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Pipeline spills stir new criticism of Keystone XL plan

April 5, 2013

Two recent oil pipeline spills have prompted new criticism from opponents of the proposed Keystone XL project, while raising more questions about whether the federal government is adequately monitoring the nation’s vast labyrinth of pipelines.

In recent years, critics have said that the...

N.M. announces program to put veterans to work as wildland firefighters

April 5, 2013

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) today announced a new state program that will train military veterans as wildland firefighters.

The pilot program will recruit 40 veterans, who will be placed on four fire crews available to fight wildfires across the state. The new program is a...

Texas company acquires Thompson Divide leases

April 3, 2013

A Texas-based energy company hoping to drill for natural gas in Thompson Divide recently acquired two leases in that area from Encana Oil & Gas (USA) and has asked federal authorities to “suspend” the leases.

The company, Houston-based SG Interests, submitted the suspension request to...

Copper exploration upstream unnerves Montanans

April 3, 2013

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — In the past three years, Canadian-based Tintina has spent $18 million in exploration costs here, and now boasts that the Black Butte Copper mine is the third highest grade copper deposit in development in North America. To support that claim, the company says it has...

Project planned to improve access through Yellowstone's Gardiner entrance

April 3, 2013

Traffic woes and crowding at the first official gateway to the world’s original national park could be resolved over the next three years, setting the stage for an anticipated celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016. Designed to streamline access into...

Rio Grande NM touted as economic boost for northern N.M.

April 3, 2013

Drivers crossing into town on the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge can't miss the Taos Mesa Brewing Co. a few miles east of the river.

The Quonset hut-style aluminum building is fitted with solar water heaters that shimmer in the bright desert sunlight, catching the eyes of mountain bikers,...

Sen. Udall seeking community support for possible new national monument

April 1, 2013

Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) is once again exploring the possibility of designating a new national monument in a picturesque central Colorado canyon straddling the Arkansas River.

Udall today released a draft bill that proposes to establish the 22,000-acre Browns Canyon National Monument in...

EPA tweaks utility air toxics rule

April 1, 2013

U.S. EPA released tweaks to its final air toxics rule for power plants, as part of a very busy Good Friday regulatory release that also included a long-awaited sulfur emissions rule for gasoline (see related story).

EPA characterized the revision as mostly technical.

The updates to...

Conservation orgs ask BLM to cancel leases atop Roan Plateau

April 1, 2013

Environmental groups are urging the Bureau of Land Management to forbid drilling on western Colorado's Roan Plateau as the agency goes back to the drawing board and re-evaluates its approach to energy development in the region.

Earthjustice submitted a 49-page comment letter to BLM today...

State Senate to consider Idaho's demand for federal land

April 1, 2013

The full state Senate will consider a measure demanding that the federal government cede millions of acres of public forests, backcountry and rangeland to Idaho, on grounds the state can manage it better.

After House Republicans followed his lead, Rep. Lawerence Denney of Midvale on...

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