In a First, Tribes Will Jointly Manage a National Monument

Five Native American tribes will work with the Bureau of Land Management to plan and conserve Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, officials said.

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Climate Groups Use Endangered Species Act to Try to Stop Drilling

Environmentalists say the government failed to study the threats to endangered species from climate change before issuing oil and gas drilling permits.

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Dozens of Wild Horses Killed by Mystery Disease at Colorado Facility

The outbreak has killed at least 85 horses since Saturday, and laboratory tests are being completed to identify the fatal illness, the Bureau of Land Management said.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animals, #bureau-of-land-management, #canon-city-colo, #colorado, #federal-lands, #horses

Dinosaur Prints in Utah Are Feared Damaged by Construction Equipment

Federal work on a new walkway at the site has been halted after paleontology groups raised the alarm about equipment “driven directly over the fossil dinosaur tracks.”

#bureau-of-land-management, #center-for-biological-diversity, #dinosaurs, #moab-utah, #paleontology, #society-of-vertebrate-paleontology

Relocation of Federal Agency Hurt Diversity, Watchdog Finds

A decision to move the Bureau of Land Management’s headquarters to Colorado caused staff to quit, according to a critical report.

#bureau-of-land-management, #colorado, #government-accountability-office, #interior-department, #race-and-ethnicity, #relocation-of-business, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Plans to Bar New Drilling Around a Major Native American Cultural Site

After years of tribal requests, the president plans to block new oil and gas leases within 10 miles of Chaco Canyon in New Mexico. The ban is likely to generate strong pushback from industry.

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Senate Confirms Biden’s Pick to Lead the Bureau of Land Management

After a party-line vote, Tracy Stone-Manning became the leader of an agency that manages oil and gas drilling on public lands.

#bureau-of-land-management, #drilling-and-boring, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #stone-manning-tracy

Court Blocks a Vast Alaskan Drilling Project, Citing Climate Dangers

The multibillion-dollar ConocoPhillips plan, known as Willow, was approved under the Trump administration and then legally supported by the Biden administration.

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Wild Horses Adopted Under a Federal Program Are Going to Slaughter

Records show that some people who are paid $1,000 a head by the government to give legally protected mustangs “good homes” are sending the horses to auction once they get the money.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #auctions, #bureau-of-land-management, #federal-lands, #horses, #land-use-policies, #law-and-legislation, #livestock, #motivation-and-incentive-programs, #united-states-politics-and-government, #western-states-us

How to Reserve a Campsite, Even at the Last Minute

Who says you can’t get a reservation for the great outdoors this weekend?

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‘Climate Change’ Is Back, ‘Illegal Alien’ Is Out. New Administration Changes the Language of Government.

“The president has been clear to all of us — words matter, tone matters and civility matters,” said Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary.

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Sale of Drilling Leases in Arctic Refuge Fails to Yield a Windfall

Just half of the 22 available tracts of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge got bids, and big oil companies stayed away.

#alaska, #arctic-national-wildlife-refuge, #bureau-of-land-management, #drilling-and-boring, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline

In Last Rush, Trump Grants Mining and Energy Firms Access to Public Lands

The outgoing administration is pushing through approval of corporate projects over the opposition of environmental groups and tribal communities.

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Wealthier, Whiter Areas Are More Likely to Get Help After Fires, Data Show

New research offers further signs that racial and economic inequality leave some Americans more exposed to the worsening effects of climate change.

#bureau-of-land-management, #environment, #forest-service, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #income-inequality, #minorities, #national-park-service, #race-and-ethnicity, #wildfires

Big Push Into Helium Could Have the World on Russia’s String

It’s not just party balloons. A huge Siberian production plant is expected to reshape the market for a gas that’s essential to many critical industries.

#bureau-of-land-management, #factories-and-manufacturing, #gazprom, #helium, #moscow-russia, #natural-gas, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #refineries, #russia, #siberia

Sale of Arctic Refuge Oil and Gas Leases Is Set for Early January

The Trump administration, hastening its last-ditch effort to allow drilling there, said the sales would happen 30 days after an announcement is published in the Federal Register on Monday.

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That Mysterious Monolith in the Utah Desert? It’s Gone, Officials Say

The metal structure has been removed, Utah officials said on Saturday, adding that they had not taken it down.

#art, #bureau-of-land-management, #utah

A Weird Monolith Is Found in the Utah Desert

A team surveying bighorn sheep for Utah’s wildlife agency found the strange object, 10 to 12 feet tall, embedded in the ground in a remote part of Red Rock Country. It’s probably art, officials said.

#2001-a-space-odyssey-movie, #art, #bureau-of-land-management, #federal-lands, #utah

Trump Plan to Sell Arctic Oil Leases Will Face Challenges

If lease sales happen in the final days of the Trump administration, they may face disputes in court or could be reversed by the Biden administration.

#arctic-national-wildlife-refuge, #bureau-of-land-management, #environment, #land-use-policies, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states-politics-and-government

Judges Tell Trump His Officials Are Serving Illegally. He Does Nothing.

Three high-ranking administration officials have been found by courts to be working in violation of a 1998 law that governs how a president can appoint temporary officials.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #bureau-of-land-management, #cuccinelli-kenneth-t-ii, #decisions-and-verdicts, #environment, #federal-lands, #pendley-william-perry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Top U.S. Lands Official Served Unlawfully for Over a Year, a Federal Judge Rules

A federal judge in Montana ordered William Perry Pendley, whose appointment was not confirmed by the Senate, to leave the position.

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Camping in the West? Like Everything These Days, It’s Complicated

“Every state is different. In some states, every municipality is different.”

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