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Lawmakers question delays in energy lease sales

oil and gas eases were sold in Utah

BILLINGS, Mont. — Members of Congress from eleven states say they’re concerned about postponements to recent oil and gas lease sales. The lawmakers wrote U.S. Interior Department Assistant Secretary Janice Schneider asking her to explain the delays by Jan. 5. They cited postponed sales on public lands in Arkansas, Utah and Michigan. The effort is led by two Utah House ...

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New Mexico energy industry leaders cry foul over new BLM rules

Oil and gas operations in the Permian Basin, Eddy County, New Mexico. (Image: Blake Thorberry via Flickr)

DURANGO, Colo. — About 75 people filled a ballroom at the DoubleTree by Hilton here on Tuesday to hear from Bureau of Land Management officials over three proposed updates to rules that regulate the oil and gas industry. And while the event’s location was in a small Colorado ski town, by a show of hands, those gathered were largely representatives ...

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Bush’s agency joins lawsuit alleging federal land overreach

AUSTIN, Texas — Land Commissioner George P. Bush and his little-known but powerful agency, Texas’ General Land Office, joined a lawsuit Tuesday suing the federal government for what the suit calls an unconstitutional seizure of land. Filed last month by seven landowning families, the lawsuit accuses the federal Bureau of Land Management of a “blatant land grab” involving a 116-mile ...

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ConocoPhillips approves $900 million project in National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska

ConocoPhillips has approved funding for its Greater Mooses Tooth development on Alaska’s North Slope, a $900 million project expected to yield 30,000 barrels of oil daily at its peak. Production is expected to begin in 2018 at the field in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, an Indiana-sized Arctic reserve. Production at the field would be the first time oil has flowed ...

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US looks at proposed fracking in national forest in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A federal agency is again considering requests to open Wayne National Forest in southeastern Ohio to oil and gas drilling. Oil and gas companies formally expressed interest to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in drilling about 31,900 acres of the forest through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, The Columbus Dispatch reported. The bureau said it’s reviewing to ...

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States find their voice on federal land use

WASHINGTON — It’s a battle long fought, but seldom won: States want to gain control of federal land within their borders. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the U.S. Forest Service, and other federal agencies control vast swaths of the land in some Western states, as much as 80 percent in Nevada. But local residents are often frustrated with federal ...

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After a decade, oil begins flowing from National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska

Commercial oil production has begun in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. ConocoPhillips Alaska made that announcement on Tuesday, saying oil has begun flowing at its CD5 drill site, part of the Alpine field on the North Slope. The production is coming from Alaska Native lands within the boundaries of the Indiana-sized reserve, created as a naval petroleum reserve after World War ...

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