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Groups begin raising money to buy Wyoming Range...

March 30, 2009
The Wyoming Range Legacy Act that passed Congress last week provides permanent protection from future oil and gas development for 1.2 million acres in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Read more...

Farmers urge Obama to make carbon storage a cash...

March 28, 2009
Farmers and their representatives in Congress are calling on President Barack Obama to include measures in any climate legislation that make it profitable for farmers to store carbon dioxide. Currently, some farmers forgo tilling some acres because it earns them carbon credits they can sell on...

SW Colo. timber project said to threaten lynx...

March 27, 2009
The Rio Grande National Forest has proposed a timber salvage project that would remove thousands of acres of beetle-infested spruce trees and try to reduce the risk of wildfire and promote reforestation. But environmental groups say the plan could destroy lynx habitat, harm soils and watersheds...

Colo. Legislature passes stricter drilling...

March 26, 2009
In a straight party-line vote yesterday, the Colorado Senate approved landmark new regulations for oil and gas drilling that will give more weight to public health and safety, wildlife habitat and migration, and environmental protection. Proponents of the rules say they are long-overdue after...

San Joaquin River restoration approved in...

March 26, 2009
Congress yesterday approved a $400 million restoration plan for a 63-mile stretch of California's San Joaquin River in an attempt to resolve a longstanding water rights dispute that pit farmers against fishers and environmentalists. The project will increase the flow of water through the river...

Resource scarcity playing bigger role in local...

March 26, 2009
Utilities and power developers in the arid West are grappling over whether to build more traditional power plants that require steady streams of water to operate. Water scarcity issues have become a major selling point for environmentalists pressuring developers into considering more renewable...

Problems at Mount St. Helens spark debate

March 26, 2009
When Mount St. Helens spectacularly erupted in 1980, it created a mammoth volcanic crater that today is the centerpiece of a national monument that draws thousands of visitors from around the world. But more than a quarter-century after President Ronald Reagan and Congress established the Mount...

House sends natural resources omnibus to Obama

March 25, 2009
The House today approved, 285-140, the public lands, water and natural resources omnibus bill, giving President Obama his first major conservation victory on Capitol Hill. Supporters celebrated the final step in the measure's long and winding path through Congress. Democrats in both chambers used...

Utah lease auction draws few bids

March 25, 2009
A federal auction of oil and gas drilling rights in Utah drew few bids and low revenue yesterday. Barely half of the 98 southern and eastern Utah parcels were sold, some for as little as $2 per acre. "Given the current economic conditions -- lower demand for oil products -- there's few if...

EPA will review mountaintop permitting's...

March 24, 2009
U.S. EPA put a hold today on permitting for mountaintop mining so it can assess the impacts of those projects on water quality and aquatic life. Exerting its authority under the Clean Water Act, EPA notified the lead federal permitting agency, the Army Corps of Engineers, yesterday that it...
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