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Groups sue BLM over grazing in Ariz. national monument

May 24, 2013

Two environmental groups yesterday filed a lawsuit in a federal district court challenging the Bureau of Land Management's decision to allow livestock grazing in a half-million-acre national monument in Arizona, claiming the decision was based on a "deeply flawed pseudoscientific analysis."...

Groups urge BLM to revise policy for keeping O&G lease nominations secret

May 23, 2013

Environmental groups today urged the Bureau of Land Management to overturn its decades-old policy of keeping secret the names of companies that nominate public lands for oil and gas leasing.

The letter to Neil Kornze, BLM's principal deputy director, is a sign that environmentalists...

Experts say more funding, coordination needed to battle infestations

May 22, 2013

Invasive weeds will infest more than 100 million acres of public lands by 2017 if the federal government does not pick up its pace tackling the problem, a weed scientist warned lawmakers yesterday.

Federal agencies treated 3.2 percent of public land infested with invasive weeds in 2009...

BLM moves Ariz.'s largest wind-power project closer to approval

May 21, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management announced today that it has completed a years-long environmental review of what would become the largest wind power project in Arizona, covering nearly 40,000 acres of public land.

Houston-based BP Wind Energy North America Inc.'s proposed 500-megawatt Mohave...

New BLM fracking rule might defer to some state regs

May 21, 2013

The Interior Department proposed a hydraulic fracturing rule today that would allow states to propose their own standards for the controversial oil and gas production technique if they can prove their regulations are as strong as federal rules.

The revised draft rules released by the...

As drilling grows, Colo. records first-ever high wintertime ozone levels

May 21, 2013

Colorado regulators this year have measured elevated wintertime ground-level ozone levels for the first time, prompting an environmental group to petition the Bureau of Land Management to halt all new oil and natural gas drilling on federal lands in northwest Colorado where the pollution was...

BLM proposes to open Utah lands for tar sands development

May 21, 2013

Utah is home to an estimated 55 percent of the country's tar sands deposits that are concentrated in eight major areas suspected to hold more than 32 billion barrels of oil, the Department of Energy says.

The Bureau of Land Management is now proposing to make 26,402 tracts of that land at...

Judge blocks Utah law that would prevent BLM, Forest Service from enforcing state rules

May 17, 2013

A state law that would have prevented some federal officials from enforcing state laws anywhere in Utah was temporarily blocked yesterday by a federal judge.

Under the law sponsored by state Rep. Mike Noel (R), federal employees would have faced a $1,000 fine and six months in jail for...

Wind farms escape punishment for eagle deaths

May 17, 2013

Under the Obama administration, wind farms have never faced prosecution or fines for the deaths of eagles and other protected bird species.

While the administration has used bird deaths to prosecute oil companies and traditional power companies, wind companies have never faced penalties...

BLM cancels Nevada land deal

May 15, 2013

Bureau of Land Management officials said it would not issue a patent for 480 acres of federal land in southern Nevada that was once slated to be the future home of a professional sports complex.

The agency Friday informed Silver State -- the lender to Texas developer Chris Milam -- and...

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