Alaska sues federal government, contending state controls riverbed, not BLM

In its complaint, Alaska said it gained title to submerged lands and navigable waters when it acquired statehood, unless the federal government made any claims prior. The state said the federal government based its claim to ownership on a 1984 administrative decision of the Alaska office of federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Chris Ford Frontiersman.com Alaska files lawsuit over […]

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Interior Department fumbles, Nevada gets brief stay from sage grouse rules

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who filed the suit on behalf of the state, said of Du’s ruling, “The federal government’s greater sage-grouse land-use plan obstructs Nevada’s growth and development, and harms our ranchers, miners and recreation workers. Thomas Mitchell Elko Daily Free Press Commentary: State makes progress in challenging sage grouse rules Nevada won a temporary reprieve from the […]

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BLM revision plan means states have more say, but enviros hate it

Indeed, in directing BLM to “make every effort to restore order, focus, and efficiency to the Federal land planning process,” Zinke clearly takes aim at green groups, as well as what the former Republican congressman from Montana often complained was federal government overreach. Scott Streater E&E News Zinke orders BLM ‘back to the drawing board’ on land use, NEPA Interior […]

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Local View: Recapture Canyon NOT reopened, Zinke hiding behind ‘PR smokescreen’

The problem is that none of the trails shown on the map were part of the Recapture emergency closure in 2007. Matter of fact these roads and trails have never been closed. So what did the citizens of San Juan County get out of this so called good news? Not one thing we didn’t already have. Monte Wells The Petroglyph […]

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Zinke reopens Recapture Canyon, site of 2014 public access showdown

“Recreation on public lands is a big part of what we do at the Interior Department and the BLM, but for many persons with disabilities or for people who just don’t get around like they used to, our public lands aren’t accessible without motorized vehicles. Allowing ATVs and other vehicles in Recapture Canyon will open up opportunities for people to […]

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Would move west improve BLM accountability, or put the fox in the hen house?

All this make it worth pondering the question of whether BLM HQ should be moved to rural Western Colorado–which, by the way, has been economically harmed because of anti-fossil fuel BLM regulations, and its heavy-handed interference with ranching, farming, and other resource-based industries. Will moving the less-than-popular Bureau of Land Management’s national operations to the rural West be the equivalent […]

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Texas landowners win victory against Obama-era BLM land grabs

“It was our contention all along that the BLM’s surveys were conducted improperly and unlawfully,” Paxton said in a statement. “We will vigilantly defend Texas’ border from federal overreach.” David Lee Courthouse News Service Texans applaud suspension of U.S. land surveys WICHITA FALLS, Texas (CN) – Texas landowners cheered Friday for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s halting of controversial […]

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Extreme greens lawsuits delay BLM payment of $69.9 million to New Mexico

BLM spokeswoman Donna Hummel said two environmental groups — Wild Earth Guardians and the Center for Biological Diversity — formally protested all parcels in the BLM’s Sep. 4 lease sale. That triggered a formal review process that has yet to be completed. Until it is, there’s no certainty the leases will be finalized, or that the money the state is due because […]

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Fossil Fuels Ascending: BLM Acting Director puts renewables on back burner

President Trump this week ordered BLM to “expeditiously” rescind its hydraulic fracturing regulations and review its methane venting and flaring rule. Zinke also ended the moratorium on new coal leasing, revoked the department’s policy on offsetting development impacts on natural resources, and ordered a review of all its rules on climate change, mitigation and energy development. Scott Streater Energy & […]

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From the D.C. swamp to the West: Will Trump relocate federal land agencies?

“[Zinke’s] view is that we have too many people working in Interior in Washington, D.C., when the work that needs to be done is out in the states and particularly in the West, and he wants to move a lot of the management decisions and a lot of the people from Washington out to the states…” Rocky Barker Idaho Statesman […]

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