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  • Energy companies score massive refund checks

    A federal judge has ordered the government to buy back offshore oil and gas leases that energy companies say can’t be developed, leading some to wonder if the BLM will have to do the same with leases in potential wilderness areas

  • Bush's second-term shake-ups

    Some of the less-publicized political appointments of George W. Bush’s second term will have huge effects on the West. Meet the people who will direct the EPA and the departments of Energy, Agriculture and the Interior.

  • Follow-up

    Judge Dee Benson reconsiders the Norton-Leavitt 2003 wilderness settlement; New Mexico’s Otero Mesa back on the oil and gas auction block; former NOAA administrator James Lecky accused of doctoring science in controversial biological opinion

  • Washing our hands

    The writer tells of an unexpected encounter with Interior Secretary Gale Norton, and the conversation that ensued

  • Follow-up

    New Mexico joins states suing the Environmental Protection Agency for weakening the Clean Air Act; new cleanup schedule for Hanford Nuclear Reservation; court says wastewater from coalbed methane drilling is industrial waste; and Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt be

  • Follow-up

    EPA boss Mike Leavitt approves Bush’s Clear Skies Initiative; Bush signs Healthy Forests Restoration Act; Forest Service lays off workers to privatize jobs; and former government officials form Environment 2004 to criticize Bush’s environmental policies

  • Who’s at the helm?

    While Congress debates whether Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt should take over the Environmental Protection Agency, the agency itself plows ahead in an anti-environmental direction

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