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Interior Department touts efforts to protect sage grouse

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DENVER (AP) — A broad effort to save the greater sage grouse across the West without resorting to the Endangered Species Act is making progress, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday. “There’s some really good work going on,” Jewell said during a visit to a national wildlife refuge outside Denver, where she announced a year ago that the rare bird ...

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US takes key step to implement sage grouse conservation plan

A Greater Sage Grouse seen flaunting its tail feathers. (Image: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Flickr)

DENVER (AP) — Federal 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. The guidelines released Thursday are part of a broader effort to save the distinctive bird without resorting to the Endangered Species Act, which ...

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Energy Department ends inquiry into Idaho radiation exposure

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy says it’s concerned about a radiation leak two years ago at an eastern Idaho nuclear facility that contaminated nine workers but says it will not begin a formal investigation. In a letter Tuesday to Battelle Energy Alliance, a research contractor, the federal agency’s Office of Enforcement says the safety consequences of ...

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Race for Facebook data center raises tax-break questions

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The race between a small town on the Rio Grande in New Mexico and a Salt Lake City suburb to entice a new Facebook data center with millions of dollars in tax breaks and subsidies is raising questions about public investments in a booming cloud-computing economy that typically brings few local jobs. In West Jordan, ...

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Colorado oil and gas proposals fall short on signatures

DENVER (AP) — Backers of two proposed ballot measures to change how oil and gas drilling is regulated failed to get enough signatures to get them on this fall’s ballot, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams said Monday. One proposal sought to require new oil and gas wells to be at least 2,500 feet from homes and schools in Colorado, ...

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Groups challenge federal oil, gas leasing on climate grounds

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Two environmental groups say in a lawsuit the federal government needs to consider the potential effects of climate change before allowing oil and gas drilling on public land. The federal lawsuit filed Thursday in Washington, D.C., challenges almost 400 oil and gas leases the U.S. Bureau of Land Management recently has issued in Wyoming, Utah and ...

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Study: Most sources of methane hot spot are gas facilities

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DENVER (AP) — Most methane sources contributing to a puzzling concentration of the greenhouse gas over the Southwestern United States appear to be natural gas production facilities, scientists said Monday. Researchers identified more than 250 sources of a methane hot spot over the Four Corners region of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. They include gas wells, storage tanks, pipelines ...

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Polis donates $25K to group pushing oil, gas amendment

DENVER (AP) — Democratic Rep. Jared Polis has given $25,000 to a group pushing to allow local government more say over energy production. Polis gave the money to Yes for Local Control Over Oil and Gas, according to campaign finance disclosures posted Monday. The group supports a ballot measure to amend the state constitution to give local governments more control ...

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Company acquires Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corporation

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FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corporation is being acquired by a privately-held holding company. The Fort Smith company said Monday that it will be acquired by Summit Utilities, which owns and operates natural gas distribution subsidiaries in Colorado, Missouri and Maine. AOG serves nearly 60,000 natural gas utility customers in Arkansas and Oklahoma and has been ...

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Deal to bring electricity to over 1,000 on Navajo Nation

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than 1,000 Navajos who live without electricity in their homes soon could get power for the first time as the tribal utility buys a system of rural Utah substations and electrical lines under the terms of a decades-old deal with a power company. Across the 27,000 square-mile Navajo Nation, an estimated 15,000 people live ...

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