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States Challenge Federal Control of Western Lands

The large swaths of federal lands in western states are at the center of a debate over the future of tens of millions of acres between the eastern rim of the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Under the “Transfer of Public Lands Act,” signed into law in 2012 by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R), the federal government had until Dec. 31, 2014 to relinquish control of more than half of the 54.3 million acres Washington controls in the Beehive State. The deadline came and went, without any federal...

U.S. Oil and Gas Reserves Soar

Continuing a trend that has sent ripples through global energy markets in recent years, U.S. oil and natural gas reserves hit new highs in 2013, according to a December 2014 Energy Information Administration report. Proved natural gas reserves rose 9.7 percent to reach a record 354 trillion cubic feet (tcf) at the end of 2013, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported, while proved oil reserves increased 9.3 percent to 36.5 billion barrels. For EIA, proved reserves are “estimated...

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