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Saving beardtongues: Environmentalists sue U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

High in the Uinta Basin, grows the rare White River Beardtongue, a purple bell with a black tongue. Along with its pink, orange-tongued cousin, Graham’s beardtongue, these two varieties of penstemons survive only in the "shale barrens" of Northern Colorado-Utah border. Nearly all their habitat is threatened by shale mining and oil and gas drilling.

Bacon to bring conservation effort home with plan that would protect...

Billionaire hedge-funder Louis Bacon is donating a conservation easement on 90,000 acres bordering the San Luis Valley, which will provide the foundation for the proposed new Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is in the process of establishing.

Green groups sue feds over proposed Rocky Flats land swap to...

Two environmental groups filed a lawsuit in a Denver federal court Tuesday to try to stop a proposal to turn the eastern edge of...

Invasive weeds raise nuclear concerns at Rocky Flats

Invasive weeds at a former nuclear trigger factory at Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge raise the specter of nuclear contaminants spreading to surface water, a report from the Interior Department states. But there isn't enough money to eradicate the weeds, and even if there was, the contaminated ground may prove too dangerous for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore.

New York AG sues federal agencies for lax hydrofracking regulation

Eric Schneiderman, the Attorney General of New York, has filed a lawsuit against several federal agencies for failing to adequately review the dangers of hydrofracking, the controversial technique used to mine natural gas by injecting large amounts of water and chemicals into shale deposits.
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