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  • The leasing protest game

    Conservationists can file formal protests when the BLM wants to auction off public land to energy companies, but the differences between regional management plans and styles make the protest game little more than a crapshoot.

  • A cheer for Interior Secretary Salazar's new approach

    A cheer for Interior Secretary Salazar's new approach

    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is not to blame for the oil and gas industry’s economic problems

  • Leasing lag?

    The BLM is offering less land for oil and gas leasing in Wyoming.

  • 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

  • Vermillion surprise

    Vermillion surprise

    BLM's no-drilling decision in Colorado startles locals.

  • The federal energy two-step

    The federal energy two-step

    Oil and gas companies are furious with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, but environmentalists wonder if he’ll go far enough in restraining the industry.

  • The Latest Bounce

    California Coastal Commission rejects 36 oil and gas leases; EPA proposes two-stage regulation for radiation exposure at Yucca Mountain; developer’s attorneys have to pay legal fees in lawsuit against environmentalist; wannabe border patrol volunteer lose

  • Western legislatures grab for control of public lands

    Western legislatures grab for control of public lands

    Some Western states are rekindling the Sagebrush Rebellion and demanding ownership of federal lands -- but it's not just about local control.

  • Obama's record on Western environmental issues

    Obama's record on Western environmental issues

    Not everybody is happy, but the Obama administration is making slow but steady progress in dealing with the West's environmental issues.

  • When can the BLM say 'no'?

    BLM and Forest Service officials say they have little power to prevent drilling in an area once it’s been OK’d for leasing, but critics say the government simply refuses to use its power

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