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The BLM’s Proposed Fracking Regulation

June 25, 2012
The BLM has proposed a new rule regulating fracking. Is it too little too late or bureaucratic overkill?
High Park Fire

Putting the West on a low carb(on) diet

June 24, 2012
At this year's annual summer conference at the University of Colorado Law School--“A Low Carbon Energy Blueprint for the American West”--...
Lesser prairie-chicken

Debate over dunes sagebrush lizard, lesser prairie-chicken raises the...

June 12, 2012
It’s spring on the prairie. Among the bird calls, you hear a sound like water bubbling over stones in a river. But there is no river. Instead, this...
Rafting the Colorado

Water to the people: Reforming Colorado law in the public interest

June 2, 2012
Water is our deliverance in the West, but it can also imprisons us, and establishing a new give-and-take that considers the public foremost will not...
Horseshoe Canyon

Debate over what makes a road rages on in Utah

May 14, 2012
A debate that’s spanned a decade in Utah, and may soon come to a head, could make hard-to-reach places more accessible to the masses by leveling,...
Pawnee Buttes

Little grousing on the prairie

April 28, 2012
With a growing interest in drilling into the PNG, I was curious about whether or not the agencies tasked with protecting and leasing it consider the...

Recent federal court decision strips EPA of its veto power on 404...

March 28, 2012
A recent federal court ruling turns upside down Mark Squillace's understanding of Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act.
Energy, Water, Wildlife

Who let the cats out? Brigham court chases its tail to avoid “absurd...

March 24, 2012
Andrew Ogden writes about how one of this country's oldest conservation laws is being wrongly-interpreted by one federal court, putting...
Southwestern Willow Flycatcher nest

Wildlife on working lands gets a leg up

March 11, 2012
Rural landowners in the West, and in several states back East, just got a big incentive to protect seven vulnerable species on their property....
Oil pumps

Talking oil and gas on public lands, and the role of small business

March 7, 2012
NRLC director, Mark Squillace, testifies before a Congressional subcommittee on opportunities for small businesses to participate in federal oil and...
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