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Interior Announces Restoration Of Wilderness Rules For Public Lands

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

(ASSOCIATED PRESS) DENVER (AP) -- The Obama administration plans to reverse a Bush-era policy and make millions of undeveloped acres of land once aga...

Plan To Protect Canyons Of The Ancients Has Ranchers, Drillers Up In Arms

The Durango Herald | Dale Rodebaugh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Ranchers, a company drilling for carbon dioxide, recreational users and private landowners are up in arms over the resource-management plan adopted in...

Wild Horse Roundup Set To Begin In NW Colorado

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

MEEKER, Colo. — Helicopters began rounding up wild horses Monday in northwestern Colorado over the objections of animal advocacy groups. The U....

Christo Plan for Colorado's Arkansas River Wrapped in Controversy

David Frey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
David Frey

If approved, Christo's latest project, Over the River, would suspend industrial-strength fabric over Colorado's Arkansas River.

Western Energy Alliance Sues federal Government Iver Oil-Gas Lease Backlog

AP | MEAD GRUVER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The petroleum industry sued the federal government Monday to try to force action on a backlog of hundreds of unissued federal o...

John Salazar Land Swap Controversy: Proposed Land Deal Would Benefit Billionaire Donor, Critics Say

AP | KRISTEN WYATT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — A proposed land swap in western Colorado that would benefit a Florida billionaire who is a political donor to U.S. Rep. John Salazar ha...

Interior Department Documents Reveal Plans To Protect Enormous Amounts Of Land In The West

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel | Gary Harmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Broad swaths of western land, equivalent to the size of Colorado and Wyoming combined, should be considered "treasured lands" and managed without rega...

Oil Shale Research And Development Leases Approved In Colorado, Utah

AP | CATHERINE TSAI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — Nominations for three more leases of federal land in Colorado and Utah for oil shale research are advancing for more review, the Bureau...

Enviros Outraged After New Mexico BLM Chief Leaves To Head Oil And Gas Group

AP | SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Several environmental groups are crying foul over the recent hire of a former Bureau of Land Management official as the presiden...

Christo River Installation

AP | P. SOLOMON BANDA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — Federal land managers say artist Christo's plan to drape fabric over several miles of the Arkansas River in Colorado would have a signi...

White River Drilling Forecast: 10 Times The Number Of

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

A planning document projects potentially more than 10 times the current number of oil and gas wells on the White River National Forest over the next 1...

Fossil Foolishness: Utah's Pursuit of Oil Shale and Tar Sands

Karin P. Sheldon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Karin P. Sheldon

There's a saying in the West: "Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting over." This maxim could get put to the test as companies pursue development of tar sands and oil shale in Utah.

BP Violating Own Safety Manual On Southwest Colorado Ranch

Durango Herald | Dale Rodebaugh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Cows and ditches are not a good mix, says Bayfield rancher Ross Gosney. So when he went to his summer pasture one day and saw a trough cut in the e...

Speak Up for Wild Horses; Send a Letter via Pony Express

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Over the past few weeks, tens of thousands of you have contacted the federal Bureau of Land Management, encouraging the agency to impose an immediate ...

Key Federal Regulator Took Gifts From Oil Company, Misused Travel Funds, Investigation Shows

AP | SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

SANTA FE, N.M. — An investigation has found that a former Bureau of Land Management official in New Mexico who oversaw one of the largest onshor...

Off-Road Racing Accident Kills Eight: So Who's Responsible?

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Steve Parker

The horrific racing accident which took place this past weekend in the desert of Southern California now ranks among the top 10 racing disasters of all time.

Be Heard by the BLM: Urge an End to Wild Horse Roundups

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Over the past 10 years, the BLM has removed some 74,000 wild horses and burros from the range, and it intends to remove a total of 12,000 horses this year. The program is costly, illogical, and has also had tragic consequences.

Back in Humpty Dumpty Land

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

Through a useful regulatory loophole, commonsense safeguards have been absent in the United States' Powder River Basin since 1990.

Colorado Oil Shale Litigation: Judge Warns Interior Department Not To Delay

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Nine is enough. That's the message from a judge after the federal government requested a ninth delay in responding to two suits filed in January 20...

Colorado Energy Leases Get Few Takers Following Outcry From Environmentalists

AP | JUDITH KOHLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — There were few takers Thursday for proposed oil and gas leases in a northern Colorado mountain valley prized by hunters and anglers. O...

Sheep Dog Attacks On Mountain Bikers, Hikers, Cause For Concern In West

AP | MICHAEL J. CRUMB | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Two sheep dogs' attack on a Colorado mountain biker has prompted ranchers in the West to seek better ways to manage the large dogs that protect their ...

Bill Barrett Corp and the Halliburton Loophole Threaten Rockies

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

The use of hydraulic fracturing to get at hard-to-reach hydrocarbon supplies has lots of folks wondering whether the next fossil fuel disaster might happen in the Rocky Mountains.

San Juan Basin Drilling Dispute Between BLM, Environmentalists Settled After 8 Years

AP | SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Bureau of Land Management and conservation groups have settled an eight-year dispute over a management plan for nearly 1...

Weekly Mulch: Massey Energy coal costs the environment

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger Coal consumption has costs -- this week's explosion at a West Virginia mine, which killed 25, made that cl...

Obama Mining Rule Reversal: Environmentalists Slam Obama For Upholding Bush Era Policy

AP | JUDITH KOHLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — The same week President Barack Obama riled environmentalists with plans for offshore oil drilling, he faces criticism for signaling he ...