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Navajos approve water settlement

November 6, 2010

Pact would end 2003 lawsuit over rights to Colorado River

Navajo lawmakers have approved an agreement that quantifies the tribe's water rights in the lower Colorado River basin, but it could be years before any of that water reaches tribal communities.


GOP asks Interior to delay mountaintop mining rules

November 5, 2010

The Interior Department should slow its push for new rules on surface coal mining, a coalition of Republican senators said today.

The senators accused Interior of shutting out the public as it crafts a new "stream buffer zone" rule, a provision intended to protect federal waters from coal...

Obama's enthusiasm for gas drilling raises eyebrows

November 5, 2010

President Obama's newfound interest in expanded natural gas drilling yesterday surprised many on all sides of the drilling debate, from environmentalists to drillers and even the coal industry.

Representatives of drilling groups said they had no idea that Obama would make natural gas his...

Interior panel lets Wyoming coal leasing move ahead

November 5, 2010

A federal appeals board has denied a request by environmental groups concerned about climate change to delay selling coal leases at two surface mines in northeast Wyoming's Powder River Basin.

Sale of the leases next to Foundation Coal's Belle Ayr Mine and Peabody Group's Caballo Mine...

Colorado toughens up on uranium

November 5, 2010

State mining regulators have found heaps of toxic uranium ore at a dormant Cotter Corp. mine in western Colorado and are moving to prevent contamination of land and water near the Dolores River.

The regulators ordered Cotter to build berms around the 300 to 500 tons of uranium ore by Nov...

Snowmobile battle brews anew

November 4, 2010

The battle over backcountry access is back on.

This time, the Winter Wildlands Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to human-powered snow sports, has taken the lead, filing a petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service related to the way...

Program aims to restore Nevada's rangeland

November 4, 2010

Millions of acres are charred by wildfire. Millions more covered by invading grass. Elsewhere, pinyon-juniper trees are creeping downhill, overrunning a landscape that should be dominated by sagebrush.

Nevada's rangeland, simply put, is in trouble.

"We've got some pretty big...

High court talks renting rivers

November 4, 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said it wants the federal government to weigh in before deciding whether to accept PPL Montana’s appeal of a decision allowing the state to charge the company rent using state riverbeds to generate power.

The nation’s high court, in a brief order without...

Company applies to drill in the Upper Missouri River Breaks

November 2, 2010

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on an application by a Texas-based company to drill a natural gas well in the Bullwhacker Coulee area of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument.

An Ohio-based company also is close to filing an application to drill...

Bison on Turner's MT ranch has brucellosis

November 3, 2010

A bison on Ted Turner's Flying D Ranch west of Bozeman has tested positive for brucellosis, a disease that causes cattle, bison and elk to abort their fetuses.

While an investigation into how the 7-year-old cow bison contracted the disease is expected to take several months, evidence...

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