Press Releases

Statement on Biden administration plan to stop future coal leasing in Powder River Basin

DENVER—The Bureau of Land Management today released draft resource management plans (RMPs) for two field offices in Wyoming and Montana. The plans would block any future coal lease sales across the Buffalo and Miles City field offices, while allowing existing coal mining to continue. The BLM estimates that federal coal mining in Wyoming would continue through 2041, and through […]

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Drilling-related spills up in Wyoming, down in New Mexico and Colorado in 2023

The rate of spills in all states has gone down over time, proving strong regulations don’t impede production DENVER—Across the West, spills from oil and gas extraction take a toll on lands, waters, wildlife, and communities. In Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming—the Mountain West’s top oil and gas-producing states—companies report thousands of spills each year, which […]

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Statement: President Biden expands two national monuments in California

Expansions will bring equitable outdoor access and honor Tribal sovereignty DENVER—Today President Joe Biden is expected to use his authority under the Antiquities Act to expand two California national monuments: San Gabriel Mountains National Monument and Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. With these expansions, President Biden will be less than 100,000 acres away from protecting more public land with […]

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Statement on release of American Conservation and Stewardship Atlas

Tracking conserved acres is a huge step toward meeting 30×30 goal DENVER—The Biden administration today launched conservation.gov, a beta version of the “American Conservation and Stewardship Atlas” which will track the conservation status of public, state, and private lands across the U.S. This tool came about through a public comment process in which the administration invited scientists and […]

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STATEMENT on the Bureau of Land Management’s Final National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska Rule

DENVER—Today the Bureau of Land Management released its final National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A) Rule, which updates regulations for the management and protection of the NPR-A. The final rule codifies the maximum level of protection for over 13 million acres within Special Areas that have already been designated within the NPR-A and provides a process to […]

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Statement on BLM’s final Public Lands Rule

Rule will bring balance to management of Western public lands DENVER—The Bureau of Land Management today published the final version of its much-anticipated Conservation and Landscape Health rule (also known as the Public Lands Rule). This rule will help balance the agency’s operations with guidelines for managing conservation, recreation, and climate impacts across millions of acres of […]

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