Peter Hart


The Bureau of Land Management is considering changes to agency land-use planning, which could eliminate National Environmental Policy Act requirements from long-term planning regulations. There has been no formal announcement of a new rulemaking, but KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Wilderness Workshop attorney Peter Hart about what these kinds of changes would mean for public lands protection.

Wilderness Workshop Weighs In on Proposed NEPA Changes

Feb 12, 2020
Tim Wolf


Peter Hart is staff attorney for Carbondale’s Wilderness Workshop, a public lands watchdog group whose work largely depends on the National Environmental Policy Act. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with him about this week’s Denver NEPA hearings and what’s at stake if the proposed revisions to the Act are approved.

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The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission strengthened air quality standards last November for oil and gas operations on the Front Range. The Commission continues to seek public input on whether to apply these standards across the state. Those who plan to make a comment at the meeting must pre-register here. Written comments can be submitted at the state's website here or by visiting Wilderness Workshop here.

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A Federal court in Denver dismissed a legal challenge against the Bureau of Land Management's 2016 Thompson Divide lease cancellations. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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The state Air Pollution Control Division is in Rifle today to talk to stakeholders and hear public comment about emissions from oil and gas extraction. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Peter Hart, staff attorney for Wilderness Workshop, to find out more. The meeting starts at noon at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Annex in Rifle with public comments beginning at 3:30.

Jane Pargiter, Ecoflight


The KDNK News Team got a bird’s-eye perspective of the Garfield County natural gas fields last month with Ecoflight, a local wildlands advocacy group. Amy Hadden Marsh has this story about a new plan for more natural gas drilling in western Garfield County and what that could mean for wildlife habitat in an area that’s riddled with gas wells. The BLM was invited to join KDNK on the flight but agency policy restricts employees to BLM-chartered flights during work hours. Initial public comment on the Balzac Gulch Phase II Master Development Plan closes February 8th.

Last month, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed the SECURE American Energy Act which overhauls federal lands energy policy to promote expanded exploration, development, and production of oil, gas, and wind resources. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Wilderness Workshop attorney Peter Hart about why the group does not support the bill.

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