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Wolf killing ban sought for land between...

May 21, 2013
A conservation group is asking the National Park Service to eliminate potential wolf hunting in the 24,000-acre Rockefeller Parkway between Yellowstone and Grand Teton parks. The National Parks Conservation Association is petitioning the agency to launch a “rulemaking process” to review which...

BLM moves Ariz.'s largest wind-power project...

May 21, 2013
The Bureau of Land Management announced today that it has completed a years-long environmental review of what would become the largest wind power project in Arizona, covering nearly 40,000 acres of public land. Houston-based BP Wind Energy North America Inc.'s proposed 500-megawatt Mohave County...

New BLM fracking rule might defer to some state...

May 21, 2013
The Interior Department proposed a hydraulic fracturing rule today that would allow states to propose their own standards for the controversial oil and gas production technique if they can prove their regulations are as strong as federal rules. The revised draft rules released by the Bureau of Land...

As drilling grows, Colo. records first-ever high...

May 21, 2013
Colorado regulators this year have measured elevated wintertime ground-level ozone levels for the first time, prompting an environmental group to petition the Bureau of Land Management to halt all new oil and natural gas drilling on federal lands in northwest Colorado where the pollution was...

BLM proposes to open Utah lands for tar sands...

May 21, 2013
Utah is home to an estimated 55 percent of the country's tar sands deposits that are concentrated in eight major areas suspected to hold more than 32 billion barrels of oil, the Department of Energy says. The Bureau of Land Management is now proposing to make 26,402 tracts of that land at Asphalt...

Silvery minnow faces cruel, cruel summer on...

May 21, 2013
With flows on the Middle Rio Grande in central New Mexico expected to slow to a trickle this summer, the endangered silvery minnow is facing one of its worst years ever. Farms and cities in the Middle Rio Grande Valley that rely on the river are also bracing for low flows. Under a 2003 plan from...

Feds join forces on Rio Grande cleanup,...

May 21, 2013
It's usually the Rio Grande's waning flow that gets the most attention from environmentalists and regulators, but water quality is also a big problem, officials made clear at a pair of meetings here yesterday. At an afternoon event along an urbanized stretch of the Middle Rio Grande here, regional...

Most states show decreases in CO2 emissions

May 21, 2013
Carbon dioxide emissions from energy use declined in the majority of states between 2000 and 2010, according to an analysis released yesterday by the Department of Energy. Led by big percentage decreases in CO2 emissions in Delaware, the District of Columbia, New York and Maine, states' overall...

Warm spring temps shrank Rockies snowpack over...

May 21, 2013
When a Denver resident turns on the sprinkler in midsummer, it applies last winter's Rocky Mountain snowfall to the lawn. In the northern Rockies, that snowmelt fills the Columbia River, whose hydroelectric dams provide power to Seattle residents. Meanwhile, the meltwater flowing into the Colorado...

Wyo. governor unveils energy strategy

May 17, 2013
New rules for baseline water testing, off-site mitigation and reclamation are among the hallmarks of Gov. Matt Mead’s official strategy for energy management in Wyoming. The strategy, much like its preliminary predecessor, breaks down energy policy into four basic subgroups – economic...
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