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How an Ancient Extinction Foreshadowed the Planet’s Future 17.6.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Undark and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  In January, I stood in a ditch in the middle of nowhere in South Africa, and the summer sun beat down as I stared at a heap of grape soda-colored rocks. Bob Gastaldo, the paleontologist whose research team I had been following […]
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Canadian company exits Pebble Mine partnership in Alaska, leaving project in question 27.5.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Opponents of the mine are calling on the state's governor to stop the project. The copper and gold mine would be located on state lands near some of the richest salmon fisheries in the world.
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Navajo Nation, EPA question plan to open land near Great Sand Dunes for oil, gas drilling 25.5.2018 Denver Post: All Political News
A federal push to open some of Colorado's most pristine and delicate high country to oil and gas drilling -- land near two sacred Navajo mountains touching the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness --  faces growing opposition.
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Snowmass elected officials give their successors a pay raise 24.5.2018 Denver Post: News: Local
Even with the pay bump, Snowmass elected officials still would earn less than their Aspen counterparts.
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More Grand Junction-area governments join Mesa County in banning firework sales 24.5.2018 Headlines: All Headlines
More Grand Junction-area governments are joining Mesa County and banning firework sales as a response to ongoing drought conditions.
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The Aliso Canyon gas leak was a disaster. There are 10,000 more storage wells out there just like it 14.5.2018 LA Times: Commentary

The blowout at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage well was one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S history. It went on for 118 days in 2015 and 2016 — 25 days longer than the Deepwater Horizon oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. More natural gas escaped from that single leaking 10-inch-diameter...

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U.S. Gets a Key Benefit in South Korea: Free Rent 13.5.2018 Wall St. Journal: World
President Donald Trump’s demand that South Korea foot more of the cost for basing U.S. troops on the peninsula reflects calculations that leave out one of Seoul’s biggest contributions: rent-free land.
Two employees electrocuted during drilling operation near Ray Nixon Power Plant south of Fountain 10.5.2018 Denver Post: Local
Two employees working on a drilling operation near the Ray Nixon Power Plant near Fountain hit an electrical line and were electrocuted on Thursday morning, according to Colorado Springs police.
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Former Anadarko employees say safety sacrificed for profits in run up to fatal home explosion in Firestone 9.5.2018 Denver Post: Business
Shareholders contend in the lawsuit that the largest driller in Colorado created a "ticking time bomb" in its Colorado operations by ignoring safety and environmental hazards.
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Interior Department renews leases for Minnesota mine project 3.5.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The U.S. Interior Department has reinstated the mineral rights leases for a company that wants to build a copper-nickel mine near Ely in northeastern Minnesota, renewals that were denied in the closing weeks of the Obama administration.
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Flood risk redefinition delays Crestone’s plans to drill in 10-square-mile swath of Boulder County 28.4.2018 Denver Post: News: Local
Plans by Denver-based Crestone Peak Resources to drill for oil and gas in Boulder County have been delayed yet again, this time by a change in the definition of what land is at risk for flooding.
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Colorado court kills Thornton buffer and pipeline rules that are meant to protect people as oil and gas industry expands 26.4.2018 Headlines: All Headlines
A state judge has rejected Thornton's rules requiring 750-foot buffers and pipeline safety to protect residents from intensifying oil and gas activity inside its boundaries -- declaring these rules illegal because they conflict with more permissive state law.
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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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The Trump Administration Wants to Make Groundwater Less Safe in Coal Country 21.4.2018 Mother Jones
This story originally appeared on ProPublica. 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 […]
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Using California's signature environmental law to shut down homeless housing is NIMBYism at its worst 21.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Los Angeles is a city with 34,000 homeless people desperate for housing. But even when there’s a developer and available land and money, getting the necessary housing built still requires wooing nervous politicians and skeptical neighbors.

The respected nonprofit developer and service provider...

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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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The Energy 202: Why the Trump administration wants to open ANWR to drilling so quickly 20.4.2018 Washington Post: Politics
There could be a Democratic president in four years.
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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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Trump administration plan to auction mineral rights near Great Sand Dunes National Park draws protests. But not from Hickenlooper. 7.4.2018 Denver Post: All Political News
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will not protest a Trump administration effort to allow oil and gas drilling on 18,000 acres near the Great Sand Dunes National Park, even though Democratic state lawmakers and environmentalists are challenging the plan.
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