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Ex-Forest Service leaders urge cancellation of leases

KALISPELL, Mont. — Nineteen former U.S. Forest Service Leaders are asking federal officials to cancel all oil and gas leases on land east of Glacier National Park that is considered sacred by Native Americans. The Oct. 19 letter comes with the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management set to decide whether to cancel a drilling lease owned by Louisiana-based ...

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Judge grants preliminary injunction of federal hydraulic fracturing rule

U.S. District Court of Wyoming Judge Scott W. Skavdahl granted a preliminary injunction of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) hydraulic fracturing rule on Wednesday. The ruling blocks new nationwide regulations for oil and gas drilling on federal lands from taking effect, according to the Associated Press and a statement by the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA). Earlier this summer, ...

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US panel: Cancel drilling lease near Glacier National Park

HELENA, Mont. — A federal panel recommended Monday that the U.S. government cancel a long-suspended drilling lease on land near Montana’s Glacier National Park that is considered sacred to Native American tribes. The recommendation by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation comes as Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Solenex is suing the U.S. government to lift the decades-old suspension on the lease ...

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North Dakota oil producers, regulators spar over new rules

FARGO, N.D.  – North Dakota’s oil producers and their federal regulators spared at an industry conference on Tuesday over a raft of new rules with broad implications for energy development, the latest escalation in a war of words that has both parties aiming to sway public opinion. The public spat at the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s annual meeting comes as ...

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Interior Dept.: High-risk oil, gas wells checks lack funding

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management lacks sufficient resources to inspect high-risk oil and gas wells on federal land as a drilling boom continues in Wyoming, Colorado and other states, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday. The Obama administration has proposed a fee on oil and gas drillers that would allow the land management agency to hire more ...

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New Mexico AG calls on feds to address natural gas waste

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico’s attorney general is calling on the federal government to move quickly in adopting new rules to curb the waste of natural gas and the resulting loss of millions of dollars in royalties that could benefit education and other public programs. Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell this week, saying ...

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Group pushes for less flaring in the Four Corners


A group of New Mexicans are getting fed up with what they see as wasteful processes like natural gas flaring and venting, according to the NM Political Report. Nonprofit organization Taxpayers for Common Sense advocates for less expensive, more environmentally-friendly alternatives to flaring and venting. The group recently advertised in the Santa Fe New Mexican, urging lawmakers to require the ...

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Amid push to cut coal, feds review mine lease program

The Department of the Interior is leasing millions of acres of federal coal to private mining companies even as the Obama administration ramps up efforts to curb greenhouse gases from coal-burning power plants and natural gas pipelines under the president’s Climate Action Plan. To environmentalists and some Navajo activists living near coal mines in New Mexico, the disconnect between leasing ...

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