Great Plains (IA KS ND NE MO SD)

"Minnesota Prairie Restorers Recruit A Surprising Ally: Cows"

"Records say when the first plows sliced through the great Midwestern prairie, a popping sound rang through the air like a volley of pistol shots. It was the sound of millions of roots snapping against the plow's steel blade."

Source: Minnesota Public Radio, 07/01/2016

Chemicals: Watchdog Plagued By 'Investigative Gap,' Low Morale -- Audit

"The U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigated only one out of 27 fatal accidents in the last fiscal year, part of a five-year slide that saw the agency fail to probe more than 90 percent of workplace fatalities, U.S. EPA's inspector general said in a report released yesterday."

Source: Greenwire, 07/01/2016

"The Enormous Threat To America’s Last Grasslands"

"STUTSMAN COUNTY, N.D. — Over the past few years, Neil Shook has watched his world burn acre by acre. 'I could tell something was happening,' Shook recalled, when he first noticed the plumes of smoke in 2011. By 2013, fires were raging every day, sending smoke billowing into the air — imagery that reminded Shook of Kuwait’s burning oil wells during the Persian Gulf War."

Source: Wash Post, 06/21/2016

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


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