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Bidder 70

Bidder 70

In 2008 a young environmental activist named Tim DeChristopher bid on 13 parcels of land quietly put up for auction by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the waning days of the Bush Administration. This land was part of a larger offering by the BLM of federal public land in an attempt to open it up to oil and gas exploration. The majority of the land was near national parks in southern Utah.

Mass Roundup of Nevada Wild Horses Illegal, Lawsuit Alleges

Mass Roundup of Nevada Wild Horses Illegal, Lawsuit Alleges

Plans for a massive roundup and removal of more than 2,700 wild horses from public lands in Nevada were challenged today in federal court in Washington, DC.

Utah Land Avoids Oil Industry

Utah Land Avoids Oil Industry

By PAUL FOY – February 4 2009 – SALT LAKE CITY In a high-profile reversal of the Bush administration, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Wednesday the government is scrapping the lease of 77 parcels of federal land for oil and gas drilling in Utah’s redrock country. “In the last weeks in office, the Bush administration…

Court Halts Oil and Gas Leasing in Utah Wilderness

Court Halts Oil and Gas Leasing in Utah Wilderness

WASHINGTON, DC, January 19, 2009 (ENS) – At least 110,000 acres of pristine Utah wilderness is temporarily protected from oil and gas companies due to a ruling Saturday night by a federal judge in a case brought by conservationists. Judge Ricardo Urbina of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted a temporary…

Robert Redford: Democracy Is Working

Robert Redford: Democracy Is Working

Democracy is working. At least that’s the news for now from my friends at the Natural Resources Defense Council, which has filed a lawsuit against last-minute Bush Administration plans to lease huge swaths of majestic wilderness in Utah for oil and gas extraction. Late last night, NRDC and a coalition of environmental and preservation groups…

Utah Oil and Gas Lease Auction Protested, Legal Deal Struck

Utah Oil and Gas Lease Auction Protested, Legal Deal Struck

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, December 19, 2008 (ENS) – Today, in front of the Bureau of Land Management headquarters in Salt Lake City, more than 100 demonstrators braved the wind and cold hoping their protest could save some of Utah’s prime wilderness lands from destruction for oil and gas development. Inside, the BLM was auctioning…

Robert Redford: You Can't Put A Price On Silence Or Solitude

Robert Redford: You Can't Put A Price On Silence Or Solitude

You can’t put a price on silence or solitude. You can’t quantify the beauty of wilderness. And yet that’s not going to stop the Bush administration from trying to sell off what should be the birthright of future generations. In three days, this Friday, 110,000 acres of majestic Utah wild lands go on the auction…

Bush Tries to Kickstart U.S. Oil Shale Development

Bush Tries to Kickstart U.S. Oil Shale Development

WASHINGTON, DC, November 18, 2008 (ENS) – The Bush administration finalized regulations to govern the commercial development of oil shale on federal lands on Monday, rebuffing concerns that the rules are premature and ignoring the serious environmental concerns about tapping the resource. Administration officials said investors keen to unlock the nation’s vast oil shale resources…

Bailout Compensates Counties for Eco-Services on Federal Lands

Bailout Compensates Counties for Eco-Services on Federal Lands

WASHINGTON, DC, November 7, 2008 (ENS) – Part of the $700 billion bailout of the U.S. financial system rushed into law in October will go to local governments to compensate for taxes that could not be levied on federal lands in their jurisdictions. The local governments provide services such as transportation, firefighting and emergency response…

Feds Plan to Kill Thousands of Wild Horses

Feds Plan to Kill Thousands of Wild Horses

RENO, Nevada, July 10, 2008 (ENS) – Count the wild horse of the American West as another potential casualty of spiraling energy prices. The federal Bureau of Land Management, which oversees management of wild horses and burros on public lands, said sharply rising energy costs are driving budget problems that compel the agency to consider…

ARCO Pays $2.7 Million to Contain Waste at Old Copper Mine

ARCO Pays $2.7 Million to Contain Waste at Old Copper Mine

SAN FRANCISCO, California, June 29, 2008 (ENS) – The Atlantic Richfield Company, ARCO, has been ordered to reimburse the federal government $2.77 million for work already performed to clean up abandoned wastes from the Anaconda copper mine that are contaminating air and water in central Nevada. The order issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency…

Feds Freeze Western Solar Power for Environmental Analysis

Feds Freeze Western Solar Power for Environmental Analysis

WASHINGTON, DC, June 27, 2008 (ENS) – The federal government is calling a halt to new applications for solar power developments on public land in six western states while the 125 applications now in the pipeline are evaluated. The evaluation of both current and future applications will depend on the results of an environmental impact…

Alaskan Arctic Wilderness Lake Closed to Oil and Gas Leasing

Alaskan Arctic Wilderness Lake Closed to Oil and Gas Leasing

WASHINGTON, DC, May 20, 2008 (ENS) – In a plan released Friday, the Bureau of Land Management, BLM, announced that it will make land available for leasing in the northeast portion of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska that could yield nearly three billion barrels of oil. The planned leases could yield trillions of cubic…

Bush Administration Takes Aim at National Parks Gun Ban

Bush Administration Takes Aim at National Parks Gun Ban

WASHINGTON, DC, May 1, 2008 (ENS) – The Bush administration on Wednesday announced its intent to shoot down federal rules that prohibit individuals from carrying loaded firearms in U.S. national parks and wildlife refuges. The proposal would permit individuals to carry loaded and concealed weapons if permitted by state laws in the state where the…

Asbestos Risk Closes Central California's Clear Creek Area

Asbestos Risk Closes Central California's Clear Creek Area

HOLLISTER, California, May 1, 2008 (ENS) – People enjoying recreational activities at the Clear Creek Management Area in central California may not realize it but they are exposing themselves to high levels of asbestos in the soil, which increases their risk of developing cancer. Based on the findings of a new study of asbestos exposure…

Lawsuit Challenges Pipeline Road Approved in Roadless Forests

Lawsuit Challenges Pipeline Road Approved in Roadless Forests

DENVER, Colorado, March 14, 2008 (ENS) – In a lawsuit that could serve as a national test case to interpret the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule, a coalition of conservation groups is challenging approval of a natural gas pipeline that would require construction of more than eight miles of new roads in protected roadless areas.…

Track Climate Change at Home With Project BudBurst

Track Climate Change at Home With Project BudBurst

BOULDER, Colorado, February 15, 2008 (ENS) – By noticing when plants bud, flower and leaf out, volunteers can track climate change as part of a nationwide initiative starting Friday. Project BudBurst allows students, gardeners, and other citizen scientists in every state to enter their observations into an online database that will give researchers a detailed…

Fish and Wildlife Service Claims Sacramento River Islands

Fish and Wildlife Service Claims Sacramento River Islands

SACRAMENTO, California, January 2, 2008 (ENS) – Two islands in the Sacramento River owned by the federal government have been closed to filing of new mining claims and are proposed to be withdrawn from the general land laws and transferred from the Bureau of Land Management to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Todd Island…

Shoshone Use Film, Courts to Fight Gold Mine on Sacred Land

Shoshone Use Film, Courts to Fight Gold Mine on Sacred Land

CRESCENT VALLEY, Nevada, December 6, 2007 (ENS) – The 32nd Annual American Indian Film Festival presented Western Shoshone grandmother Carrie Dann with the Eagle Spirit award for best overall contribution in American Indian cinema at an awards ceremony November 27. “Our Land, Our Life,” the film that shows the Western Shoshonesí determined struggle to maintain…