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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 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
BOP, Montage, Others Gain Leases in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest and Beyond

BOP, Montage, Others Gain Leases in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest and Beyond

The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Eastern States Office said its latest oil and gas lease sale for properties in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Ohio brought in nearly $1.4 million.

September 20, 2019

BLM OKs Right-of-Way for Utah Town’s Natural Gas Supply Line

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued a right-of-way that allows the city of Green River, UT, to build a new natural gas pipeline to tap supply from a nearby processing plant, the agency said this week.

August 28, 2019

BLM’s Revised Utah RMP Proposes More Limits on Mineral Development

The latest iteration of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) resource management plan (RMP) for Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument adds some limitations to mineral development activities.

August 26, 2019

Colorado Protests BLM Resource Plan for Western Slope

Colorado has challenged the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) resource management plan (RMP) for the oil- and gas-rich portions of the Western Slope, alleging it doesn’t go far enough to protect the environment and local wildlife, including the sage grouse.

August 2, 2019
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