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BLM to Incorporate Oil, Natural Gas Climate Impacts in Western Colorado RMP

BLM to Incorporate Oil, Natural Gas Climate Impacts in Western Colorado RMP

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to incorporate potential climate impacts into a revamped resource management plan (RMP) for oil and gas leasing in western Colorado that covers nearly one million acres. The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado last week approved the Interior Department agency’s request to remand the 20-year RMP…

March 30, 2021
BLM Decisions Under Pendley Facing Slew of Environmental Lawsuits

BLM Decisions Under Pendley Facing Slew of Environmental Lawsuits

A federal judge has invalidated key land use plans in Montana that were approved under former Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Acting Director William Perry Pendley, a decision that could imperil land use decisions elsewhere and pave the way for a deluge of litigation from environmental groups. The ruling issued last Friday was the second…

October 20, 2020
Montana Governor Asks Court to Rescind Plans for Oil, Gas Development

Montana Governor Asks Court to Rescind Plans for Oil, Gas Development

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has asked a district court to shelve three large-scale plans that would open most federal lands in the state to oil and gas development, arguing they were invalidated when a federal court ruled the Trump administration’s top public lands official was serving illegally. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris of the District…

October 8, 2020
Federal Judge Says BLM Chief Serving Unlawfully, Lacks Senate Confirmation

Federal Judge Says BLM Chief Serving Unlawfully, Lacks Senate Confirmation

A federal judge in Montana ruled that William Perry Pendley, the acting director of the U.S. Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM), had served illegally for more than a year and blocked him from continuing in the position. “Pendley has served and continues to serve unlawfully…His ascent to acting BLM director did not follow…

September 28, 2020
Citing Threats to Grouse and Climate, Enviros Sue BLM to Scrap Colorado Drilling Plan

Citing Threats to Grouse and Climate, Enviros Sue BLM to Scrap Colorado Drilling Plan

A coalition of environmental groups has filed a lawsuit to jettison a federal plan that would allow oil and gas drilling on public lands in southwestern Colorado. The six western U.S. groups filed the lawsuit against the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in U.S. District Court in Denver. The plaintiffs claim that…

August 20, 2020
BLM Opening New Headquarters in Colorado

BLM Opening New Headquarters in Colorado

The Department of Interior’s Bureau (DOI) of Land Management (BLM) will move its headquarters from Washington, DC, to Grand Junction, CO, the agency said. “This relocation strengthens our relationship with communities in the West by ensuring decision makers are living and working closer to the lands they manage for the American people. This effort will…

August 11, 2020

California Opposes BLM Plans to Open 1.2M Acres for Oil, Gas Leasing

In what is expected to prompt another tussle between the state and federal government, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) last week announced plans to open 1.2 million acres in California for oil and gas leasing.

December 17, 2019
BLM’s Utah Auction in March to Offer 25 Oil, Gas Leasing Parcels

BLM’s Utah Auction in March to Offer 25 Oil, Gas Leasing Parcels

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) said Tuesday it is seeking public comment for a proposed quarterly oil and gas lease sale in March for Utah’s Green River District.

December 4, 2019

BLM’s Colorado Oil, Gas Leases Challenged by Environmental Groups

In the latest Colorado turf battle between the oil and gas industry and environmentalists, conservation groups on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration in an effort to stop production on a swath of land roughly a million acres in size.

October 9, 2019
Cheap Bonds Said Not Enough to Reclaim Oil, NatGas Wells on Federal Lands

Cheap Bonds Said Not Enough to Reclaim Oil, NatGas Wells on Federal Lands

Bonds posted by oil and natural gas producers to help prevent orphaned wells on federal lands are too low, with most not high enough to cover the costs of reclamation, according to a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

October 2, 2019
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