There is some positive news coming out of northern Colorado this week – the Bureau of Land Management is committing to keeping critical wildlands and wildlife habitat off-limits to oil and gas drilling.
First is the nominee for Assistant Secretary for Lands and Minerals in the Department of Interior. President Obama has nominated Janice Schneider, a veteran of the department, to fill the position that has been vacant for more than 2 years.
The federal government has been shut down, with no end in sight. Eventually it will reopen, but it remains unclear what the final cost of the closure will be. You’ve heard a lot about the impacts our national treasures – closure of our parks and monuments.
Like guiding wind and solar projects to low-conflict areas, finding the right places for transmission lines is a common sense approach. Federal agencies are on track to make recommendations for improving the “West-wide Energy Corridors” by the summer of 2014.