User: flenvcenter Topic: Land-Regional
Category: Land Management :: Mining
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Four companies get state Earth Day awards 28.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Four companies have received Earth Day awards from the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining for going “beyond what is required by regulation to protect the environment while responsibly developing Utah’s natural resources.” At its meeting Wednesday, the DOGM board presented the awards to: • Alpine Gems, LLC — This company, which had lost its mining claim in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, not only reclaimed its site but agreed to a U.S. Bureau of Land Reclamation request to rec... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Canada’s coal flows into Montana’s streams 27.4.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Can U.S. pressure change a toxic legacy along this selenium-polluted river?
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Fact-checking Trump’s Antiquities Act order 26.4.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Trump and his supporters rely on dubious claims to attack national monuments.
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Controversial gravel pit project along Arkansas River gets green light from Pueblo County planners 26.4.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
A controversial gravel pit in a historic farming district east of Pueblo got the green light from county planners Monday. Farmers vowed to fight it, saying the case illustrates a disturbing trend in Colorado where developers drive away ranchers and farmers.
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Water fight erupts over Skyline mine expansion 25.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
The Wasatch Plateau is so perforated with tunnels and shafts that reservoirs are believed to leak into coal miners’ underground chambers, resulting in floods that require perpetual pumping. For water users, this shuffling of water is fine — as long as the water remains within its original drainage. Now a proposed expansion of Utah’s Skyline coal mine could divert thousands of acre-feet of groundwater from the Huntington Creek drainage, upsetting a hydrological balance that has long supplied Eme...
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American monitor killed in Ukraine when mine blasts vehicle 24.4.2017 Denver Post: National News Headlines
A land mine blew up a vehicle carrying an OSCE monitoring team in the separatist Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine on Sunday, killing an American observer and wounding two European members of the mission, officials reported.
Embattled EPA pitches 40 “quick fixes” to slow poisoning of water at inactive Colorado mines 23.4.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
"Funding is a question. We certainly will be requesting money this year. We will start the work as soon as the funding is available - no earlier than probably the fourth quarter this year." - EPA remedial project manager Rebecca Thomas
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More coal is rolling out of the pro-Trump Western Slope, but is it adding up to any jobs? 16.4.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Two coal trains a day are rolling out of the North Fork valley destined for the foreign market, but laid-off miners aren't being called back to work.
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Blocked pipe spilling tainted water over Idaho mine tailings 16.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Hailey, Idaho • A blocked or broken pipe is causing tainted water in a pond to spill over the soil cap of an old mine’s tailing pile on state-owned land in central Idaho. The water contains orange iron oxide from water seeping from the tailings pile at the Triumph Mine about 12 miles (19 kilometers) north of Hailey. State officials say the seepage doesn’t pose a threat to the environment but children should avoid playing in the area. “It’s just not an area where you want to be hanging out in,” s...
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Op-ed: Shall we watch the death of our legacy? 13.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Following is a quote from a wonderful little book, “The Rediscovery of North America” by Barry Lopez: “When people have rallied against environmentalism for the restrictions it has brought to impose, they have charged — I’m thinking of loggers in Oregon, and shrimp fishermen in the gulf, and oil drillers on the North Slope — that environmentalists are out to destroy the independent spirit of the American entrepreneur. They have meant to invoke an image of self-reliance and personal responsibilit...
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'Land of Mine' a predictable wartime drama 7.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
The Danish movie “Land of Mine” is as unsurprising and by-the-book as a wartime drama could be, and the only burning question one has leaving a screening is, “This pedestrian movie was a Foreign-Language Oscar nominee?” World War II is coming to an end, and the Danish military is taking back land that was occupied by the Germans, along with a slew of German soldiers as prisoners of war. The Germans left some 2.2 million land mines buried in the beaches of Denmark’s west coast — and the Danish br...
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Bears Ears spares uranium, leaving unstudied fossil trove out of monument boundaries 6.4.2017 Denver Post: Local
What was left outside the boundaries of the new Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah is a relief to uranium miners. But paleontologists worry that evidence of the point in time aquatic life moved to land will be destroyed if Red Canyon is mined.
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Interior Department repeals Obama-era rule on coal royalties 4.4.2017 Denver Post: All Political News
The Interior Department said Monday it is scrapping an Obama-era rule aimed at ensuring that coal companies don't shortchange taxpayers on huge volumes of coal extracted from public lands, primarily in the West.
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Interior repeals Obama-era rule on coal royalties 4.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • The Interior Department said Monday it is scrapping an Obama-era rule aimed at ensuring that coal companies don’t shortchange taxpayers on huge volumes of coal extracted from public lands, primarily in the West. The Trump administration had put the rule on hold after mining companies challenged the regulation in federal court. Monday’s action repeals the Obama-era rule and begins a process seeking public comments on whether to change the way the government values coal mined on feder...
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There’s little dignity left in coal 3.4.2017 Denver Post: Opinion
President Donald Trump's tiny base of coal workers finds itself in the undignified position of trying to push a product on a nation that no longer wants it.
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Colorado coal saved from costly power plan 1.4.2017 Denver Post: Opinion
The Trump administration has thankfully restored some common sense to our energy policy.
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Chinese workers dig in Pakistan desert for coal 1.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
In the dusty scrub of the Thar desert, Pakistan has begun to dig up one of the world’s largest deposits of low-grade, brown, dirty coal to fuel new power stations that could revolutionize the country’s economy. The project is one of the most expensive among an array of ambitious energy developments that China is helping the country to build as part of a $55 billion economic partnership. A $3.5 billion joint venture between the neighbors will extract coal to generate 1.3 gigawatts of electricity ...
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Scott Tipton: Rolling back federal overreach 31.3.2017 Steamboat Pilot
During the past several weeks, my team and I have received questions from many constituents about the Congressional Review Act. The CRA was established in 1996 and gives Congress the authority to disapprove of a regulation within 60 days of the date the regulation is finalized. Either the House or Senate can introduce a resolution of disapproval, which, when passed by a simple majority in both chambers and signed by the president, will void the regulation. If a regulation is finalized within the last 60 legislative days of a Congressional session, the 60-day time period for which a resolution of disapproval can be introduced resets in the new Congress. Prior to the 115th Congress, the CRA had only been used successfully once, in 2001, after outgoing President Bill Clinton issued a midnight regulation — a regulation issued in the last 60 legislative days of an outgoing president’s term — called the Ergonomics Rule. President George W. Bush signed a congressional resolution to void the Ergonomics Rule on ...
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As Utah mine now hopes to expand, groups pursue dueling lawsuits over the lifted coal-lease moratorium 31.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Environmental groups wasted no time challenging the legality of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s Wednesday order lifting a year-old moratorium on coal leasing on public land. Represented by Earthjustice, a consortium of groups filed suit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Great Falls, Mont., alleging that the move derails a much-needed overhaul of the federal coal program. It hasn’t undergone an environmental review since 1979, when the government was trying to increase reliance on coal for power...
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Easing coal rules unlikely to make U.S. energy independent 29.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Dallas • The Trump administration is gutting Obama-era regulations opposed by the coal industry, but the strategy isn’t likely to have much effect on U.S. energy independence. President Donald Trump said Tuesday he was ushering in “the start of a new era” in energy production by signing an executive order that seeks to block, reverse or review several of President Barack Obama’s initiatives to limit climate change. Some will take effect immediately. Others could take years and face long court ch...
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