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U.S. Takes Key Step To Implement Sage Grouse Conservation PlanFederal land managers have issued new guidelines that will help determine what restrictions are imposed on oil and gas drilling, livestock grazing and other activities in the West to protect the greater sage grouse.
Groups Challenge Federal Oil, Gas Leasing On Climate GroundsThe federal government needs to consider greenhouse emissions and the potential contribution to climate change before allowing oil and gas development on public land, two environmental groups asserted Thursday in a lawsuit over drilling in Western states.
Study: Most Of Methane Hot Spot Comes From Natural Gas LeaksA puzzling concentration of the greenhouse gas methane over the Southwestern United States appears to come mostly from leaks in natural gas production, scientists said Monday.
EPA Hears Widely Different Views On Methane Emission ThreatOver-regulating methane emissions could discourage the use of environment-friendly natural gas, an energy industry representative told the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday.
Colorado Already Has Methane Curbs Tougher Than ProposalStrict limits on methane emissions passed a year ago in Colorado mean the state's energy producers will not be affected by the federal government's new plan to crack down on the powerful greenhouse gas.
Democrats Reintroduce 'Frack Pack' Oil And Gas RegulationsA group of bills called the "Frack Pack" announced Thursday by four Democratic congressmen would impose more stringent federal environmental regulations on a domestic petroleum industry lately suffering from its own success amid a persistent downturn in oil prices.
Federal Government Limits Drilling In White River National ForestThe federal government is making more than 90 percent of the 2.2-million-acre White River National Forest off-limits to future energy exploration.
Gunnison Sage Grouse Gets Federal ProtectionFederal officials granted protection to the Gunnison sage grouse on Wednesday, a move that could bring restrictions on oil and gas drilling and other activity to preserve the bird's habitat in parts of Colorado and Utah.
U.S. Senate Majority Could Rest On The Sage GrouseAn obscure, chicken-sized bird best known for its mating dance could help determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the U.S. Senate in November.
Threatened Bird Leads Feds To Block Some Drilling In Colorado, UtahThe federal government this week declared more than 400,000 acres in southwestern Colorado and eastern Utah off-limits to energy exploration or any other kind of development to protect the Gunnison sage grouse.
Natural Gas Production In Colorado Could Ramp Up Even MoreNatural gas production in Colorado could increase dramatically over the next few years after the Department of Energy cleared the way for more gas to be exported.
Johnston, McNulty Say Stable Oil, Gas Rules NeededTwo Colorado state legislators say a stable regulatory environment is what makes it possible for energy developers to do business.

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