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EPA, enviros urge Supreme Court to review cross-state rule

April 1, 2013

U.S. EPA and environmental groups today will ask the Supreme Court to review a federal court's ruling from last year that tossed out the agency's rule for air pollution that drifts across state lines.

In August 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit remanded...

With drought season off to a bad start, scientists forecast another bleak year

April 1, 2013

Drought conditions in more than half of the United States have slipped into a pattern that climatologists say is uncomfortably similar to the most severe droughts in recent U.S. history, including the 1930s Dust Bowl and the widespread 1950s drought.

The 2013 drought season is already off...

Water a life-and-death issue for Utah's Snake Valley

March 29, 2013

The Snake Valley doesn’t have a lot of trees. Looking across this expanse bordered by some of Nevada’s highest mountains, it’s not hard to see where the earth gives up its groundwater. Look for trees and willows.

This life-giving stream emerges from the same hidden resource Las Vegas...

USFS signs legacy air tanker contracts to combat wildfires

March 29, 2013

The Forest Service today said it has awarded contracts to two companies for exclusive access to several large air tankers to help it fight wildfires this year.

The eight air tankers, which have been used for years and, in some cases, decades, will join a fleet of hundreds of helicopters...

BLM issues coal lease changes for Colo. West Elk Mine

March 29, 2013

Federal officials have issued two lease modifications allowing Arch Coal Inc.'s West Elk Mine in Gunnison County to expand.

The Bureau of Land Management said Tuesday that the modifications allow for federal coal leasing on about 1,700 more acres next to the mine's existing leases. The...

Beetle-killed forests release less CO2 than previously thought

March 29, 2013

For a while now, scientists have feared that the huge swaths of Western forests killed by pine bark beetles were going to release a massive amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as they decayed.

Now, a new study released in the journal Ecology Letters shows that's not the case....

BLM plan for central Wyo. doesn't protect sage grouse, say enviros

March 29, 2013

Conservation groups are taking aim at a proposed Bureau of Land Management resource management plan covering millions of acres in central Wyoming that they say fails to adequately protect prime habitat for the imperiled greater sage grouse.

The Biodiversity Conservation Alliance and...

USFS finalizes rule to speed logging decisions

March 29, 2013

The Forest Service today released a final rule designed to accelerate the approval of timber sales, restoration projects and other activities on the agency's 193 million acres of forests and grasslands.

Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said the new rule will result in better decisions and...

Exxon may owe $1.7M for 2011 Mont. oil spill

March 29, 2013

Transportation Department regulators yesterday proposed that Exxon Mobil Corp. pay $1.7 million in civil penalties for safety violations related to a ruptured pipeline.

The July 2011 rupture resulted in 63,000 gallons of crude oil spilling into Montana's Yellowstone River, polluting 70...

Keystone XL comments won't be made public, State Department says

March 27, 2013

When the State Department hired a contractor to produce the latest environmental impact statement for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, it asked for a Web-based electronic docket to record public comments as they flowed in each day. Thousands of comments are expected to be filed by people...

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