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Index to Public Lands News of May 17, 2019

Index to the current issue:

* HOUSE PANEL APPROVES PUBLIC LANDS MONEY BILL.  Contains almost 20 percent more money than Trump requested.  Does agree with Trump on $2.25B for wildfire ‘fix.’  De-emphasis on development, emphasis on protection.

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* COURT VACATES CHACO O&G PERMITS.  Says BLM should assess cumulative impacts in EAs backing APDs.  One of several adverse court rulings.

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* DEMS, GOP DISAGREE ON FED MINERAL PRIORITY.  Grijalva, Udall introduce ambitious royalty bills.  Senate committee focuses on permitting.

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* BERNHARDT BACKS WILD HORSE PLAN.  At hearing with appropriators, he says it may not go far enough.  Proposal would remove 20,000 per year.

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* GOP PUSHES HAZARDOUS FUELS PROJECTS.  Bill would categorically exempt from NEPA projects up to 30,000 acres.  FS proposes similar legislation.

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* DEMS’ BILL WOULD CRACK DOWN ON METHANE.  Would put Obama rule back in effect while BLM writes tough new rule, codify EPA regulation.

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* ENVIROS WOULD HALT TONGASS TIMBER SALES.  Lawsuit says plan for 15 years of sales fails to identify specific sites.  656 mmbf under the gun.

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* DOI BACKS BADGER-TWO O&G LEASES.  That Obama tried to cancel.  Tester castigates Interior for not fighting to stop last two of 47 leases.

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