Natural Resources

News Media Coalition Appeals Gag Orders in Blankenship Case

After a judge refused to reverse most of the secrecy ruling around the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster caused by Massey Energy's safety violations, the media outlets appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Now a coalition of many more media groups, led by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, have filed a friend-of-the-court brief opposing the secrecy ruling as unconstitutional.

"Park Service Surveys The Environment's Accoustical Health"

The National Park Service has been documenting the acoustic environment in National Parks for years. But in addition to the sounds of nature --  Coyotes in Colorado, a hummingbird in Washington State, elk from Sand Dunes National Park -- the microphones also capture the sounds of civilization -- such as sirens.

Source: NPR, 02/23/2015
March 24, 2015

Implications of EPA's Coal Ash Rule on Regulated Entities and the Environment

On December 19, 2014, EPA’s Administrator signed the first ever federal rule regulating the disposal of coal ash, determining it should be regulated as a solid waste. The Environmental Law Institute invites you to Washington, DC (or via teleconference) for an in-depth examination of the final coal ash rule. Panelists will explain the rule’s workings and answer questions.

Pebble Mine in Alaska: EPA Becomes Target By Planning for Rare ‘Veto’

"Just north of Iliamna Lake in southwestern Alaska is an empty expanse of marsh and shrub that conceals one of the world’s great buried fortunes: A mile-thick layer of virgin ore said to contain at least 6.7 million pounds — or $120 billion worth — of gold."

Source: Wash Post, 02/17/2015

Judge Dismissses Wetlands Damage Suit Against Oil, Gas Companies

"A federal judge on Friday (Feb. 13) dismissed a controversial wetlands damage lawsuit filed by the east bank levee authority against more than 80 oil, gas and pipeline companies, ruling that the authority failed to make a valid claim against the energy firms."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 02/16/2015
February 27, 2015

DEADLINE: IJNR Sagebrush Country Institute

The Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources invites applications by Feb 27th for this Apr 6-13, 2015 institute to Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado and Idaho. Fellows will  explore the longstanding Greater Sage Grouse story, its habitat and the area's related natural resource, energy and environment issues.

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