Wednesday, July 7 2010 8:12 PM EDT2010-07-08 00:12:50 GMT
The disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has put a laser focus on BP and their operations all over the planet. Turns out, the oil giant has left a trail of toxic waste in Nevada. But is there also a BP link to wild horse roundups?More>>
Chief Investigative Reporter George Knapp and Chief Photojournalist Matt Adams
Wednesday, July 7 2010 5:14 PM EDT2010-07-07 22:14:08 GMT
New figures show BP Oil is falling short of what it promised it could do to clean up spills in the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf might seem like a long way from Nevada, but our state has also been on the receiving end of BP promises, and they didn't work out well either.More>>
Thursday, January 10 2013 8:57 PM EST2013-01-11 01:57:01 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- A federal judge has issued a stop order to the Bureau of Land Management for its wild horse roundup operation in northern Nevada. The order puts on hold a wild horse gathering going on atMore>>
A federal judge has issued a stop order to the Bureau of Land Management for its wild horse roundup operation in northern Nevada. The order puts on hold a wild horse gathering going on atMore>>
Wednesday, January 9 2013 1:53 PM EST2013-01-09 18:53:20 GMT
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- A federal judge in Nevada has set a hearing Feb. 19 to determine whether the Bureau of Land Management violated the First Amendment rights of a photographer and wild horse protectionMore>>
A federal judge in Nevada has set a hearing Feb. 19 to determine whether the Bureau of Land Management violated the First Amendment rights of a photographer and wild horse protection advocate when it restricted her access to mustang roundupsMore>>
Friday, January 4 2013 10:59 AM EST2013-01-04 15:59:38 GMT
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- State agriculture officials are exploring ways to muster support for slaughtering stray horses in Nevada and the discussions are stirring protests among advocates for the free roamingMore>>
State agriculture officials are exploring ways to muster support for slaughtering stray horses in Nevada and the discussions are stirring protests among advocates for the free roaming animals.More>>
Friday, September 21 2012 8:30 PM EDT2012-09-22 00:30:42 GMT
Wild horses are under attack in northern Nevada.
LAS VEGAS -- Any wild horse advocates who were hoping for big changes when the Texas cowboy president gave way to the urbanite from Chicago have been sorely disappointed. During the past four years, theMore>>
Any wild horse advocates who were hoping for big changes when the Texas cowboy president gave way to the urbanite from Chicago have been sorely disappointed.More>>
Friday, April 20 2012 4:23 PM EDT2012-04-20 20:23:13 GMT
Federal land managers have agreed to study a proposal by the wife of oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens to establish an ecosanctuary for wild horses across more than 900 square miles of northeast Nevada.More>>
Wednesday, April 4 2012 6:45 PM EDT2012-04-04 22:45:32 GMT
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid heard from Nevada business leaders today. One topic discussed was eco-tourism. But one tourism destination facing years of federal delays before it ever opens up. More>>
Thursday, February 16 2012 10:20 PM EST2012-02-17 03:20:15 GMT
Thirty thousand wild horses are stacked in government-supported holding facilities. The program costs more than $70 million per year, but an ambitious plan to improve conditions for the horses has been bottled up within the BLM for years, in part because cattle ranchers don't like it.More>>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:36 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:36:46 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Air Force pilot Scott Powell returned home three weeks early from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan, surprising his children at school. Two hours after landing in Las Vegas, Maj. PowellMore>>
Air Force pilot Scott Powell returned home three weeks early from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan, surprising his children at school.More>>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:57 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:57:30 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- A pedestrian was critically injured Thursday after being hit by a car about 6 p.m. at Maryland Parkway and Sahara Avenue, Metro Police said. The pedestrian, who was taken to a hospital,More>>
A pedestrian was injured Thursday after being hit by a car about 6 p.m. at Maryland Parkway and Sahara Avenue, Metro Police said.More>>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:43 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:43:31 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- The dream of attending college came true for more than 400 Clark County students Thursday as they were awarded nearly $1 million in scholarships. Scholarships were given to 440 students thanksMore>>
The dream of attending college came true for more than 400 Clark County students Thursday as they were awarded nearly $1 million in scholarships.More>>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:17:16 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- A North Las Vegas aerospace company is preparing to boldly go where few have gone before -- a public-private partnership with NASA that could be the start of the next space race. Nevada'sMore>>
A North Las Vegas aerospace company is preparing to boldly go where few have gone before -- a public-private partnership with NASA that could be the start of the next space race.More>>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:05 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:05:26 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- One of the biggest killers of children in the state isn't the heat, but pools. Drowning is the third leading cause of death among children and officials are urging parents to be on high-alertMore>>
Drowning is the third leading cause of death among children and officials are urging parents to be on high-alert this summer near swimming poolsMore>>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:44 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:44:40 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- An independent review of a state-run mental health hospital gave high marks for patient satisfaction, but said options for people needing mental health care are limited. The review was orderedMore>>
An independent review of a state-run mental health hospital gave high marks for patient satisfaction, but said options for people needing mental health care are limited.More>>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:06 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:06:34 GMT
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Nevada is one step closer to giving voters another chance to allow same-sex marriage in the Silver State. The Assembly voted 27-14 Thursday in favor of SJR13 which repeals languageMore>>
Nevada is one step closer to giving voters another chance to allow same-sex marriage in the Silver State.More>>
Thursday, May 23 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-23 22:58:38 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- The woman found dead in her home earlier in the week has been identified as 75-year-old Jean Main, according to the Clark County Coroner's Office. Main died from a gunshot wound to the head,More>>
Metro Police have released a photo of the purse that belonged to a 75-year-old woman who was found shot to death in her northwest home.More>>
The Ruby Pipeline — both in its construction and its operation — is entirely compatible with current wild horse and burro populations in and near the Project's geographic footprint. Ruby is committed to minimizing any impacts from the Project, and that commitment includes wild horses and burros.
Ruby has never discussed or in any way advocated removal of horses or burros by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or any other entity.
Ruby has never participated in any effort to remove wild horses or burros from the Project area, and no one at Ruby has had any discussion with the BLM, or any other entity, concerning any such effort.
Ruby's proposed route crosses five Herd Management Areas (HMAs) south and west of the Sheldon NWR in Humboldt and Washoe counties, Nevada. The five HMAs crossed by the project comprise approximately 35 total miles of HMA lands to be crossed by the pipeline, according to the BLM.
Ruby takes protection of wild horses and wild burros seriously, as evidenced by our willingness to develop and implement measures to mitigate potential impacts during construction of the pipeline, if we receive government approvals.
Ruby continues to conduct outreach with stakeholders in developing and implementing mitigation that protects this valuable resource. Specifically, Ruby is working with the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to limit the impact of the pipeline on wild horse and wild burro habitat and grazing areas.
Ruby will remove salt licks that may be close to the right of way (ROW) and relocate the salt licks to locations away from the right of way; and identify additional watering areas farther away from the pipeline ROW.
Ruby has committed to working with the BLM to find ways to limit wild horse and wild burro grazing, as well as livestock grazing under grazing permits, on the construction right of way for three years following construction of the pipeline, if it is determined that their grazing is impacting reclamation success. The sole purpose of these temporary, grazing diversion efforts is to facilitate responsible habitat restoration and reclamation along Ruby's right of way.
Ruby's reclamation/restoration plan includes low-palatable plant species in the seed mix to discourage wild horse and burros, as well as livestock under grazing allotments, from grazing on the newly reseeded right of way.
Another option is to install temporary fencing in HMAs to protect horse and burro populations during construction or during reclamation efforts, if it is determined that their grazing is impacting reclamation success.
Ruby has committed to installing soft plugs in the pipeline trench/crossovers (i.e., gaps in the trench, spoil piles, and pre-welded pipe sections) every 0.5 mile or less when the route crosses agency defined migration corridors and when water sources are present within 1,200 feet of the right-of-way. If pipeline construction comes within 0.25 mile of an existing water source or impedes access to a nearby water source, and if Ruby sees evidence that wild horses and burros are not crossing at installed soft plugs or crossovers, Ruby would locate temporary water supplies 0.5 mile outside of the construction area for wild horse and burro use.
The BLM would require, as part of its right-of-way grant, that Ruby identify where supplemental water supplies may be necessary for wild horses and burros.
Ruby also would be required to establish crossovers at well-defined trails, existing roadways, and other locations where the BLM expects wild horse and burro movement. Ruby would leave major horse trails across trenches intact as long as possible so as to minimize access impacts on forage areas and minimize loss of movement to habitat. Ruby also would install crossovers at existing fences within grazing allotments. These mitigation measures would minimize impacts on wild horses and burros.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) has expressed concern that certain measures proposed by Ruby (i.e., facilitation of horse and burro movement around construction areas, fence line manipulation, and opening of gates for construction activities) could result in additional wild horses or burros entering the Sheldon NWR.
The USFWS could then be required to increase its expenditures to manage the wild horse and burro populations, which could detract from the funds necessary to manage other NWR resources. Ruby has committed to coordinating with the Sheldon NWR to implement and maintain access restriction controls to prohibit the migration of wild horses and burros onto the Sheldon NWR.
Ruby would coordinate with the USFWS to repair or replace any cattle guards on the Sheldon NWR damaged by construction, and install new fencing, gates, or cattle guards at key areas. Finally, Ruby would erect fences to restrict animal movement out of the HMAs.
Construction of the pipeline could also affect wild horses and burros by creating safety hazards for the animals due to open trenches or vehicle collisions and increasing the likelihood of harassment.
The BLM would require, as part of its right-of-way grant, that Ruby minimize the amount of time that the trench is open to decrease the potential for wild horse and burro entrapment, and also would install exit ramps every 0.5 mile in trenches within HMAs to facilitate escape for animals that enter the trench.
Ruby also has stated that it would educate construction personal regarding the federal protection status of wild horses and burros and the penalties associated with their harassment. Ruby would post warning signs on access roads in areas known to have wild horses and burros to warn construction workers and to help minimize the risk of accidental vehicle/animal collisions.
Any animal observed to be injured requires Ruby to contact the BLM immediately to determine a proper course of action for compliance with the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.