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The Bureau of Land Management’s Utah state office on Friday decided to defer 99,960 acres of proposed oil and gas leases in and around the San Rafael Swell, which has been considered for everything from National Monument to National Park status.
On April 29, a New Mexico county banned the fossil fuel extraction from its land. A statewide oil and gas association and three Mora County landowners sued, claiming the ban violates three of their civil and Constitutional rights -- including freedom of expression.
Thanks to technological advances in the extracting process, U.S. crude oil production is up and imports are down. Experts vary in opinion as to whether this is a short-term phenomenon or a long-term trend.
Canadian artist and activist Franke James has been blacklisted by the Canadian government for protesting the tar sands. Now she's brought her art to D.C. to confront similar efforts by the Canadian government to win over U.S. public opinion on the Keystone XL pipeline.