Tag: BLM

Obama moves forward on new oil and gas rules for public lands

The Bureau of Land Management’s announcement that it would be proposing changes — and inviting public comment on the scope of them — marks the first major effort in decades to update onshore royalty rates that are among the lowest in the world.  More »

Methane leaks from city pipes have dropped sharply, study finds

The research suggests that advancements in equipment and better maintenance are helping drive down emissions of the potent heat-trapping gas.  More »

Wyoming suit contests federal rules for public land drilling

The lawsuit in U.S. District Court of Wyoming also claims the U.S. Bureau of Land Management overstepped its statutory jurisdiction with the rules and that they conflict with the Safe Drinking Water Act.  More »

North Dakota might challenge new federal fracking rule

The Obama administration is requiring companies that drill for oil and gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing drilling technique.  More »

Industry swiftly challenges feds’ new fracturing rule

The lawsuit brought by the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Western Energy Alliance challenges the new mandates as “a reaction to unsubstantiated concerns.”  More »

New federal mandates target hydraulic fracturing

Although the rule only applies to development on public and tribal lands — where there are more than 100,000 oil and gas wells today — environmentalists have argued that tough federal protections could provide inspiration for state regulators.  More »

Feds to impose hydraulic fracturing mandates

The Bureau of Land Management regulation set to be issued Friday has drawn fire from industry leaders who insist well-tailored state rules are better than one-size-fits-all federal mandates.  More »

Report: Oil and gas on public lands a ‘blind spot’ in climate fight

The report pinpoints rising methane emissions from oil and gas wells on public lands and waters as a significant share of the heat-trapping gases tied to all energy development nationwide.  More »

New fracking rules coming in ‘days’

The mandates are aimed at boosting the integrity of wells on public lands to ensure oil, gas and other fluids are contained within them and ensuring recovered water and other fluids are safely stored at the sites.  More »

Jewell outlines administration’s plans for energy on public lands

Public lands should play a role in both energy development and environmental protection, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday.  More »

BLM clears way for petroleum reserve development

The decision is a shift from the alternative that BLM had earlier selected as its preferred option. But it aligns with the alternative chosen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  More »

White House methane plan takes aim at oil and gas industry

White House officials said the plan aims to cut oil and gas emissions of the powerful heat-trapping greenhouse gas by 40 to 45 percent within a decade, from 2012 levels.  More »

Feds plan to hold Idaho oil and gas lease sale

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Monday opened a 30-day public comment period about the proposed lease sale that will offer 6,350 acres to potential drilling in southwest Idaho.  More »

Sage grouse scares off BLM oil, gas bidders in Nevada

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to decide early next year whether to grant a petition by conservationists to list the bird as threatened or endangered.  More »

Congress set to renew drilling permit program

A program accelerating government processing of drilling permits on federal land could get new life if Congress passes a sweeping defense authorization bill next week.  More »
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