Agency’s preferred alternatives don’t account for four-year population slide, wildfire risks or landscape-scale coordination as the BLM aligns federal conservation plans with states’, experts charge. Others back the federal plan.
oil and gas
With oil and gas prices at an all-time low, the BLM continues putting public lands out for bid to an industry that is in an economic tailspin, writes guest columnist Franz Camenzind, even as COVID-19 inhibits public participation.
State calls for new monitoring to ensure salty water is not affecting streams’ quality.
Grouse team leader says tweaked recommendations don’t change state’s commitment as Gordon adopts “vast majority” of expert advice.
Regulators seek more study — or another environmental impact statement — to allow 4,250 wells to be drilled in Moneta Divide expansion.