User: flenvcenter Topic: Land-Independent
Category: Land Management :: Drilling
Last updated: Dec 17 2018 04:46 IST RSS 2.0
 
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New Endangered Species Act rules open door to looser protections 14.8.2019 High Country News Most Recent
The new implementation guidelines relax habitat protections and favor development.
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Can Western states afford to break the boom-and-bust cycle? 7.8.2019 High Country News Most Recent
Climate action on public lands would force a reckoning for fossil fuel dependent states and communities.
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Court throws book at BLM over fracking Chaco 3.6.2019 High Country News Most Recent
The agency failed to consider water use.
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Public lands top Rep. Debra Haaland’s agenda 24.5.2019 High Country News Most Recent
One of the first Native American women elected to Congress is fighting fossil fuel development on ‘the most pristine and beautiful places in our country.’
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The hidden consequences of New Mexico’s latest oil boom 22.5.2019 High Country News Most Recent
Carlsbad residents are experiencing health impacts, but the science behind their woes lags behind the pace of drilling.
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America forgot the Chinese workers who built the railroad 10.5.2019 High Country News Most Recent
Historian Gordon Chang’s new book attempts to correct that erasure.
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Judge orders industries to pay royalties for public land extraction 25.4.2019 High Country News Most Recent
Tens of millions more dollars will flow into Western communities after a federal court throws out the Trump administration’s industry-friendly deal.
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A silver lining to sage grouse rollbacks? 28.3.2019 High Country News Most Recent
While there’s less protection overall, a few Western states restore regulations that match or surpass original plans.
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‘A dangerous game of chicken’ on drilling near Chaco Canyon 22.2.2019 High Country News Most Recent
Feds go back and forth on leasing culturally important lands.
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Ryan Zinke to step down as Interior secretary 16.12.2018 High Country News Most Recent
Zinke shrunk national monuments, rolled back sage grouse protections and ramped up drilling.
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Trump and new Senate allies threaten Canadian Indigenous communities near the Alaska border 8.11.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Karl Nerenberg The results of this week’s mid-term elections pose a direct threat to Indigenous communities in Canada’s Northwest Territories. And Norman Snowshoe of Fort McPherson dreads what could be coming. On the eve of the U.S. mid-term elections earlier this week, Norman Snowshoe of Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories, a Gwich’in community north of the Arctic Circle, posted the following on Facebook: “I’m Canadian. Why am I so interested in U.S. politics? Oh yeah, the fate of Porcupine Caribou lies in the hands of the biggest idiot to ever hit the planet!!” Fort McPherson lies on the east bank of the lower Peel River, just east of the N.W.T.-Yukon border. At an equivalent degree of latitude in eastern Canada it would be on tree-less tundra. In McPherson, however, you look out to dense forests of spruce, pine, willow and birch. There are two stores in the town of fewer than a 1,000 people, where you can buy high-priced canned and packaged goods and freezer-burnt fruit and vegetables. Eating “out ...
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President Trump is sacrificing our public lands legacy 23.8.2018 Writers on the Range
From reversing mitigation policies to opening our public lands to oil and gas drilling, the insults keep mounting.
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Canary in the Coal Pond 23.4.2018 Truthout.com
New reports provide an unprecedented look at contaminants leaking from coal ash ponds and landfills. But the chasm between information and environmental protection may deepen thanks to a proposed Trump administration rollback that would lessen the consequences and weaken requirements for polluting power plants. Coal ash slurry pours into the first of two settling ponds adjacent to the Riverbend Steam Station on Mountain Island Lake in Gaston County, North Carolina, January 23, 2008. (Photo: Jeff Willhelm / Charlotte Observer / MCT via Getty Images) In tests conducted in late 2017, one in three coal-fired power plants nationwide detected "statistically significant" amounts of contaminants, including harmful chemicals like arsenic, in the groundwater around their facilities. This information, which utility companies had to post on their websites in March, became public for the first time under an Obama-era environmental rule regulating coal ash, the waste generated from burning coal. Mixed with water and ...
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Showing "Total Disregard for Indigenous Rights and Public Wishes," Trump Moves to Open Alaska Wildlife Refuge to Drilling 20.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Support from readers keeps Truthout 100 percent independent. If you like what you're reading, make a donation! Demonstrating a " total disregard for Indigenous rights and public wishes ," the Trump administration on Friday moved to expedite oil and gas exploration in previously protected lands in Alaska. The Interior Department published a  notice  in the Federal Register announcing a public comment period and plans to draft an environmental impact statement for creating a leasing program for the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The filing follows  legislation  to enable the program that was tacked on to the tax law Republicans forced through Congress last year. In response, critics who have  spent  several months fighting the drilling efforts  expressed  worries about how drilling will impact the region's native people as well as ANWR's wildlife; condemned the aggressive timeline for making leases available to fossil fuel companies; and  vowed  to file lawsuits. Denouncing ...
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Under Louisiana Bill, Peaceful Protesters Could Face 20 Years in Prison 18.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
New Orleans, LA, September 21, 2013, The environmental group 350.org's 'Draw the Line' on Tar Sands and the Keystone XL pipeline protest took the form of a second line parade as it made its way through the french quarter. Under a proposed Louisiana law, peaceful protests against pipeline infrastructural projects bear the possibility of prison sentences as long as 20 years, or fines of up to $10,000. (Photo: Julie Dermansky / Corbis via Getty Images) With House Bill 727, Louisiana has joined a growing number of states that are criminalizing nonviolent civil disobedience actions at "critical infrastructure" sites, which typically include pipelines, refineries and electrical power facilities. Financed by Big Oil, the Louisiana bill makes even discussing a possible trespass action punishable with prison sentences of five years and fines up to $10,000. New Orleans, LA, September 21, 2013, The environmental group 350.org's 'Draw the Line' on Tar Sands and the Keystone XL pipeline protest took the form of a ...
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Pennsylvania Superior Court Rules That Fracking Natural Gas From a Neighboring Property Is Trespassing 10.4.2018 Truthout.com
Truthout is funded by readers, not by corporations, lobbyists or government interests. Help us publish more stories like this one: Click here to make a tax-deductible donation! Last week the Pennsylvania Superior Court issued an opinion that could have major ramifications for the hydraulic fracturing industry in the state: It states a company trespassed on a family's land by extracting natural gas from beneath their property while operating a fracking well next door. The Briggs family owns about 11 acres of land in Harford Township in Susquehanna County. When Southwestern Energy began operating an unconventional natural gas well on the adjacent property in 2011, the Briggs declined to lease their mineral rights to the company for development. In 2015, they filed a complaint that Southwestern was trespassing by extracting gas from beneath their property without a lease. Southwestern didn't dispute they'd removed natural gas from beneath the Briggs' land, but argued they weren't trespassing due to the ...
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Countless Archaeological Sites at Risk in Trump Oil and Gas Auction 14.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
On March 20, the federal government is scheduled to auction off almost 41,000 acres in southeast Utah to oil and gas companies under expedited lease sales ordered last year by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The push to lease these public lands would mean that archaeologists and Native Americans will not have a chance to fully document what's at stake. Carvings line a rock formation in the Nine Mile Canyon area of Utah. Such archaeological are currently threatened by the Trump administration's push to lease public lands. (Photo: Bureau of Land Management ) This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at revealnews.org and subscribe to the Reveal podcast, produced with PRX, at revealnews.org/podcast . San Juan County, Utah—A steep rock ledge, known locally as Ruin Point, stands sentinel over public lands rich with Native American antiquities preserved from the sands of time. More than ...
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Ohio Gas Well Was Spewing Methane Pollution Three Weeks After Blowout 7.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Nearly three weeks after an initial explosion and blowout, an environmental group's infrared camera found that methane was still spewing from a wellhead on an oil and gas drilling pad in rural Ohio. The accident, which displaced about 100 people and spewed toxic chemicals, is being compared to the massive natural gas leak in California's Aliso Canyon that drew national attention to the climate impacts of methane. Workers gained control of the well Wednesday morning. The XTO Methane disaster. (Screenshot: Earthworks ) This Truthout original was only possible because of our readers' ongoing support. Can you make a monthly donation to ensure we can publish more like it? Click here to give. An oil and gas drilling pad where a fiery explosion led to the evacuation of about 100 people in Ohio's Belmont County last month was still spewing raw methane into the atmosphere nearly three weeks after the initial well blowout, according to an infrared video released by environmental watchdog group Earthworks on ...
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We Are Drowning in Plastic, and Fracking Companies Are Profiting 16.2.2018 Truthout.com
Plastic production wreaks havoc on people and the planet -- from fracking wells and pipelines in Pennsylvania, to air pollution from plastic plants in Scotland. Fracking companies are profiting off the recent surge in plastic production and are contributing to a growing climate crisis while generating mountains of plastic garbage.  (Photo: Paolo Margari Candidato M5S Europa ) We are choking the planet in plastic. Everything from wasteful water bottles to grocery shopping bags are polluting our waterways, and endangering marine life and the natural environment. It's fair to say that even the most casual news consumer has probably encountered a Facebook post, TV report, or radio segment about the garbage patches in the Pacific Ocean.  But what's less well-known is what is fueling this plastics binge: fracking. As the Guardian  recently reported , in less than a decade, tens of billions of dollars have been invested in creating new manufacturing sites around the world to turn fossil fuels into resin pellets ...
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California’s hostility to offshore drilling is rooted in past spills 13.2.2018 High Country News Most Recent
A massive 1960s spill has Californians on edge about Trump’s push for oil extraction.
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