Tag Archives: New Mexico

Judge Blocks Waters of U.S. Rule

EPA-300A federal judge in North Dakota has blocked a new rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over most state waters. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson of North Dakota issued a temporary injunction Thursday against the Obama administration rule. The rule gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Continue reading

States Start Water Conservation Program

WATER CONSERVATIONThe states of Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico have begun a test program to shore up declining reservoir levels if the 15-year drought that has plagued the Colorado River continues into the future. On July 1st, the four states approved 10 projects that allow farmers, municipalities and other water users to Continue reading

State and Federal Officials Clash on Reopening of Animas River

EPA-300Colorado and federal officials are at odds over whether it’s safe to reopen the Animas River to recreation after the EPA spilled 3 million gallons of toxic mine water into it, while working at the Gold King Mine. The bright orange color is gone, and officials say tests show the concentration of metals in the water – including arsenic and lead – Continue reading

McCarthy to Visit Site of EPA Spill

mccarthyThe administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency will visit Durango today to observe the response efforts of crews working to cleanup last week’s mine waste spill that turned the Animas River orange, sparking an emergency declaration in two states. The EPA’s Gina McCarthy will also visit Farmington, New Continue reading

Interior Department Sets Meetings to Discuss Coal

coalU.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced yesterday that the BLM will host a series of listening sessions on the federal coal program. The discussions will seek information from the public about how the BLM can best Continue reading

Poll Shows Westerners Want Balance of Environmental and Energy Values

wvpAccording to a public opinion poll released yesterday by Western Values Project and conducted by Public Policy Polling, one of the most accurate polling companies in America, the majority of western voters Continue reading

Texas Company Ordered by Colorado to Cease and Desist Recruiting Investors

natural-gasThe Colorado Division of Securities has issued a cease and desist order against a Texas firm and its owner, accusing the firm of telling investors the firm had invented new technology to dispose of Continue reading

Bill Would Encourage Spending Lottery Proceeds on Bike Trails

Bicycle 32A recreational bike trail from Wyoming to New Mexico is a goal set by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. A proposal before the Colorado Senate could play a part in that goal. The Senate Finance Committee started work yesterday on a bill to encourage Parks and Wildlife and local governments to spend a portion of the net lottery Continue reading

Lawmakers Mulling Right-to-die Legislation

co-state-capitol-300Colorado Democrats are introducing legislation to allow the terminally ill choose when they die, with the help of doctor-prescribed medication. Democrats from the House and Senate announced details of the proposal yesterday, Continue reading

Tipton’s Transparency Bill Heard in House Committee

SCOTT-TIPTON-300Congressman Scott Tipton’s (CO-03) legislation to increase transparency in public land transfers received a hearing in the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation yesterday. Tipton’s bill seeks to improve the transparency, oversight and notification of land exchanges involving U.S. Continue reading

Energy Group Launches Campaign against Sage Grouse Listing

WESTERN ENERGY ALLIANCEWestern Energy Alliance has launched an ad campaign to educate westerners on how a listing of the Greater Sage-Grouse under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) would Continue reading

WildEarth Guardians Sue to Stop Mining at ColoWyo and Trapper

COAL-MINING-300Coal industry representatives say lawsuits against mines in three Western states, including Trapper and Colowyo Mines in Colorado, could have consequences across the U.S. as environmentalists seek changes in how mining is approved on federally owned reserves.  In civil cases unfolding in Colorado, New Mexico Continue reading