US says Trump coal moves hasten but don’t increase emissions

U.S. 05/22/19, 19:19

The Trump administration's decision to lift a moratorium on coal sales from public lands could hasten the release of more than 5 billion tons of greenhouse gases, but officials concluded Wednesday it would make little difference in overall U.S. climate emissions. That conclusion from the Bureau of Land Management comes after ...

Revived proposal for new oil, gas drilling in California

U.S. 05/09/19, 20:43

The U.S. government moved Thursday toward allowing new oil and gas drilling on wide swaths of federal land in California that has been off-limits since environmentalists sued in 2013. The Bureau of Land Management issued final plans for oil and gas leases on about 800,000 acres (323,755 hectares) in Central California. ...

National monument advisory panel new flashpoint in debate

Politics 04/24/19, 13:56

A newly unveiled advisory committee that will help make management decisions for a downsized national monument in southern Utah has become the latest flashpoint in a long-running debate over lands considered sacred to Native Americans as monument supporters cry foul about being left off the panel. The selections for the 15-person ...

Federal agency frets about terrorism threats at Burning Man

Entertainment 04/03/19, 13:35

Burning Man organizers say the U.S. government wants to place unreasonable conditions on a proposal to expand the counter-culture festival's capacity to 100,000, including stepped-up security searches and new perimeter barriers that land managers say would reduce vulnerability to acts of terrorism.Group leaders say the Bureau of Land Management's proposed ...

Interior boss order aims to protect US public land access

Politics 03/21/19, 20:05

Acting U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt ordered federal land managers on Thursday to give greater priority to access for hunting, fishing and other kinds of recreation when the government considers selling or trading public land. The secretarial order comes amid longstanding complaints that millions of acres of state and federal land ...

Update: US eases land rules protecting sage grouse

Enviroment 03/15/19, 09:29

The Latest on the Trump administration's changes to protections for the ground-dwelling sage grouse in the U.S. West (all times local): 8:20 a.m. The Trump administration has finalized changes to sweeping land use plans for Western states to ease energy industry restrictions in a way officials say will protect a struggling ground ...

US easing land restrictions across US West

U.S. 03/14/19, 21:10

The Trump administration is finalizing plans to ease restrictions on oil and gas drilling and other industries that were meant to protect an imperiled bird species that ranges across the American West, federal officials said Thursday. U.S. Bureau of Land Management Acting Director Brian Steed told The Associated Press the changes ...

New BLM Nevada director has 20 years with federal agencies

Football 03/04/19, 20:24

The new state director for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Nevada has spent more than two decades working for federal land management agencies in Washington D.C. and the West.Jon Raby was officially sworn in Monday by Brian Steed, BLM's deputy director for policy.Raby has worked for the BLM ...

Critics protest proposed drilling in Alaska’s Arctic refuge

Enviroment 02/11/19, 21:39

Protesters in Alaska urged federal officials to keep oil rigs out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge despite a federal law requiring lease sales in the wilderness area. At a Bureau of Land Management environmental review hearing in Anchorage, Laura Herman urged that no drilling be allowed because of the effects ...

Trump official touts oil and gas lease sales in New Mexico

Business 02/06/19, 21:32

A top Trump administration official touted record sales for oil and gas leases under the U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday as he sought to promote energy development on public lands. In a statement, acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said the federal agency last year generated $1.1 billion from the ...

Mojave Desert land purchase to protect ‘teddy bear’ cactus

U.S. 12/26/18, 19:05

A parcel of land that is prime habitat for the so-called teddy bear cactus has been purchased for a Mojave Desert conservation organization.An anonymous donor bought the 599 acres (242 hectares) of Southern California land for $140,000 and deeded it to the Mojave Desert Land Trust, The Desert Sun newspaper ...

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