Index to Public Lands News of March 27, 2015
Index to the current issue:
* SRS DEAL WOULD BE GOOD FOR TWO YEARS. Amendment to must pass ‘Doc Fix’ bill would provide more than $300 million per year to counties. Walden and DeFazio fashion. Longer-term solution still not on horizon.
* BUDGETS ARE TOUGH ON SPENDING. House, Senate Republican plans would keep domestic revenues flat. Senate backs public lands initiatives.
* BLM RULE SETS FRACKING STANDARDS. To the expected furor. Despite grant of variances to states, industry files lawsuit. Greens uneasy too.
* MCCLINTOCK LAYS DOWN THE LAW. New federal lands subcommittee chairs lets BLM and FS know he will aggressively promote commodity uses.
* APPROPRIATORS WARN NOT TO EXPECT MUCH. Murkowski, Calvert discount Obama public lands budget request. Fire, PILT inclusion major factors.
* BUSINESSES RAMP UP SAGE-GROUSE CRITICISM. Commodity users say science used by BLS, FWS and USGS is faulty. Dems say hike agency approps.
* JEWELL DESCRIBES ENERGY AMBITIONS. Fracking rule of course leads, but she also anticipates methane rule, possible energy royalty hikes.
* HOUSE, SENATE STILL DIFFER ON FIRE MONEY. Senate budget favors shift of emergency fire spending to disaster account. House less interested.
* BLMERS CALL FOR END TO MINER FEE EXEMPTIONS. Say many small miners who avoid maintenance fees may be speculating. Industry disagrees.
* BLM APPROVES SEVEN NEW NPRA LEASES. But does it matter? More than 200 leases already sold since 1999 but no development has begun yet.
* CONFERENCE CALENDAR.