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FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2013, file photo, Ingrid Forsmark kayaks on Kintla Lake in Glacier National Park, Mont. The Interior Department plans to cancel a long-suspended oil and gas drilling lease near Glacier National Park that's on land considered sacred to the Blackfoot tribes of the U.S. and Canada, according to court documents filed Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Volz, File)

U.S. to cancel lease on land sacred to Blackfoot Indian tribes

Tribal leaders said such a move would make up for a wrong done to them in 1982, when the government issued the lease without consulting the tribes.
sage grouse fight

Judge: Battle to prove need to block U.S. rules on sage grouse

The groups are suing the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management and asking for a temporary injunction to block the proposed rules before a trial.
(RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

U.S. unveils plan to limit drilling on energy-rich Colorado plateau

The compromise settled a lawsuit filed by environmentalists who want to preserve the plateau’s forests, meadows, streams and wildlife.

ConocoPhillips wins drilling permit for project in Alaska’s petroleum reserve

The company first applied to produce oil from its Greater Mooses Tooth site in Alaska 13 years ago.
In this March 25, 2014 photo, a worker oils a pump during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. The first experimental use of hydraulic fracturing was in 1947, and more than 1 million U.S. oil and oil wells have been fracked since, according to the American Petroleum Institute. The National Petroleum Council estimates that up to 80 percent of natural oil wells drilled in the next decade will require hydraulic fracturing. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Environmentalists and energy companies lobby administration on coming methane rule

The Obama administration has telegraphed its plans to “reduce wasteful venting, flaring and leaks of natural gas from onshore wells” on federal and Indian leases nationwide.
A well is drilled at an Apache Energy site in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, Feb. 14, 2012. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Obama administration’s new fracking rules blocked by U.S. judge in Wyoming

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl puts on hold the most closely-watched effort by the Obama administration to ensure that fracking doesn’t contaminate water supplies.
A male sage grouse performs  his "strut." (AP Photo/Rawlins Daily Times, Jerret Raffety, File)

With no protections for Sage Grouse, focus is on land-use

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans outline measures to help sage grouse across 67 million acres of public lands throughout the West, including 12 million acres of prime habitat where strict limits on oil and gas limits will be enforced.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speaks with reporters at a media roundtable on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (Photo: Christian Science Monitor)

New rules for methane aim to thwart wasting valuable natural gas, official says

Venting valuable natural gas into the atmosphere is a “crazy” practice, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday.
A well is drilled at an Apache Energy site in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, Feb. 14, 2012. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

EPA pushes rules slashing methane, hinting oil industry hasn’t gone far enough

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed the new regulations Tuesday, making a significant step toward fulfilling the White House’s March pledge to pare oil and gas methane emissions by 40 to 45 percent by 2025.
(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Federal drilling rules deferred until September

Federal District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl had already decided to temporarily stay the Interior Department rule while he waits for more information from the government and weighs an oil industry request for a longer-term injunction blocking the drilling mandates.