Federal acres bring prosperity to rural areas — study
Rural counties with a higher share of federal lands in the West enjoy greater economic benefits than areas with less federal lands, according to a new study that challenges arguments that public lands kill economic opportunity and job creation.
Bills would designate wilderness in 2 N.M. monuments
New Mexico's Democratic senators have reintroduced bills that would designate tens of thousands of acres within two national monuments in their home state as national wilderness areas.
Online leasing could be vulnerable to hacking — Grijalva
Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D) wants the Government Accountability Office to assess whether the Bureau of Land Management's use of online oil and gas lease sales is secure from computer hackers, a move derided by an industry representative as a political ploy.
BLM delays offering lease parcels near Zion
The Bureau of Land Management has decided to pull two parcels near Zion National Park from a planned June oil and gas lease sale, in part to allow the National Park Service to conduct more analysis on possible impacts to Utah's most-visited national park.
OIL AND GAS
Industry drops lawsuit against Obama grouse plan in Nev.
The oil and gas industry has withdrawn a portion of a multistate federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the Obama administration's sweeping greater sage grouse conservation plans.