Natural Resources

"Can the President Shrink – Or Even Eliminate – National Monuments?"

"President Trump's latest executive order opens the door to reducing or revoking two dozen national monuments, including Bears Ears in Utah. It's far from clear, however, that the president has the legal authority to do so."

Source: Christian Science Monitor, 04/27/2017

Trump To Issue Order Reviewing 21 Yrs Of National Monument Designations

"President Trump will sign an executive order Wednesday instructing the Interior Department to review national monument designations his three predecessors have made over the past 21 years, according to administration officials and GOP lawmakers, a move that could upend protections that previous presidents have put in place in Utah and elsewhere across the country."

Source: Washington Post, 04/25/2017

Hydro Plant Next to Joshua Tree NP Wouldn't Hurt The Environment: Feds

"Federal officials have concluded that infrastructure for a proposed hydropower project — which would tap billions of gallons of groundwater in the California desert, just outside Joshua Tree National Park — wouldn't be especially harmful to the environment."

Source: Palm Springs Desert Sun, 04/24/2017

"Alarm Raised As Mystery Pest Destroys Mississippi Delta Marsh"

"Eric Newman speeds through the maze of bayous at the Mississippi River's mouth with the confidence of someone who's done this for decades. He points to prime spots to catch redfish, where crabbers go for blues and the grassy channel where his grandfather had a fishing camp. Suddenly, he slows his boat."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 04/13/2017

Trump Order Could Ease Curbs On Oil, Gas Drilling In Some National Parks

"When President Donald Trump signed his “energy independence” executive order on Tuesday, he made no mention of making it easier for energy companies to drill for oil in national parks. But tucked into his 2,300-word order is a sentence that could do just that, potentially affecting national park lands in Florida, Kentucky, Texas and other states."

Source: McClatchy, 03/31/2017

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