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Regulators seek more information on Otter Creek coal mine proposal

April 22, 2013

Montana environmental regulators want more information on a proposed Otter Creek coal mine after finding deficiencies in an application for the project.

St. Louis-based Arch Coal Inc. is proposing a mine that would extract up to 20 million tons of coal a year from state-owned and private...

USFS buys more land to add to Lewis and Clark NF

April 19, 2013

The U.S. Forest Service, partnering with not-for-profit organizations, has purchased an additional 2,360 acres of land in the Tenderfoot Creek drainage northwest of White Sulphur Springs in an ongoing effort to protect wildlife habitat and ensure public access.

The Forest Service has...

'There's a growing disconnect between people and nature', says Jewell

April 19, 2013

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell last night said she's looking forward to introducing more Americans to the national parks, warning that there is a "growing disconnect" between people and nature.

Jewell spoke to hundreds of people at the National Parks Conservation Association's annual...

Lawsuit calls BLM's analysis of Nevada project 'one-sided and incomplete'

April 19, 2013

Environmentalists and three Nevada residents are suing the Interior Department over its approval of the Searchlight Wind Energy Project, arguing the wind farm would sit in an area of the Mojave Desert that would cause widespread damage to sensitive wildlife habitat.

Two groups -- Basin...

Private logging key to improving national forests, say Western governors

April 19, 2013

The Western Governors' Association wants the Forest Service to expand the use of public-private partnerships in an effort to help restore environmentally stressed national forestlands that in recent years have been plagued by drought, climate change and wildfires.

In a two-page letter...

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...

As ozone increases, so do doctor visits for residents in Wyo. county

April 17, 2013

A new health study has found that spikes in ground-level ozone concentrations in a heavily drilled county in west-central Wyoming result in more people visiting doctor's offices with respiratory complaints.

The 32-page study, conducted primarily by researchers with the Centers for Disease...

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