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Probe finds no problem in State Department's review of Keystone XL

February 10, 2012

The State Department’s inspector general has found no conflict of interest or improper political influence in the agency’s review of the disputed Keystone XL pipeline project.

But in a report released on Thursday, the official said the department had not adequately weighed concerns about...

BLM proposes more fracking disclosure than most states

February 9, 2012

The Bureau of Land Management has drafted a proposal to require oil and gas producers to publicly disclose their hydraulic fracturing chemicals both before and after they drill on public land.

The proposed rule, sped up when President Obama decided to mention it in his State of the Union...

USFWS, NPS and EPA all oppose coal mine expansion near Utah park

February 7, 2012

Federal biologists say a strip mine at the backdoor to Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park will wipe out the southernmost population of sage grouse, even as their agency resists a broader effort to protect the bird across the West.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is among three federal...

Water diversions to Front Range threaten mountain towns' economies

February 7, 2012

Pitkin County is losing the second-highest amount of water to the Front Range among Colorado's six headwater mountain counties, and the state's thirst soon could suck more from the Aspen area's rivers and streams, a new study has determined. Pitkin County provides an estimated annual average of...

Bill from House Dems would force disclosure of XL exports

February 6, 2012

Partisan tensions over the Keystone XL pipeline today hit another high in the House, as Democrats offered a bill aimed at forcing the GOP to acknowledge that some of the oil the pipeline would carry is bound for export and a senior Republican charged Obama administration officials with blocking...

States pressure Obama admin over logging runoff case

February 6, 2012

State resource management officials and 29 attorneys general are trying to convince the Obama administration to take their side in a dispute now before the Supreme Court over whether stormwater runoff on logging roads requires Clean Water Act permitting.

In December, the high court asked...

EPA official defends Pavillion fracking report

February 3, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in no way contends that a draft report on groundwater pollution in Wyoming could apply to hydraulic fracturing in any other part of the U.S., an EPA official told a U.S. House subcommittee.

That includes the Marcellus Shale, a vast area of booming...

Shale bill advances to House floor

February 2, 2012

The House Natural Resources Committee this morning advanced a bill on a mostly party-line vote that would resurrect a George W. Bush administration plan to promote oil shale development in the West.

The bill (H.R. 3408) from Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), chairman of the panel's Energy and...

EPA extends public comment period on Pavillion fracking report

January 31, 2012

Bowing to requests from state and industry officials, the Environmental Protection Agency will allow more time for public comments on a controversial report that links hydraulic fracturing to Wyoming groundwater contamination and will hold a public peer review meeting in the state.


Congressional panel finds no problems with EPA report on Pavillion water

January 31, 2012

This week, members of Congress received a report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s draft report of the Pavillion groundwater contamination investigation.

EPA’s draft report, issued on December 8, stoked America’s ongoing...

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