Bureau of Land Management http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en New Wild Horse Sanctuary Proposed In Lander http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-wild-horse-sanctuary-proposed-lander <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A wild horse sanctuary has been proposed on a 900-acre ranch outside Lander with hopes of providing a haven for as many as 250 horses.&nbsp; Bureau of Land Management spokesman Sarah Beckwith says the agency would pay the sanctuary, just as it does private landowners in the mid-West who adopt horses.&nbsp;The perk is that sanctuaries provide an opportunity for education.</span></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:39:47 +0000 Melodie Edwards 60118 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New Wild Horse Sanctuary Proposed In Lander BLM And Citizens' Group Plan To Clean Up Rogers Canyon http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/blm-and-citizens-group-plan-clean-rogers-canyon <p>Rogers Canyon north of Laramie has long been a favorite destination for cyclists. But also for off-road vehicle riders, gun enthusiasts and people with a trunk full of garbage unwilling to pay the dump fee.&nbsp; Conflicts between the groups have been mounting, and the Bureau of Land Management wants to set new guidelines to make the area safer and cleaner.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:15:34 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59615 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org BLM And Citizens' Group Plan To Clean Up Rogers Canyon New Fracking Project Proposed In Sage Grouse Country http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-fracking-project-proposed-sage-grouse-country <p>A 5000-well oil and gas project proposed for the Powder River Basin is drawing sharp criticism from a wildlife advocacy group. &nbsp;Erik Molvar with WildEarth Guardians says the drilling would take place right in the middle of critical sage grouse habitat.</p><p>“Well, the 5000 wells are projected in an area of over a million acres to the north of Douglas, stretching all the way up in the Thunder Basin National Grassland and including several core areas that have been proposed priority habitat for sage grouse,” Molvar says.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 23:54:52 +0000 Melodie Edwards 58604 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New Fracking Project Proposed In Sage Grouse Country Amid Boom, Regulators Struggle With Staffing http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/amid-boom-regulators-struggle-staffing <p>The newly discovered abundance of domestic oil and gas is creating a shortage of something else: the petroleum engineers who regulate drilling activities. Government petroleum engineers approve companies’ drilling plans and inspect wells after they’re completed to make sure they’re not at risk of contaminating water or blowing out, but as Wyoming Public Radio’s Stephanie Joyce reports, there just aren’t enough petroleum engineers to go around. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 23:08:01 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 58424 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Amid Boom, Regulators Struggle With Staffing BLM Considers Limiting Development On Wilderness-Type Areas Near Rawlins http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/blm-considers-limiting-development-wilderness-type-areas-near-rawlins <p>The Bureau of Land Management is considering protecting some areas in the Red Desert because of their scenic qualities.</p><p>The agency’s Sheila Lehman says they’re considering amending the Rawlins Resource Management Plan, to limit development on parcels of land with important wilderness characteristics.</p><p>“There’s the potential to maybe be able to preserve it a little bit more, or by mitigating certain things to keep that quality – that wilderness quality,” Lehman said.</p><p>Environmental groups are pleased.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:46:10 +0000 Willow Belden 57051 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org BLM Considers Limiting Development On Wilderness-Type Areas Near Rawlins President's Budget Calls for Cutting Fossil Fuel Tax Breaks http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/presidents-budget-calls-cutting-fossil-fuel-tax-breaks <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Repealing tax credits for fossil fuel producers and strengthening the Bureau of Land Management’s oil and gas program are the among the energy proposals in President Obama’s&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/Overview" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;" target="_blank">2015 budget.</a></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 01:22:26 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 54916 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org President's Budget Calls for Cutting Fossil Fuel Tax Breaks Law Professor Discusses Report Claiming Federal Coal Lease System ‘Out Of Date’ http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/law-professor-discusses-report-claiming-federal-coal-lease-system-out-date <p>The Government Accountability Office released a <a href="http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-140">report</a> earlier this week that outlined problems in the federal coal leasing system. The report called the Bureau of Land Management’s process ‘out of date.’</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 23:22:45 +0000 Irina Zhorov 53726 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Law Professor Discusses Report Claiming Federal Coal Lease System ‘Out Of Date’ Report Says BLM's Coal Leasing Program 'Out Of Date' http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/report-says-blms-coal-leasing-program-out-date <p>A <a href="http://gao.gov/products/GAO-14-140">new report</a> by the Government Accountability Office says the Bureau of Land Management’s coal lease valuation program is ‘out of date.’ The report says&nbsp;BLM offices around the country are not consistent in the way they calculate fair market value, don't always document the rationale behind accepting low bids and do not use independent reviewers to ensure calculations are correct.</p><p>It also says the BLM does not properly consider the export potential of coal when calculating fair market value of coal leases.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:32:50 +0000 Irina Zhorov 53531 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Report Says BLM's Coal Leasing Program 'Out Of Date' BLM Plan Would Add Sage Grouse Protections http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/blm-plan-would-add-sage-grouse-protections <p>Sage grouse in Wyoming could get new protections, if a Bureau of Land Management plan is adopted.</p><p>The agency is proposing to cap the amount of disturbance that can happen on public land where the bird lives, and to impose other rules designed to protect sage grouse habitat.</p><p>The BLM’s Lisa Solberg Schwab says part of their plan involves adopting the core area strategy that Wyoming has already established.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 14:55:10 +0000 Willow Belden 53453 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org BLM Plan Would Add Sage Grouse Protections Sage Grouse Concerns Prompt Changes In Reclamation Regs http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/sage-grouse-concerns-prompt-changes-reclamation-regs <p>When energy development happens on public lands, companies have to reclaim the land. That means restoring the landscape after it’s been disturbed. But exactly what’s <em>required</em> varies from one part of the state to another. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports that agencies are making those rules more consistent, in hopes of helping keep sage grouse off the endangered species list.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 23:42:58 +0000 Willow Belden 53059 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Sage Grouse Concerns Prompt Changes In Reclamation Regs Federal sage grouse protection plan draws criticism http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/federal-sage-grouse-protection-plan-draws-criticism <div><p>The federal government released a new plan for managing sage grouse habitat in Wyoming on Friday. The Bureau of Land Management says <a href="http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Planning/amendments/sage-grouse.html" target="_blank">the plan</a> will allow for consistent policies across federal and state lands, while protecting the bird from an endangered species listing.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 23:55:53 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 51895 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Federal sage grouse protection plan draws criticism Advocacy group questions conditions at wild horse corral http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/advocacy-group-questions-conditions-wild-horse-corral <p></p><p>A wild horse advocacy group says conditions at a facility near Rock Springs are inadequate.</p><p>The Bureau of Land Management removes thousands of wild horses from public lands each year. Some are placed in temporary corrals in Rock Springs, until the agency can find a permanent home for them.</p><p>Ginger Katherens with the Cloud Foundation says the corral has almost no shelter, so the horses are subjected to “bitter cold and battering wind.” She acknowledges that wild horses <em>always</em> live outside, but she says this is different.</p> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 00:38:06 +0000 Willow Belden 51290 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Advocacy group questions conditions at wild horse corral Study shows Pinedale water contamination mostly unrelated to gas drilling http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/study-shows-pinedale-water-contamination-mostly-unrelated-gas-drilling <p>Pollutants have been showing up in water wells in the Pinedale Anticline gas field since 2006. Until recently, no one knew where the contamination was coming from. Now, the Bureau of Land Management and Department of Environmental Quality have released a report indicating that most of the problem was not caused by energy production. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:41:24 +0000 Willow Belden 50936 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Study shows Pinedale water contamination mostly unrelated to gas drilling Environmental groups urge speedy development of pollution prevention plan for Pinedale http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/environmental-groups-urge-speedy-development-pollution-prevention-plan-pinedale <p>Environmental groups are urging the Bureau of Land Management to quickly develop a plan for preventing future groundwater pollution in the Pinedale Anticline gas fields.</p><p>The BLM released a report this week that said groundwater contamination in the area was mostly not a result of natural gas production. But Bruce Pendery with the Wyoming Outdoor Council says regulators still need to be vigilant in preventing potential future problems.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 01:17:59 +0000 Willow Belden 50410 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Environmental groups urge speedy development of pollution prevention plan for Pinedale Pollution spikes in Converse County spark concerns over oil and gas expansion http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/pollution-spikes-converse-county-spark-concerns-over-oil-and-gas-expansion <p>Converse County is seeing an increasing amount of energy development, and some residents worry that air quality could suffer as a result. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality and researchers from the University of Wyoming are now monitoring air quality in the area.</p><p>On the whole, they’ve found that the air is pretty clean. But they’ve also documented times when pollution levels have spiked. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 22:36:08 +0000 Willow Belden 49990 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Pollution spikes in Converse County spark concerns over oil and gas expansion Federal fracking rule criticized by states, industry http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/federal-fracking-rule-criticized-states-industry <p>The federal rule on hydraulic fracturing proposed by the Bureau of Land Management came under fire today from state and industry representatives at an energy law conference. The regulations establish nationwide standards for cementing wells and disclosure of chemicals used in fracking fluids.</p><p>Wyoming already has regulations in place for fracking and industry representatives say a federal rule would kowtow to environmental groups, infringe on states’ ability to control their water supply, and wear away states’ rights.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 23:46:19 +0000 Irina Zhorov 49864 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Federal fracking rule criticized by states, industry Uranium mine nears end of permitting process http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uranium-mine-nears-end-permitting-process <p>Wyoming’s newest uranium mine is on the cusp of receiving permits from the federal government.<br /><br />The Bureau of Land Management released a final environmental impact statement for the proposed Gas Hills Uranium Mine last week. The mine would be located roughly 45 miles east of Riverton, and would supply the Smith Ranch-Highland production facility in Converse County.<br /><br />Cameco Resources is proposing in-situ mining for the Gas Hills project. That involves using underground chemical washing to extract the uranium.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 16:15:46 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 49429 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Uranium mine nears end of permitting process BLM rejects bid for coal lease tract (UPDATE) http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/blm-rejects-bid-coal-lease-tract-update <p>The Bureau of Land Management received a single bid at today’s coal lease sale, and it has rejected the offer.&nbsp; Kiewit Mining Properties bid 21cents/ton on the Buckskin Mine Hay Creek II tract. The tract has about 167 million tons of mineable coal and is adjacent to the Buckskin mine, which Kiewit operates.</p><p>However, the bid is the lowest the BLM has received since 2001.</p><p>BLM spokeswoman, Beverly Gorny, says ultimately the bid did not meet the BLM’s secret calculations of what’s considered fair market value.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 22:43:57 +0000 Irina Zhorov 47134 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org BLM rejects bid for coal lease tract (UPDATE) BLM's coal lease sale attracts one bid: 21 cents/ton http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/blms-coal-lease-sale-attracts-one-bid-21-centston <p>The Bureau of Land Management’s coal lease sale today coal lease sale received one bid. The Buckskin Mine Hay Creek II tract is adjacent to the operating Buckskin Mine in Campbell County. The bid came from Buckskin Mine’s operator, Kiewit Mining Properties, and amounted to 21 cents/ton for the estimated 167 million tons of mineable coal in the tract. If accepted, the tract could extend the mine’s life by about eight years.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 21:50:30 +0000 Irina Zhorov 47131 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org BLM's coal lease sale attracts one bid: 21 cents/ton Coal lease sales potentially undervalued, leading to possible millions lost for government http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/coal-lease-sales-potentially-undervalued-leading-possible-millions-lost-government <p>The Bureau of Land Management is responsible for coal on federal lands. That coal makes up about 40 percent of total coal production in the U.S. Of the 314 existing federal coal leases, nearly a quarter of the leases are in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. Companies acquire these leases by bidding on the right to mine the federal coal. It has generated a lot of income, which the federal government splits with states. But not everyone thinks the program is working as it should and that the government might be losing out on money.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 22:29:16 +0000 Irina Zhorov 45845 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Coal lease sales potentially undervalued, leading to possible millions lost for government As agencies control invasive species to protect diversity, some worry about side effects http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/agencies-control-invasive-species-protect-diversity-some-worry-about-side-effects <p>Each year, millions of dollars are spent controlling invasive species in Wyoming. Just about every agency you can think of is involved – from local weed and pest districts, to the Department of Game and Fish, and even the Bureau of Land Management. Many people see their efforts as an important way to protect Wyoming’s diversity. But others worry that removing invasives could sometimes do more harm than good. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 21:02:21 +0000 Willow Belden 45133 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org As agencies control invasive species to protect diversity, some worry about side effects Efforts to restore sage grouse habitat move forward http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/efforts-restore-sage-grouse-habitat-move-forward <p>Last year, we reported on a new project to restore sage grouse habitat that’s been disturbed by energy development in the Powder River Basin. The Bureau of Land Management, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and other agencies are participating in the effort.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 21:48:31 +0000 Willow Belden 42650 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Efforts to restore sage grouse habitat move forward Report: US government getting shortchanged by undervalued coal lease sales http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/report-us-government-getting-shortchanged-undervalued-coal-lease-sales <p></p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 00:23:19 +0000 Irina Zhorov 42154 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Report: US government getting shortchanged by undervalued coal lease sales BLM considers reducing wild horse gathers this fall http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/blm-considers-reducing-wild-horse-gathers-fall <p></p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 00:11:18 +0000 Willow Belden 42152 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org BLM considers reducing wild horse gathers this fall Study finds BLM’s wild horse management practices are flawed http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/study-finds-blm-s-wild-horse-management-practices-are-flawed <p></p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 00:26:33 +0000 Willow Belden 41858 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Study finds BLM’s wild horse management practices are flawed BLM oil and gas land lease sale nets $49 million in revenue http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/blm-oil-and-gas-land-lease-sale-nets-49-million-revenue <p>This week&rsquo;s Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease auction in Cheyenne made a record amount of revenue.</p><p>The Wyoming&nbsp;BLM generated more than 49 million dollars from lease sales on 74 parcels of land, and an unheard-of 8 million dollars came from a single parcel.</p><p>An agency spokeswoman says the number of parcels auction off is determined by the number of nominations submitted from energy companies. In February, BLM auctioned off 31 parcels and in May, only 14.</p> Wed, 03 Aug 2011 23:40:42 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 12098 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org BLM oil and gas land lease sale nets $49 million in revenue