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PHOTO: A new analysis from The Wilderness Society of BLM management plans throughout the West shows that oil and gas is favored other over uses. In Wyoming, 95 percent has been made available for development. Photo courtesy of BLM.

LANDER, Wyo. - Ninety-five percent for oil and gas, 5 percent for everything else. An analysis from The Wilderness Society shows that the Bureau of Land Management has made almost all its land within Wyoming available for development. Nada Culver, director of the society's BLM Action Center, said t ...Read More

PHOTO: Rooftop solar has become a significant enough issue for utility companies to seek new fees from homeowners who install it. Photo by Alfred Twu.

RICHMOND, Va. - Utilities in several states including Virginia are turning to new charges to make up for revenue they're losing to homes with solar power. The price of solar panels has fallen dramatically, and more people are installing them. In response, industry groups are urging states to let po ...Read More

PHOTO: The Board of Oil and Gas Conservation will listen to public complaints about its website today. The Northern Plains Resource Council has requested better transparency at the agency, as people living near areas of intense oil and gas development seek details on impacts. Photo of a Bakken drill rig by Stephanie Gaswirth/USGS.

BILLINGS, Mont. - The Board of Oil and Gas Conservation (BOGC) meets today and the first topic of business is a request from the Northern Plains Resource Council to improve public access to information about the impacts of oil and gas development. Council member Pat Wilson of Bainville says as a r ...Read More

PHOTO: A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision against listing wolverines as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act is being challenged in court. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

JACKSON, Wy. - First they said they would. Then they said they wouldn't. So now, the courts may make the call on whether the wolverine should be listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had proposed the listing last year, but reversed course in Augu ...Read More

PHOTO: New vehicles in the United States are getting better gas mileage than ever before, according to a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency. Photo credit: SDRandCo/morguefile.

DETROIT - Drivers are saving money at the pump, as U.S. fuel economy reaches an all-time high, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA reports model year 2013 vehicles achieved an average of 24.1 miles per gallon. That reflects a half-mile per-gallon improvement over the previous y ...Read More

PHOTO: Poll results show an overwhelming majority of Coloradans want rules preventing the release of "flares" from natural gas extraction on public lands. Photo courtesy: Western Values Project
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DENVER - At times the debate about Colorado's natural resources can fall on either side of party lines, but there is a common ground, according to a new poll released this week by the Western Values Project. It says almost 70-percent of voters in Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota and Utah support ...Read More

PHOTO: Some experts say harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie are spurred by climate change and some outdoor groups in Ohio are supporting the EPA's efforts to reduce carbon pollution linked to climate change. Photo credit: Tom Archer/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - They love the great outdoors, and they're speaking out about why it needs to be protected, in Ohio and around the nation. A coalition representing hunters, anglers and other sportsmen are banding together to show their support for the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Pl ...Read More

PHOTO: Advocates for clean energy continued their push this week to convince Puget Sound Energy to transition from using power from the Colstrip Generating Station in Montana to more locally-generated wind and solar power, as well as energy efficiency. Photo courtesy of Sierra Club.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is catching some heat from the 30 percent of their electrical power that comes from burning Montana coal. On Wednesday in Olympia, the utility company was presented with more than 10,000 petitions asking it step up the use of clean energy and energy efficie ...Read More

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