Latest Bureau of Land Management News

Conservation groups sue US to halt oil project in Alaska

Nov. 18, 2020 1:14 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Conservation groups are suing the Trump administration to halt the approval of a development plan for a ConocoPhillips oil project in Alaska, arguing that officials underestimated the plan's harm to local wildlife. The groups filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday against the...

FILE - Arch Canyon within Bears Ears National Monument is shown on May 8, 2017, in Utah. With Joe Biden's capture of the White House comes the likelihood that Utah's two big national monuments will be restored to their original boundaries, reopening yet another front in the West's public lands wars. (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Trump's monument reduction could be reversed under Biden

Nov. 15, 2020 8:01 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — With Joe Biden’s capture of the White House comes the likelihood that Utah’s two big national monuments will be restored to their original boundaries, reopening yet another front in the West’s public lands wars. Just as President Donald Trump invoked the...

Proposed geothermal plant draws fire in Nevada desert town

Oct. 31, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Renewable energy power plants have their place — but not in Gerlach, say many residents of the town about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of Reno. The community of about 100 is fired up about a geothermal project proposed by Reno-based Ormat Technologies Inc., which would sit less...

US seeks mining withdrawal of polluted Montana site

Oct. 10, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials in Montana have proposed withdrawing 2,600 acres of a degraded gold mining area to prevent additional mining and protect restoration work. The Billings Gazette reports in a story on Saturday that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management wants to withdraw the land in the...

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2019, file photo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management Acting Director William

Pendley says he's still on the job as acting director of BLM

Oct. 10, 2020 10:40 AM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — William Perry Pendley wants Wyoming to know that he’s still on the job as the nation’s acting head of public lands. “I have not been ousted. That is not true,” Pendley, the Bureau of Land Management’s deputy director of policy and programs, said during...