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.

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