Correction: Burning Man-Expansion Permit story
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — In a story April 9 about a Bureau of Land Management hearing on a new permit for the annual Burning Man event, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Burning Man's...
Group sues to prohibit Mount St. Helens’ drilling
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A conservation group has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management over the agencies' decision to allow exploratory drilling near the...
RENO, Nev. (AP) — 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...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tribal leaders are calling on U.S. land managers to put off an upcoming oil and gas lease sale, the latest in an ongoing battle over energy development in a region that's...
BLM lease sale nets $11.8 million in Wyoming
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease sale in Wyoming has netted $11.8 million.
The agency says its online sale Tuesday and Wednesday attracted bids on 114...
US judge blocks oil, gas drilling over climate change
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A judge blocked oil and gas drilling across almost 500 square miles (1,295 sq. kilometers) in Wyoming and said the U.S. government must consider climate change impacts more...
US signs off on Wyoming uranium mine expansion
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. government approved plans Tuesday to expand a Wyoming uranium mine while it considers a proposed new mine by the same developer not far away.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The federal government could pay up to $1,000 to people who adopt wild horses thanks to a new incentive program aimed at reducing chronic wild horse...
RENO, Nev. (AP) — 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...
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A disputed federal oil and gas lease sale in Wyoming that ended Friday was among the biggest recently in the state, bringing in almost $88 million amid environmental groups'...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency performed inadequate environmental review before approving petroleum exploration in a northern Alaska reserve, according to a lawsuit filed by a nearby...
Conservationists fight oil shale plan in eastern Utah
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A coalition of environmental groups objected Tuesday to the U.S. government's approval of the early stages of an oil shale project near the Utah-Colorado border by a company...
BLM asking for public comment on proposed mine expansion
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The public now can comment on an environmental analysis that looks to evaluate the potential impacts of expanding operations of a Colorado coal mine.
Colorado agency seeks drill limit near big game
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Colorado Parks and Wildlife has reiterated to the Bureau of Land Management that it wants to see regulators consider limiting oil and gas pads to one per square mile (2.58 square kilometers) in critical big game habitat.
Gov. John Hickenlooper raised concern last year in a letter to the BLM about its December 2018 lease sale, and the agency ultimately deferred offering most of the acreage largely because of a number of wildlife and other issues raised by the governor.
BLM says too much trash was left after Burning Man event
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Federal officials have informed organizers of the Burning Man counter-culture festival in Nevada that they left too much trash behind after the 2018 event.
However, Burning Man organizers said they passed an environmental inspection and plan to undergo an additional review in the spring.
US land agency appoints new boss in oil-rich region
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. agency that oversees oil and gas development in one of the nation's most prolific areas has appointed a career employee as the region's new director.
The Bureau of Land Management says Tim Spisak will oversee New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
The region covers 42 million acres (17 million hectares) of mineral estate that includes oil, natural gas and other deposits.
Lease sale in Alaska petroleum reserve draws modest interest
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal sale of oil leases in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska has again drawn a modest response.
The Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday received 16 bids on 16 tracts covering 272 square miles (705 sq. kilometers), the Alaska Journal of Commerce reported .
The BLM had offered 254 tracts on more than 4,375 square miles (11,330 sq. kilometers).
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BLM oil and gas lease sale lands over $538,800 in bids
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An online auction of oil and gas leases by the Bureau of Land Management has landed more than $538,800 in bids this week.
The auction held Tuesday offered 23 parcels covering some 12,500 acres (5,058 hectares) in Montana for oil and gas leasing through the competitive online auction.
The BLM says it received bids on 21 of the parcels.
Feds approve mining exploration near Mount St. Helens
MOUNT ST. HELENS, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says proposed exploratory mining northeast of Mount St. Helens would present no significant environmental impact.
The Columbian reports the BLM's decision this week would award Ascot USA two hard rock prospecting permits within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest near the headwaters of the Green River.
BLM rejects proposed wind farm along Nevada-California line
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal officials have decided to reject an application to build more than 200 wind turbines on public land on the southern Nevada side of the state's border with California.
Alaska sues feds over ownership of land under river
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Alaska has sued the federal government in a bid to get it to recognize the state's ownership of the land beneath two forks of the Fortymile River in the eastern Interior.
The river's Middle and North forks run mostly through U.S. Bureau of Land Management lands. The federal government owns a large section of the Fortymile River region, which is Alaska's oldest gold mining district.
BLM plans will reduce risk of wildfire near West Valley City
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) — Federal officials say they will clear fuels on about 23,500 acres in northern Utah next year to reduce the risk of wildfire.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's West Desert District oversees about 7.7 million acres in the state. The agency plans to conduct fuels projects in western Utah County, eastern Tooele County and in Rich County near the Wyoming state line.
Environmentalists sue feds for information
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — An environmental group is suing the federal government for information about a proposed 5,000-well oil and gas project in central Wyoming.
Western Watersheds Project filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Idaho, arguing that it had requested public information from the Bureau of Land Management regarding endangered species that could be affected by the proposed oil and gas activity northeast of Casper.
BLM hears concerns over planned oil and gas leasing
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management has opened a new public comment period for land it plans to offer for oil and gas leasing in an upcoming sale.
Drilling overwhelms agency protecting America’s lands
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Wayne Smith was hardened to a certain level of chaos here, on land the American public owns. But even he was incredulous as he surveyed an area he leases for grazing, now cleared of grass and cluttered with above-ground pipelines, a drill pad for multiple wells and other oil and gas infrastructure.
Drilling overwhelms agency protecting America’s lands
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) —
Wayne Smith was hardened to a certain level of chaos here, on land the American public owns. But even he was incredulous as he surveyed an area he leases for grazing, now cleared of grass and cluttered with above-ground pipelines, a drill pad for multiple wells and other oil and gas infrastructure.
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Bureau of Land Management ends plan to sterilize wild horses
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Court records show the U.S. Bureau of Land Management intends to scratch plans to spay wild horses in an effort to address overpopulation on Oregon public lands.
Oregon judge stops BLM from sterilizing wild horses
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has halted the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's plans to remove the ovaries of wild horses to stop them from propagating in Oregon.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the horses from the Warm Springs Herd Management Area cannot be sterilized with the procedure until the outcome of a court case brought by animal rights groups.
BLM has new state director in Colorado
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management has a new director in Colorado.
The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports Jamie Connell, who previously worked in Colorado, will be returning to the state to serve as the agency's state director.
Connell currently is serving as the Oregon-Washington state director.
BLM approves oil field in National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The federal Bureau of Land Management has signed off on another oil field within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.
The BLM announced Monday that it had issued a joint record of decision with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approving Greater Mooses Tooth 2.
ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc. expects to start construction at the site this winter. The company says the site should be in production for 30 years, from 2020-2050.
BLM to use helicopters to finish wild horse roundup
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management plans to use a helicopter to round up additional wild horses to be removed from rangeland in western Colorado.
BLM completes another big wild horse roundup in Nevada
ELKO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has completed its second big wild horse roundup in northern Nevada in recent weeks, removing 887 mustangs from the range in Elko County.
The agency said Tuesday the horses were gathered Sept. 19-Oct. 2 in the Antelope Valley and Goshute herd management areas where their numbers were eight times what it considers the appropriate management level.
BLM captures 1,178 mustangs, removes 873 near NV-ID line
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has completed the emergency capture of more than 1,000 wild horses on federal land in northern Nevada near the Idaho line.
The agency ordered the emergency roundup in the Owyhee (Oh-WAH'-hee) complex in Elko and Humboldt counties because a large wildfire that broke out June 5 burned more than 600 square miles (1,554 sq. kilometers) of rangeland, resulting in significant forage loss.
Recreation on US land generates billions for western states
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A new study from several wildlife-related groups has found that recreation on U.S. land administered by the Bureau of Land Management land contributes billions of dollars to western states' economies.
The study by Southwick Associates was done on behalf of The Pew Charitable Trusts, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Wildlife Management Institute, Trout Unlimited, Archery Trade Association and the American Fly Fishing Trade Association.
New Mexico ranchers worry about possible land restrictions
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Some New Mexico ranchers are worried they could lose their way of life as the U.S. Bureau of Land Management revises its resource management plan.
Land could be subject to classification as wilderness, a move that ranchers worry could restrict their land from commercial uses such as farming or ranching, the Carlsbad Current-Argus reported .
Urban timber harvest plan spurs anger
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — Plans to log forestland near an urban area and adjacent to a proposed outdoor recreation area have created distrust in Springfield.
Target shooters sparked wildfires north and south of Reno
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Federal officials confirmed Friday that target shooters started separate wildfires outside of Reno and they're asking for the public's help finding a red ATV seen leaving the area where the one broke out in the Washoe Valley.
Neither of the fires, which were reported within an hour of each other around noon Thursday, caused any property damage or threatened structures.
Lawsuit over Thompson Divide drilling dismissed after deal
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A lawsuit challenging the cancellation of oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide area in western Colorado is over.
People march to Bureau of Land Management office in Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A group of people have marched in Las Vegas to call on the federal government to not open some public lands to oil and gas leasing.
The protesters held a rally Monday and then marched to an office of the Bureau of Land Management.
The federal agency on Tuesday plans to sell oil and gas leases for almost 300,000 acres in Nevada.
BLM seeks input on leasing sodium in Sweetwater County
KEMMERER, Wyo. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on a proposal to lease about 5,000 acres (2,023 hectares) for sodium mining of trona in southwest Wyoming.
The three proposed federal lease tracts involved are located in southwest Sweetwater County, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) southwest of Green River.
Bishop pushes Ogden as future Bureau of Land Management home
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop said Thursday that Ogden should be the new home of the headquarters of Bureau of Land Management and that he'll make his case when a high-ranking Interior Department official visits the northern Utah city next week.
Bishop said he and Ogden officials plan to give a city tour to the acting assistant secretary of the Department of the Interior, Susan Combs, the Standard-Examiner newspaper reports .
Life returns to BLM land burned by 2012 Cave Canyon Fire
OAKLEY, Idaho (AP) — On the evening of Aug. 5, 2012, a bolt of lightning shot from the clouds, striking the northeastern edge of the South Hills. Minutes later, a trickle of smoke climbed from Cave Canyon, near the Big Cottonwood Wildlife Management Area in Cassia County.
The Cave Canyon Fire soon overtook a neighboring fire and turned into a Type 1 wildfire that was met by the interagency Great Basin Incident Management Team 1 with 50 firefighters from Idaho, Wyoming, Utah and Nevada.
BLM removes sensitive areas from proposed oil and gas sale
ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — Southern Wyoming groups have mixed feelings about the Bureau of Land Management's decision to remove three parcels from an oil and gas lease sales.
Governors: Trump directive could hurt effort to save bird
DENVER (AP) — Some governors in the U.S. West say a new Trump administration directive threatens to undermine a hard-won compromise aimed at saving a beleaguered bird scattered across their region.
The directive, issued in late July, severely limits a type of land swap involving federal property. Critics say that eliminates an important technique for saving habitat for the shrinking population of greater sage grouse.
Public asked to comment on proposed oil and gas lease sale
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials are taking public comment on a proposed oil-and-gas lease sale in December in Montana and western North Dakota.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is proposing to sell leases for 102 parcels covering 69,270 acres in 20 Montana counties and one North Dakota county.
BLM officials say in a statement the 15-day comment period seeks input on issues and potential impacts of drilling those parcels.
Final plan for central Idaho wilderness area approved
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A final management plan is in place for one of three new central Idaho wilderness areas.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service on Thursday signed the Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness Plan.
The plan covers 183 square miles (474 square kilometers) and is described by federal officials as a middle-ground plan when it comes to restrictions on human visitors and activities.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The federal government on Wednesday put on hold one of the largest-ever projects to remove juniper trees to help an imperiled species after an appeal by an environmental group seeking to halt the plan.
A U.S. Department of the Interior administrative panel granted the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's motion to set aside its decision in May to remove juniper trees from about 1,100 square miles (2,800 square kilometers) in Idaho's Owyhee County.
WINNEMUCCA, Nev. (AP) — Federal officials say there are only a few days left for people to submit comments on the proposed changes to the Burning Man counterculture festival.
The Bureau of Land Management says the comment period ends Saturday.
The festival happens every year in northern Nevada's Black Rock Desert, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of Reno.