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The good news about BLM’s fracking rules

The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) – the agency responsible for overseeing energy development on federal lands – issued its long-awaited rules for oil and gas operations using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) last week. The rules, which will take effect in June, apply to fracking operations on roughly 750 million acres of… Full Story

Coal relegated to the back burner: More countries look to natural gas for electricity generation

Last month, Senate Republicans joined their Democratic counterparts in approving legislation acknowledging that “climate change is real and not a hoax.” Senators could not, however, agree on its cause, with two measures attributing climate change to human activity failing to pass. In stark contrast, across the Atlantic, political leaders in the United Kingdom (U.K.) have… Full Story

The new threat to lesser prairie chickens: How some legislators are attempting to undermine protection of the bird

The lesser prairie chicken – a mid-sized, brown and white striped bird inhabiting the southern Great Plains – has become a symbol of the growing tension between energy development and species conservation. Recent increases in oil and gas drilling, wind energy production, and other human activities impacting the lesser prairie chickens’ habitat has led to… Full Story