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Utah bills keep pushing federal land transfer

February 27, 2013

A Senate panel on Monday advanced a joint resolution that presses the Utah governor and congressional delegation "to exert their utmost abilities" to convince the federal government to hand over 30 million acres of public lands to the state.

SJR13 seeks to speed the implementation of last...

BLM's Utah wild horse roundup complete

February 20, 2013

The horses appear over a rise in the Whirlwind Valley, their hooves breaking through a blanket of crusty snow as they run north. The pace alternates between a gallop and canter as they trail a stallion in single file. A gray mare is pregnant and a foal appears to limp as it struggles to keep up...

Federal approval nears for sprawling Calif. wind project

February 18, 2013

The Obama administration is proposing to significantly reduce the size and energy output of a large-scale wind farm project proposal in Southern California to avoid impacts to golden eagles and endangered condors.

At issue is the Bureau of Land Management's final environmental impact...

Environmental groups challenge DOI's solar plans

February 15, 2013

A trio of environmental groups are challenging the Department of Interior's establishment of solar energy zones in six southwestern states, including Utah, asserting the federal government failed to contemplate permitting large-scale utlity projects on already developed lands.

"We don't...

U.S. District Court rules agencies must disclose names of potential oil and gas drillers

February 15, 2013

A U.S. District Court in Denver handed down a precedent-setting decision on Wednesday, ruling that the Bureau of Land Management must reveal the names of companies or individuals who are nominating public land for oil and gas drilling.

The order by Judge Richard P. Matsch overturned...

Bill proposed to speed Mont. wind development

February 13, 2013

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., is teaming with Republican Dean Heller of Nevada on a bill promoting development of renewable energy on public land by streamlining what they say is a slow-moving permitting process.

The Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act will create a leasing...

Solar companies grapple with hazardous waste disposal

February 12, 2013

olar companies are struggling to deal with the dirtier side of renewable energy technology.

As federal perks have boosted solar panel production, the industry needs to dispose of millions of pounds of polluted sludge and contaminated water. The waste is shipped to disposal facilities...

Bill would double length of grazing permits

February 12, 2013

A Wyoming senator has reintroduced a bill that would double the length of grazing permits on millions of acres of public lands and instruct the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service to issue routine permits more quickly.

Sen. John Barrasso's (R) "Grazing Improvement Act" would also...

Bipartisan lawmakers propose sharing renewable revenues

February 11, 2013

A bipartisan group of Western lawmakers has reintroduced a bill that would establish a new leasing program for wind and solar energy on federal lands and use a portion of revenues to support states, counties and wildlife habitats.

The bills by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Jon Tester...

Crowd fills meeting on Thompson Divide drilling plans

February 7, 2013

Close to 100 people jammed into the Garfield County commissioners' meeting room on Tuesday to learn about drilling in the Thompson Divide area, and to object to it.

More than two dozen of those in the room spoke of concerns that largely were centered around possible ill health effects...

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