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Colorado River ranks most endangered by advocacy...

April 19, 2013
American Rivers ranked the Colorado River most endangered due to worsening water deficits. The ranking report identified threats, including proposed projects along Colorado's Front Range that the group estimates would siphon 300,000 acre-feet more from the river and its tributaries. An acre-foot...

Lawsuit calls BLM's analysis of Nevada...

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 and Range...

Conservation groups oppose another round of...

April 19, 2013
Wyoming and out-of-state citizens and conservation groups rallied to buy out a series of oil and gas leases in the Wyoming Range late last year, but the fight to stop oil and gas exploration in the area is far from over. The U.S. Forest Service could this fall release an environmental analysis of...

Private logging key to improving national forests...

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 sent today to...

Lease broker nominated majority of leases in Colo...

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 documents...

O&G companies urged to clean, reuse drilling...

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 food crops...

BLM won't appeal ruling forcing disclosure...

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 firms today...

U.S., Mexico deal aims to renew parched Colorado...

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 attract...

As ozone increases, so do doctor visits for...

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 Control...

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 only...
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