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Judge approves deal in methane pollution lawsuit

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An agreement between the U.S. government and environmentalists who sued over greenhouse gas emissions from federal oil and gas leases in Montana has been approved by a judge. U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon issued an order on Thursday finalizing the agreement. It allows drilling to proceed on two dozen oil and gas leases with only minimal ...

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Bureau of Land Management to offer more than 100 parcels for lease for oil and gas

Colorado’s Bureau of Land Management’s quarterly competitive oil and gas lease sale is scheduled for 9 a.m. Nov. 2 at the Colorado State Office in Lakewood. The BLM will offer 19 parcels totaling 10,050 acres within the Royal Gorge Field Office and 102 United States Forest Service parcels totaling 19,487 acres within the Pawnee National Grassland, according to a Monday ...

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Feds hold Montana public meeting on coal program

BILLINGS, Mont. — Several people told federal officials in a crowded public meeting they need to change how royalties are collected from coal mining, while others questioned whether the government is trying to put the coal industry out of business. The U.S. Interior Department’s public meeting in Billings is one of five on how the government leases coal and collects ...

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Oil company asking to drill test well west of Lima

An oil exploration company is proposing to drill a 10,000-foot vertical test well in the Tendoy Mountains, eight miles west of Lima in extreme southwestern Montana. Lima Exploration Co., a subsidiary of the Denver-based Great Western Oil and Gas Co., applied for a drilling permit with the Bureau of Land Management on July 13, said David Abrams, public affairs specialist ...

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Proposed BLM regulations draw industry criticism

FARMINGTON — On July 10, the Bureau of Land Management announced proposed updates to its 25-year-old oil and gas regulations in an effort to help ensure states, tribes and taxpayers get fair royalty returns on resources taken from public lands. The proposed rule changes, announced Friday, will update the BLM’s “Onshore Oil and Gas Order Number 3 (Order 3),” which ...

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BLM plans to update 1989 oil and gas industry regulations

FARMINGTON — The Bureau of Land Management has announced proposed updates to its 25-year-old oil and gas regulations in an effort to help ensure states, tribes and taxpayers get fair royalty returns on resources taken from public lands. The proposed rule changes, announced Friday, will update the BLM’s “Onshore Oil and Gas Order Number 3 (Order 3),” which was set ...

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Groups sue feds over drilling in northwest New Mexico

A pump jack which produces oil from the Permian Basin in Artesia, New Mexico, is seen in this undated handout photo provided by Devon. REUTERS/Devon Energy/Handout via NewsCred

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A coalition of environmental groups is suing the federal government over the approval of oil and gas drilling permits in northwestern New Mexico. The groups filed their lawsuit Wednesday as they prepared to rally at the State Capitol. They contend that more development and hydraulic fracturing could harm the environment and sites such as the Chaco Culture ...

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Oil lease meeting draws wary residents

About 150 residents of the Casper and Evansville areas were present for a public informational session led by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Thursday, The Casper Journal reports. The meeting’s discussion zeroed-in on propositions of federal oil and gas leases for 22,000 acres in the area. The Bureau held off 12 acres of the land slated for this month’s ...

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BLM district manager says pipeline project environmental assessment draft to come this summer

FARMINGTON – Last week, Victoria Barr, the new district manager for the Bureau of Land Management’s Farmington Field Office, created a map that shows active leases and special designated areas near Chaco Canyon National Historical Park. Barr said she created the map informally as a way to help show BLM’s mission and involvement in a controversial proposed pipeline project. The ...

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