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Amid investigation, coal exports at record levels

April 17, 2013

From the time coal is scooped from the depths of the Spring Creek strip mine in Montana’s wide-open Powder River Basin until it travels more than 6,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean to power plants in South Korea, the price can increase more than fivefold.

Mining companies, however, are...

Appropriators fret over NPS budget woes

April 17, 2013

Worries on both sides of the aisle about the National Park Service's financial health surfaced today during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing.

Democrats focused on how sequestration is affecting agency operations, from the required furloughs of U.S. Park Police officers to the...

EPA will delay rule limiting carbon emissions from new power plants

April 16, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that it would delay issuance of a new rule limiting emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from new power plants after the electric power industry objected on legal and technical grounds.

The rule, proposed a year ago and...

Navajo debate lease renewal for coal power plant

April 16, 2013

Navajo legislators in Arizona are considering an extension of their lease on a coal-fired power plant, sparking debate in the community.

The new 25-year lease would expire in 2044 and increase payments to the Navajo Nation from $3 million to more than $40 million annually.

But some...

Yellowstone gets donations to pay for projects

April 16, 2013

The Yellowstone Park Foundation is donating $600,000 for projects in Yellowstone National Park.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports in a story published Sunday the money will be used for 12 projects selected for this spring’s grant cycle.

Yellowstone National Park saw its budget...

Utah county adopts state's first sage grouse conservation plan

April 15, 2013

The Box Elder County Commission on Tuesday endorsed a pilot program to poison ravens, remove pinyon and juniper, control noxious cheat grass and prevent fires in a formal bid to deter listing of the sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act.

Federal, state and local officials praised...

Colo. county calls for appeal of BLM's Thompson Divide decision

April 15, 2013

Pitkin County commissioners are the first local government out of the gate with an administrative appeal of the recent U.S. Bureau of Land Management's lease-suspension decision concerning natural-gas drilling on public lands in the Thompson Divide area.

That same day, the BLM's Colorado...

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...

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