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Judge Blocks Drilling Over Climate Concerns

March 21, 2019 — In a ruling that could reverberate across federally managed lands, a U.S. district court judge on Monday found that the Bureau of Land Management must take climate change into account when deciding whether toMore

BLM Considers Burning Man Expansion

March 19, 2019 — The Bureau of Land Management is considering a request to allow 20,000 more people to attend the Burning Man celebration in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert each year. Currently, 80,000 people are permitted to attendMore

West Virginia Hydro Project Rejected

March 15, 2019 — The Forest Service has rejected a proposal to build a $1.2 billion hydroelectric facility in the mountains of West Virginia, saying the project would harm rare species and degrade federally protected wetlands. FreedomWorks LLC,More

Court Rules Against Atlantic Coast Pipeline Again

February 26, 2019 — The bad news keeps coming for backers of a controversial natural gas pipeline that would span the Appalachian Mountains. Yesterday, a federal appellate court declined to reconsider its earlier finding that the Forest ServiceMore

Forest Service Proposes Reopening Road Through Grizzly Habitat

February 22, 2019 — The southern border isn’t the only place where Trump Administration proposals are stirring controversy. Last week, officials with the Idaho Panhandle National Forests issued a draft record of decision to rebuild a long-abandoned stretchMore

Majority Support Keeping Roadless Rule in Place for Tongass

February 19, 2019 — More than 140,000 people submitted comments or signed petitions on a proposal to revise or rescind a rule that protects wild stretches of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest from road-building and logging, with the majorityMore

BLM Withdraws New Mexico Oil and Gas Leases

February 11, 2019 — Facing pressure from conservationists, Native American tribes and members of Congress, Bureau of Land Management officials have decided not to offer oil and natural gas leases near Chaco Culture National Historic Park in NewMore

More Problems for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

February 7, 2019 — Construction has halted on the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline, as the pipeline’s proponents grapple with adverse judicial rulings and growing skepticism that the project will go forward. Dominion Energy, the project’s lead developer, isMore

Groups Sue Forest Service Over Grazing

February 4, 2019 — A pair of environmental groups is suing the Forest Service for approving livestock grazing in an area of southwest Colorado that is home to bighorn sheep. In establishing a new grazing allotment for domesticMore