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Court keeps implementation of Methane Rule on hold

Court keeps implementation of Methane Rule on hold by Katie Ross | Jun 5, 2018 Case to revive the rule can continue On Monday June 4th, a 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against a request from California, New Mexico, and various environmental groups asking to...

Outdoor businesses speak out against methane rule revisions

Outdoor businesses speak out against methane rule revisions by Katie Ross | May 3, 2018 Companies of all sizes express concerns over rollback   Public Land Solutions (PLS) recently submitted a letter signed by 35 outdoor industry businesses outlining concerns over the...

Public Land Solutions kicks off recreation economy project

Public Land Solutions kicks off recreation economy project by Katie Ross | Mar 23, 2018 New effort highlighting outdoor recreation communities around the nation As part of its Prosperous Communities Initiative, Public Land Solutions has begun a survey of communities...

Methane Rule revisions open for public comment

Methane Rule revisions open for public comment by Katie Ross | Mar 14, 2018 Proposed changes would roll back taxpayer and environmental protections After multiple failed attempts at repeal, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has published its draft revision the 2016...

Land and Water Conservation Fund up for permanent renewal

Land and Water Conservation Fund up for permanent renewal by Katie Ross | Jan 30, 2018 Bill to fund conservation program gains large co-sponsorship   A bipartisan bill (H.R. 502) to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has gained 219...

Reservation system proposed for Arches National Park

Reservation system proposed for Arches National Park by Katie Ross | Jan 19, 2018 New system would drastically cut down on overcrowding, wait times National Parks, long the crown jewels of our country’s natural wonders, have enjoyed a surge in popularity in recent...

Good Start for Proposed Utah Ozone Regulations

Utah’s Division of Air Quality board will vote January 3 on whether to adopt the proposed rule changes to the way oil and gas development is regulated on public lands in the state. The updated rules could go into effect later this month. Below is Public Land Solutions’ statement on the current proposed rules.

National Monument cuts evoke swift response

National Monument cuts evoke swift response by Katie Ross | Dec 5, 2017 Tribal, environmental groups sue over the reduction of Utah’s protected lands   On Monday, in front of a crowd of handpicked supporters at Utah’s capital in Salt Lake City, President Trump issued...

Methane rule safe for now

Methane rule safe for now by Katie Ross | Oct 16, 2017 California court rules Interior Department must continue with regulations Earlier this month, a federal court in California ruled that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) unlawfully postponed key compliance dates...

Utah Representative co-sponsors Recreation Act

Utah Representative co-sponsors Recreation Act by Katie Ross | Oct 13, 2017 Rep. Mia Love joins others on Recreation Not Red-Tape bill Last week, Utah Congresswoman Mia Love joined Reps. Simpson (R-ID), Beyer (D-VA), and Polis (D-CO) in co-sponsoring the Recreation...

Directive threatens balanced recreation planning

Directive threatens balanced recreation planning by Katie Ross | Sep 8, 2017 Administration imposes clumsy changes to NEPA, our bedrock environmental protection law   Prior to Labor Day weekend, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued Secretarial Order 3355 (SO 3355)...

BLM proposes leases near Dinosaur National Monument

BLM proposes leases near Dinosaur National Monument by Katie Ross | Jul 14, 2017 Energy development proposals at Dinosaur National Monument jeopardize businesses and recreation economy   The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently proposed several parcels of land for...

PLS urges Interior Secretary against shrinking monument

PLS urges Interior Secretary against shrinking monument by Katie Ross | Jul 10, 2017  Zinke’s interim Bears Ears report leaves landscapes vulnerable   In a document released in June, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended shrinking the borders of Bears Ears...

BLM defers leases threatening Zion National Park 

BLM defers leases threatening Zion National Park  by Katie Ross | Jun 6, 2017  Gov. Herbert, Zion communities urged deferral of leases   On June 1, the Utah state office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a decision to defer three controversial lease...

Huge Victory for Public Lands!

The BLM Methane Rule survived an attempt to repeal the regulation under the Congressional Review Act, ensuring protections for public lands and recreation remain in place.

Outdoor businesses oppose Methane Rule rollback

On March 7 several leading outdoor businesses, such as Patagonia, Petzl, Woolwich, and Oars wrote Congress urging member of the US Senate to vote against the use of the Congressional Review Act for the Bureau of Land Management Methane and Waste Prevention Rule.

Local businesses oppose proposed oil and gas leasing near Zion

Today, approximately 25 local businesses sent a letter to the Bureau of Land Management St. George Field Office opposing a plan to sell three oil and gas leases near to Zion National Park. The businesses join a chorus of concern for the leases. Washington County, the City of Springdale, and over 40,000 citizens have also voiced concerns for the proposed lease sale.

BLM, local community join together for protection

Across the nation, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) field offices and the local communities they serve are working together to enact smart-from-the-start planning to eliminate conflicts between resource extraction and recreation development. Master Leasing Plans (MLP), such as the Moab MLP and proposed Tres Rios MLP, are one example of this planning.

Outdoor leaders head to Washington, DC to tout business letter

Ashley Korenblat, Managing Director for Public Land Solutions, recently accompanied two outdoor industry business leaders to Washington, DC to present the Outdoor Industry Business Letter on Energy Reform, which was signed by 30 of the biggest outdoor companies in the nation.

Public Land Solutions Support for Federal Coal Program Review

The hallmark of any successful policy is continuous evaluation and, if necessary, reform. The federal coal leasing program has not gone through a programmatic review in more than 30 years, and we applaud the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for pausing federal coal leases and taking this necessary step to ensure our public lands are managed appropriately.

Time to support common sense solutions that cut natural gas waste on our public lands

Reps. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and Kevin McCarthy (R-California) recently sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewel calling on her to halt efforts to finalize the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s draft rule that would cut natural gas waste by limiting flaring and venting and ensuring modern technologies are used to address leaky equipment for oil and gas wells on public and tribal lands.

Utah BLM Announces Master Leasing Plan for San Rafael Desert

The Bureau of Land Management issued a notice of intent on Tuesday May 17,2016 to prepare a Master Leasing Plan (MLP) for over 500,000 acres of the San Rafael desert in Southern Utah. The plan aims to consider oil and gas leasing and post-leasing development, as well as areas to be protected.

County votes 4-3 to support BLM Master Leasing Plan

The Grand County Council, in a split vote Nov. 17, has approved a list of recommendations it will ask the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to consider as the agency finalizes its Moab Master Leasing Plan (MLP). BLM officials have said the MLP, which covers approximately 785,000 acres of local public lands, will provide a guiding document for land-use decisions, including leasing stipulations, management practices and development constraints for new oil, gas and potash leasing for the next 15 years.

Draft MLP strikes a balance for multiple uses

What a long way Moab has come since the 2008 controversy that made it to the pages of The New York Times, when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposed 77 oil and gas leases in the Moab area close to important natural areas and popular recreation sites. The original 77-lease proposal even considered drilling just 1.3 miles from Delicate Arch.

Groups weigh in on Master Leasing Plan

Stakeholders and local officials have begun to weigh in on the long-awaited Moab Master Leasing Plan, which, when finalized, will regulate future oil, gas and potash development on public lands within Grand and San Juan counties. The federal effort seeks to balance the often-competing interests of resource development with recreation, tourism and the protection of scenic landscapes for which the region is famous.