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Index to Public Lands News of February 16, 2018

Index to the current issue:

In the attached issue. . .

* BLM TO REINSTATE OLD METHANE RULES.  Bureau follows up on rule delaying Obama regs with a proposal to return to old rules.  Lawsuits likely.

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* BUDGET DEAL OPENS UP SPENDING.  Increases overall domestic cap by $60 billion in fiscal 2018 and $68 billion in fiscal 2019.  No fire fix.

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* TRUMP 2019 BUDGET AUSTERE, DESPITE BUDGET DEAL.  Does include a wildfire fix.  Would boost energy development, timber sales; little else.

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* GOVERNORS QUESTION ZINKE’S DOI REORGANIZATION.  Complain they weren’t consulted.  DoI would go from mostly state boundaries to regional.

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* BLM REVISES O&G LEASING POLICY.  IMs would expedite sales by limiting EISs and EAs and setting time limits.  Enviros suggest a lawsuit.

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* GREENS FILE SUIT AGAINST NPRA O&G SALES.  Argue BLM should have prepared EA or EIS that assesses climate change impacts before leasing.

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* BLM REVOKES CALIF. DESERT WITHDRAWAL.  May help hard rock and renewable energy industries.  BLM says little harm in ending 1.3M-acre action.

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* FS, BLM GIVE INPUT ON LANDS BILLS.  At Senate hearing they favor measures to expand commodity development and oppose measure to limits uses             

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* SENATE DEMS OBJECT TO SAGE-GROUSE POLICY.  Tell Zinke that favoring O&G development could harm habitat.  Say public opinion disagrees.

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* GRIJALVA ASKS GAO REPORTS ON O&G POLICY.  He suggests that (1) lease bids are too low and (2) industry is sitting on too many drill permits.

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