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Molybdenum mine on Mount Emmons gets initial...

May 6, 2013
The longest-running mining fight in the West entered a new chapter in April as U.S. Energy won federal approval on a molybdenum-mine plan on Mount Emmons, just outside Crested Butte. The 204-page plan calls for a mine that would produce 12,600 tons of ore per day and operate for 33 years....

EPA to change the way it handles environmental...

May 6, 2013
U.S. EPA plans to change the way it investigates environmental justice complaints, recently releasing two policy papers that address long-standing criticism of the agency's Office of Civil Rights. The papers target so-called Title VI complaints, which are named after a provision in the Civil Rights...

Navajo Nation OKs coal plant extension

May 6, 2013
The Navajo Nation’s approval of a lease extension for a coal-fired power plant on the reservation came after hours of contentious debate and a slew of amendments. The legislation signed by tribal President Ben Shelly on Tuesday extends the lease from 2019 to 2044 and boosts yearly payments to the...

BLM seeks to improve production, royalty...

May 6, 2013
The Bureau of Land Management is proposing updates to decades-old regulations to more accurately measure oil and gas produced from public lands, an effort aimed at ensuring taxpayers get a fair return on publicly owned minerals. The agency is collecting public feedback until May 17 on proposed...

Report recommends steps for managing scarce water...

May 6, 2013
New Mexico will need to manage its increasingly scarce water supplies more carefully and more collaboratively if the state is to have a sustainable future, according to a report commissioned by Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and released today. The report details the need to restore New Mexico's rivers;...

Already-completed Ruby Pipeline project to...

May 6, 2013
The Bureau of Land Management is revising its formal environmental review of an already-built natural gas pipeline project in the wake of a federal appeals court ruling that was highly critical of BLM's and the Fish and Wildlife Service's analysis of the project's impacts. BLM announced today in...

Condor deaths point to failure of mandatory lead-...

May 3, 2013
As California considers an expanded ban on lead hunting ammunition, some key wildlife-management officials are pointing to recent lead-poisoning deaths of endangered California condors as evidence that voluntary measures are more effective in spurring a switch to nonlead bullets. California condors...

States scramble as EPA shifts research monitors...

May 3, 2013
A little-noticed change in U.S. EPA air policy has turned a national pollution-monitoring network that has been providing data to researchers for 22 years into a regulatory tool, leaving states scrambling to figure out the implications. At issue are 90 air monitors in the Clean Air Status and...

USGS: 7.4 Billion Barrels of Oil Possible in...

May 3, 2013
Government data released Tuesday show that 7.4 billion barrels of oil could be recovered from two massive shale formations spanning parts of the Dakotas and Montana, nearly double the amount previously estimated for the region. The new number from the U.S. Geological Survey is based on data largely...

Ariz. rep introduces bill to preserve 1M acres of...

May 2, 2013
Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) last week introduced a bill that would conserve nearly 1 million acres of Sonoran Desert lands, a move aimed at protecting both wildlife habitat and adjacent military bases. Grijalva's H.R. 1799, which encompasses parts of his district and that of Republican Rep. Paul...
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