• January 20th, 2010

    CO writer cites dust on snow threat

    "Breathable air and drinkable water are two
    critical criteria, keys to a long-term quality of life. And what provides these
    benefits? Wild lands." Read more – Aspen Times

    "Kicking and screaming, the BLM makes a deal"

    "It's taken much longer than it should have, but the world's longest
    outdoor art gallery will finally get some protection from the gas
    drilling that threatens it." Read more- High Country News

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  • January 19th, 2010

    Controversial nuke
    plant proposed along the Green River raises
    water supply concerns from diverse stakeholders

    "Power plants need water —
    lots of water — and the group working on a proposal for Utah's first
    nuclear power plant is asking the Utah Division of Water Rights to
    approve a proposal for a large diversion of water from the Green River.
    That was the subject of an all-day hearing in the town of Green River
    on Tuesday." Listen – KUER

    Talks to save Colorado's
    Roan Plateau from massive natural gas development still yield no

    "Western Colorado's Roan Plateau is the kind of place that should be
    declared off-limits under new federal energy leasing policies, said an
    attorney for environmental groups suing to limit drilling on the
    landmark. A coalition of groups is suing the federal government, claiming a 2007
    plan by the Bureau of Land Management for natural gas development on
    the plateau's public land didn't adequately analyze the potential
    impact." Read more – Associated Press

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  • January 14th, 2010

    SUWA fights in court to prevent road giveaways to counties

    say they can't rely on government lawyers to safeguard Kane County's
    That's why
    an attorney representing the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, The Wilderness
    Society and the Sierra Club went Wednesday to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
    and asserted that conservation groups should have a seat at the table when Kane
    County and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management decide the fate of more than a
    dozen roads that cross wilderness-quality public lands."  Read More – Salt Lake Tribune

    Choices between large-scale renewable utilities and conservation on public lands play out in California

    "It's easy to see why Schwarzenegger thought it was possible. Earlier
    that year, oilman T. Boone Pickens characterized the Southwest U.S. as
    the Saudi Arabia of solar power, offering the choicest elevation and
    sun strength in the world for optimal power generation. On that, everyone agreed. Where to put the solar panels continues to be a different story."  Read More – Newsweek

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  • January 13th, 2010

    A reminder from Southern Utah that public lands belong to us all…

    "Since federal land belongs to all U.S. citizens, congressmen from New
    York and Utah have an equal say regarding the use of federal lands
    within Utah. If you don't like that constitutional fact, you can move
    to eastern states that contain little or no federal land." Read more – Spectrum

    Rogue dirt bikers trash Moab area park on Thanksgiving

    "Sand Flats staff reported that dirt bikes had ridden off-road and
    off-trail in backcountry areas, “ruthlessly” destroying vegetation that
    Sand Flats officials said has been carefully nurtured over the years as
    workers have attempted to recover the area from extensive vehicle
    damage that occurred in the early 1990s."
    Read more – Moab Times-Independent

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  • January 12th, 2010

    County sets aside lawsuit over bogus roads in the San Rafael Swell

    Emery County is ready to
    abandon a lawsuit that sought ownership of seven back roads in the San
    Rafael Swell region on the advice of the Utah Attorney General’s
    office, which lacks evidence to prove the claims.” Read more – Salt Lake Tribune

    SUWA video makes the news Read more – Utah Policy Daily

    Salazar’s proposed oil and gas leasing reforms a promising start

    “The bureau, he declared bluntly, would no longer be a “candy store” for
    an oil and gas industry that (mixing his metaphors) had been allowed to
    act like “kings of the world” during the Bush years.” Read more – New York Times editorial

    New pipeline recommendations cause environmental concerns

    “Federal regulators are recommending approval of two natural gas
    pipelines that could sharply increase fuel shipments from the Rockies
    to population centers in the Midwest and on the West Coast.The Rockies hold an estimated 375 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, or almost as much as the Gulf of Mexico.” Read more – Associated Press

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