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BLM Director Bob Abbey to retire

May 11, 2012

Bob Abbey, a career public lands official who spearheaded major energy reforms as director of the Bureau of Land Management over the past three years, will retire at the end of the month.

Abbey, who engineered a sweeping overhaul of oil and gas leasing on federal lands while promoting an...

Three Colo. towns in conflict with county over BLM leases

May 10, 2012

Three towns in Garfield County have recently urged the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to take the most restrictive and conservative approach regarding leasing of public lands for development of oil shale and tar sands.

This is in contrast to the position of the Garfield Board of...

Colo. roadless rule affirms disputed Bush-era oil and gas leases

May 9, 2012

A plan to ban most road building and logging across roughly 4.2 million acres of Colorado forests could allow tree cutting and temporary roads on thousands of acres of oil and gas leases sold under the George W. Bush administration, conservationists warn.

While the Colorado roadless rule...

Drilling boom strains state regulatory agencies

May 9, 2012

Cash-strapped states are embracing the millions of dollars in new tax revenue coming from shale oil and gas development. But there aren't enough inspectors to make sure the sites aren't polluting. The problem seems especially apparent in Colorado, which now has more than 47,000 active oil and...

EPA delays soot standard again, plans to act by August 2013

May 9, 2012

U.S. EPA is further delaying stricter standards for airborne soot that comes from power plants, auto tailpipes and smokestacks until August next year, angering advocacy groups that sued the agency to force it to act swiftly.

At issue is EPA's efforts to update 2006 national ambient air...

Interior Secretary Salazar signs off on Utah natural-gas project

May 9, 2012

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Tuesday signed — and hailed — Utah’s latest natural-gas drilling plan as an environmentally sensitive leap toward energy security.

Flanked by cooperative representatives from Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance at a pipeline...

Utah counties file lawsuits against BLM over RS2477 roads

May 8, 2012

By this time next week, 22 of Utah's 29 counties will have filed lawsuits against the Interior Department and the Bureau of Land Management, seeking title to thousands of miles of contested roads that cross federally managed lands.

The state said in December that it would seek quiet title...

Colo. joins federal study of air quality near oil, gas development

May 8, 2012

From Texas to Colorado, there is growing evidence that oil and gas fields are leaking a wide range of chemicals — raising concern both in communities where drilling is taking place and in the industry.

There is, however, not sufficient data to know precisely what is coming out of the...

Public comments show deep divide on BLM oil shale plan

May 7, 2012

The Obama administration's plan to significantly reduce the lands available to oil shale development in the West will stifle billions of dollars in industry investments and delay a solution to U.S. dependence on foreign crude, according to industry and local officials.


Colorado Roadless Rule gets mixed reviews

May 6, 2012

A plan to manage some of Colorado’s most prized national forest lands is being billed as a national model for how states and the federal government can work together even amid the rancorous political climate.

Reaction from the environmental community was less enthusiastic. While...

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