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Powder River Basin drilling is killing sage...

February 28, 2007
Interior Department officials are realizing too late that increased coalbed methane production in the Powder River Basin is killing off the sage grouse population, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) told the House Natural Resources Committee today. Schweitzer and Gov. Dave Freudenthal (D) of Wyoming...

Western govs seek moratorium on NEPA waivers in...

February 28, 2007
The Western Governors' Association yesterday called on Congress to repeal part of the 2005 Energy Policy Act that allows agencies to issue categorical exclusions for National Environmental Policy Act studies of oil and gas drilling permits in sensitive wildlife habitats.The resolution approved...

Democratic Congress breathes new life into...

February 27, 2007
Last fall, a coalition of 80 environmental groups urged the large conservation community last fall to stop working with the Republican Congress on wilderness bills that included land exchanges or exceptions for certain recreation activities. Their point: With a Democratic takeover of Congress...

Bald eagle delisting muddled by 'disturb...

February 26, 2007
The future of removing protections for the bald eagle under the Endangered Species Act is growing more complicated as the Fish and Wildlife Service attempts to give a clear definition of what it means to disturb the bird.The eagle's population has rebounded from around 400 breeding pairs in the...

Deadly roadkill in Wyoming kills 21 pronghorn

February 17, 2007
Even by Wyoming standards, the scene of a Jan. 15 wildlife-vehicle collision in a Sublette County gas field was shocking. Game warden Brian Nesvik responded to a report of a wildlife accident to find 21 dead or dying pronghorn strewn along an unfenced service road in the Jonah gas field outside...

BLM's plan for Wyo. area attempts to balance...

February 15, 2007
The Bureau of Land Management's long-awaited new management plan for the Pinedale, Wyo., area — one of the most productive natural gas fields in the country — sets aside some areas for various levels of development and others for wildlife habitat. The preferred alternative for the...

Senator Crapo readies new ESA bill

February 15, 2007
Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) plans to introduce legislation within the next two weeks that would give tax incentives to landowners for helping endangered species.  Crapo said Tuesday that the bill is "very close to being ready to introduce." He is finalizing cosponsors and hopes...

Senator Crapo readies new ESA bill

February 15, 2007
Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) plans to introduce legislation within the next two weeks that would give tax incentives to landowners for helping endangered species. Crapo said Tuesday that the bill is "very close to being ready to introduce." He is finalizing cosponsors and hopes to formally...

USFS to approve categorical exclusions for oil...

February 12, 2007
The Forest Service is expected to finalize a rule this week that would let managers streamline environmental studies of small oil and gas drilling projects on national forests and grasslands. In the works since late 2005, the rule would allow the Forest Service to issue categorical exclusions...

Resource, land agencies adjust priorities in...

February 8, 2007
Federal agencies charged with preserving and managing natural resources, public lands and recreation received mixed news this week as part of President Bush's proposed fiscal 2008 budget recommendations. The total $10.7 billion budget proposal for the Department of Interior represents an...
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