Parcels proposed for an oil and gas lease sale in Colorado are not located on National Park Service land, according to a spokesman with the Colorado branch of the Bureau of Land Management. Public criticism of the acreage located due east of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve have called the potential September 2018 lease sale offerings an “attack” on the park itself.

BLM Relocation To West Appears Closer To Reality

by Michael Sandoval April 12, 2018

A decision to relocate the headquarters for the Bureau of Land Management to Grand Junction, Colo. may be inching closer, according to Interior Department leadership. “This is real,” said Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, the Interior Department’s second in command.

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The Environmental Protection Agency and state regulators need to aggressively pursue cleanup of sites throughout the West in order to complete their basic mission of protecting the environment without onerous regulations, but need new ‘Good Samaritan’ legislation to help get the job done, a top EPA agency official and a Colorado environmental regulator agreed on Wednesday. Doug Benevento, EPA’s Region 8 Administrator, said his number one priority for his region and the West was addressing abandoned mines.

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Cultivating a safety culture of requires strategy, focus, communication and a mix of technology, but it’s the “most important thing” a mining company can do, according to an executive at one of the world’s largest gold producers. Andrew Woodley, Regional Senior Vice President North America for Newmont USA Limited, sat down with Western Wire at the Colorado Mining Association’s 120th National Western Mining Conference to discuss safety in the mining industry and how his company has worked to build a zero-harm safety culture and incorporated new technology to assist with that effort.

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The Interior Department is not finished streamlining permitting operations or reviewing and rescinding onerous policies under the Trump administration’s guidance, a senior department official told a Denver audience today. Joe Balash, Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management at the Department of the Interior (DOI), said that the goals set out by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in his first year are still being aggressively pursued, including reorganization of the department’s several bureaus, making the permitting process more responsive and efficient, and possibly relocating portions of the Bureau of Land Management to the West.


The Bureau of Land Management’s first quarterly lease sale for oil and gas development on the agency’s multiple-use lands in 2018 opened quietly after a robust showing in 2017 that saw Western states draw nearly $350 million in receipts. March’s competitive online auctions drew $21,459,114.50, according to sales records.


Twelve different technologies from 11 organizations from drones to plane and truck monitors aimed at detecting and measuring methane emissions have been selected to advance to the testing phase of the Mobile Monitoring Challenge, the competition’s sponsors announced this week. The Natural Gas Initiative, presented by Stanford University and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), announced the finalists for field testing of adaptive methane leak detection technologies “deployed on trucks, drones and planes.”

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