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Interior Department touts efforts to protect sage grouse

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DENVER (AP) — A broad effort to save the greater sage grouse across the West without resorting to the Endangered Species Act is making progress, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday. “There’s some really good work going on,” Jewell said during a visit to a national wildlife refuge outside Denver, where she announced a year ago that the rare bird ...

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Showdown over federal coal leasing reform at Casper hearing

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Emotions ran high in a showdown Tuesday between environmentalists and the mining industry over coal-leasing reform and whether the federal government should increase how much it charges corporations to mine federal reserves. On one side, landowner advocates and environmentalists told a U.S. Bureau of Land Management public hearing that change is overdue — up to and ...

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Feds seek public input on oil-and-gas leasing in Wayne National Forest

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — A federal agency is seeking public comments on a draft environmental assessment of proposed oil and gas leasing in Wayne National Forest in southeastern Ohio. The Bureau of Land Management opened a comment period this week. Documents will be available for review until May 29. The environmental report analyzes impacts on about 40,000 acres underlying the ...

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Federal fracking rule in hands of federal judge in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The future of federal rules aimed at protecting land, water and wildlife from energy-production practices including hydraulic fracturing now rests with a judge in Wyoming. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl last year blocked implementation of rules drafted by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. He acted in response to a legal challenge from the states of ...

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Head of New Mexico oil and gas group to retire

Head of New Mexico oil and gas group to retire

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association will be retiring later this year and the industry group has launched a national search for his replacement. Steve Henke’s last day will be Sept. 1. He has served as president of the group for the past six years. He previously was in charge of the ...

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Lawsuit seeks to void Montana coal lease

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a conservation group’s attempt to void a 61-million-ton coal lease that was sold to a central Montana mine. U.S. District Judge Susan Watters said Thursday that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management adequately considered the environmental impacts of mining and decided they would be minor. The lease in Musselshell County was ...

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Idaho powerline plan tries to avoid private property

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A proposal for two high-voltage transmission lines crossing southwestern Idaho that faced opposition from private property owners has been altered to instead cross more of the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. The 1,700-page draft document released by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management earlier this month maps out potential options for ...

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BLM proposes flaring rule that could have big impact state revenues, royalty owners

A new rule will be presented by the Bureau of Land Management Thursday in Dickinson that could have a big impact on state tax revenues and royalty owner income. The proposed rule, which is aimed at curbing emissions and flaring, would seek to limit flaring from wells with mineral leases, but industry representatives warn the rule is duplicative to existing state ...

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