22, 2012

The Interior Department sold just over 600 new oil and gas leases on public lands in Western states in 2011, the lowest total in at least a quarter-century, according to a new report commissioned by the American Petroleum Institute.

While Interior reported issuing 1,461 leases last year...

BLM seeks public comment on logging thousands of acres in Montana

January 22, 2012

Portions of 11,000 acres of federal lands near Clancy, Unionville and Montana City may be logged to remove trees that are dead and dying due to the mountain pine beetle epidemic.

John Thompson, the Bureau of Land Management’s fire management officer, said the agency is considering doing...

Proposed NOAA transfer will need Congress' help

January 18, 2012

The president's bid to bundle the agency in charge of weather forecasts, fisheries and atmospheric science into the Interior Department would require broad legislative action from Congress, a potential stumbling block in an election year sure to heighten partisan sniping.

Obama's proposal...

President's jobs council recommends 'all in' strategy for energy

January 18, 2012

The Obama administration should open more federal lands to energy development and speed permitting of new pipelines and transmission projects to create jobs and strengthen energy security, according to a panel of business leaders advising the president.

In a report delivered today,...

BLM to use state maps to reduce costs, wildlife impacts

January 17, 2012

The Interior Department said it expects to save money and make better decisions by using digital wildlife and habitat maps available in Montana, Washington and Arizona and others soon to be released across the West.

In a memorandum Friday to employees, Bureau of Land Management Deputy...

Second uranium mine to open near Grand Canyon this year

January 17, 2012

Denison Mines Corp. expects to reopen the Pinenut uranium mine near the Grand Canyon in May, according to a press release detailing company plans today.

The announcement comes days after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar signed a record of decision withdrawing roughly 1 million acres of land...

GOP and allies want to keep Keystone XL pipeline alive beyond Feb. deadline

January 16, 2012

The Obama administration has more than a month left on its legal clock for ruling on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but Republicans and their allies in industry already are preparing to pressure the White House throughout the spring and beyond.

Congressional Republicans are mulling...

Drilling in state park approved by Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission

January 16, 2012

The Parks and Wildlife Commission voted to authorize agency director Rick Cables to negotiate a surface agreement to allow Texas-based Anadarko Petroleum Corp. to drill at a 10-acre section in the most rural part of the park, which sits on the Wattenberg Field.

Advocates of the move say...

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