Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Much of the public lands leased for oil and gas in our region are acquired through a noncompetitive process with the Bureau of Land Management. A new report says that's not good for taxpayers.

The Trump Administration has selected a champion of private property rights and oil, gas and coal energy development to fill a top position at the Bureau of Land Management.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado says a Greeley oil and gas firm has agreed to pay a fine over claims it didn't seek a federal lease or permit before drilling on U.S.-owned land.

The office said Wednesday that Mineral Resources Inc. will pay more than $210,000 to settle the claims.

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Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner had reeled in a big political fish.

A major government agency, the Bureau of Land Management, was moving to his state and marking a victory years in the making for one of the Senate's most vulnerable Republicans. But Gardner's moment of triumph rolled out Monday in the shadow of President Donald Trump's racist tweets calling for four congresswomen of color to "go back" to where they came from. Republicans, perhaps Gardner most of all, struggled to respond.

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The Trump administration's plan to move the government's largest land management office from Washington to Colorado evoked a mix of praise, criticism and questions on Tuesday.

The Bureau of Land Management confirmed the bureau's headquarters would move to Grand Junction, Colorado, to get it closer to the lands it oversees.

The Bureau of Land Management is officially relocating its headquarters to the Mountain West. That’s according to an announcement by Colorado Senator Cory Gardner.


The Bureau of Land Management is proposing 11,000 miles of fuel breaks throughout our region to help combat the spread of wildfires.

The last time the royalty rate for oil and gas production on federal land changed was in 1920. Proposed legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives would address that, but the industry stands opposed.

Planning a climbing trip in the West? The federal government wants to help.

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More than 50 U.S. lawmakers are supporting a legal challenge against the Trump administration's effort to roll back a rule that forced oil and gas companies to capture methane.

The Durango Herald reported Thursday that lawmakers signed on to an amicus brief that claims the U.S. Interior Department violated federal law by lifting the Obama-era waste prevention rule.