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  • 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

  • The anatomy of an energy lease

    The BLM’s decision to lease land for energy exploration in the watersheds of Grand Junction and Palisade, Colo., reveals the way oil and gas leasing works

  • Safety first

    Steve Ficklin is an oil and gas safety inspector for the Bureau of Land Management in western Colorado

  • Waypoints of the heart

    The writer loves geocache hunts — and wishes everything in life were that simple

  • Interior's new secretary — general or footsoldier?

    Newly appointed Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne has a chance to use his deal-making abilities to bring change to the way Western public lands are managed

  • Public acres for sale

    President Bush revives a proposal to sell off public lands managed by the BLM and the Forest Service as part of his 2007 budget

  • 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

  • BLM boosts winter drilling

    The BLM wants to allow oil and gas companies to drill near Pinedale, Wyo., in wintertime, and some conservationists think the change may actually help declining mule deer populations

  • Oil drillers get 'one-stop shopping' at no extra cost

    A provision in the new energy bill promises funding to speed up the oil and gas permitting process in BLM offices – without costing the industry an extra penny

  • Sacred cows in the public’s paradise

    The writer seeks beauty in a valley called Paradise but finds cows instead

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