Great Plains (IA KS ND NE MO SD)

Refinery Proposed Next To Theodore Roosevelt Natl. Park Raises Concerns

"While falling oil prices have slowed production from North Dakota's oil and natural gas fields, a company sees that lull as the perfect opportunity to build a crude oil refinery in the state. However, its proposed location just three miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park has raised concerns from the National Park Service and conservation groups about how it will impact the park."

Source: National Parks Traveler, 04/19/2016

"Easter Snow Helps U.S. Firefighters Slowly Contain Prairie Wildfire"

"A wildfire that has scorched hundreds of thousands acres of prairie and ranch land in Kansas and Oklahoma since last week was slowly being contained, authorities said on Sunday, with a rare Easter snowfall providing some help to fire-fighting teams."

Source: Reuters, 03/28/2016
April 13, 2016

DEADLINE: IJNR's Prairie Pothole Institute

From Jun 5-11, 2016, IJNR will lead a select group of journalists on a week-long tour of North Dakota's prairie pothole region, exploring the stories that arise when environments and economics intersect. Apply by Apr 13.

Maine Law Hid Threats to Public from Oil Trains

Maine passed a law in 2015 that allowed railroads to keep oil-train routing information from the public — over the governor's veto. In the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting's Pine Tree Watchdog, Dave Sherwood reports how the provision was a bait-and-switch.

"Ethanol Mandate, a Boon to Iowa Alone, Faces Rising Resistance"

"AMES, Iowa — Tim Recker has been growing corn in this state his whole life, and using his crops to make ethanol almost as long, at first by the jar for his trucks, now by the barrel for the nation. That is in large part because Congress in 2005 mandated that oil refiners blend ethanol into gasoline."

Source: NY Times, 02/01/2016

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