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Texas company acquires Thompson Divide leases

April 3, 2013

A Texas-based energy company hoping to drill for natural gas in Thompson Divide recently acquired two leases in that area from Encana Oil & Gas (USA) and has asked federal authorities to “suspend” the leases.

The company, Houston-based SG Interests, submitted the suspension request to...

Mont. bill would allow water leasing to O&G development

April 3, 2013

Water rights could be temporarily leased to oil developers or other users under a bill meant to help meet soaring demand for water resulting from the oil development in northeastern Montana. The bill also is aimed at preventing illegal use of water and protecting other water users as water...

Wyo. coal plant construction stalls for 17 years

April 3, 2013

An $800 million project that was slated to provide 100,000 homes with coal-fired power and supply dozens of people with full-time jobs has been stalled for 17 years.

The Two Elk Energy Park in northeast Wyoming has run into a variety of barriers, including the global financial crisis and...

EPA tweaks utility air toxics rule

April 1, 2013

U.S. EPA released tweaks to its final air toxics rule for power plants, as part of a very busy Good Friday regulatory release that also included a long-awaited sulfur emissions rule for gasoline (see related story).

EPA characterized the revision as mostly technical.

The updates to...

Conservation orgs ask BLM to cancel leases atop Roan Plateau

April 1, 2013

Environmental groups are urging the Bureau of Land Management to forbid drilling on western Colorado's Roan Plateau as the agency goes back to the drawing board and re-evaluates its approach to energy development in the region.

Earthjustice submitted a 49-page comment letter to BLM today...

State Senate to consider Idaho's demand for federal land

April 1, 2013

The full state Senate will consider a measure demanding that the federal government cede millions of acres of public forests, backcountry and rangeland to Idaho, on grounds the state can manage it better.

After House Republicans followed his lead, Rep. Lawerence Denney of Midvale on...

EPA, enviros urge Supreme Court to review cross-state rule

April 1, 2013

U.S. EPA and environmental groups today will ask the Supreme Court to review a federal court's ruling from last year that tossed out the agency's rule for air pollution that drifts across state lines.

In August 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit remanded...

BLM issues coal lease changes for Colo. West Elk Mine

March 29, 2013

Federal officials have issued two lease modifications allowing Arch Coal Inc.'s West Elk Mine in Gunnison County to expand.

The Bureau of Land Management said Tuesday that the modifications allow for federal coal leasing on about 1,700 more acres next to the mine's existing leases. The...

Exxon may owe $1.7M for 2011 Mont. oil spill

March 29, 2013

Transportation Department regulators yesterday proposed that Exxon Mobil Corp. pay $1.7 million in civil penalties for safety violations related to a ruptured pipeline.

The July 2011 rupture resulted in 63,000 gallons of crude oil spilling into Montana's Yellowstone River, polluting 70...

Keystone XL comments won't be made public, State Department says

March 27, 2013

When the State Department hired a contractor to produce the latest environmental impact statement for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, it asked for a Web-based electronic docket to record public comments as they flowed in each day. Thousands of comments are expected to be filed by people...

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