Natural Resources

"Michigan Mine Gains Two State Permits; Tribe Vows To Continue Fight"

"The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality this week approved a general mining permit and an air use permit for the Back Forty mine in the western Upper Peninsula despite tribal opposition over its location on sacred ground."

Source: EHN, 12/30/2016

"Obama Names Utah, Nevada Monuments Despite GOP Opposition"

"President Barack Obama designated two national monuments Wednesday at sites in Utah and Nevada that have become key flashpoints over use of public land in the U.S. West, marking the administration's latest move to protect environmentally sensitive areas in its final days."

Source: AP, 12/29/2016

Arctic Oil Rush: Nenets' Livelihood And Habitat At Risk From Oil Spills

"The livelihood of the Nenets people who live along the northern stretches of the Yenisei, Russia’s longest river, depends on two pursuits: fishing and reindeer herding. But locals have said both of those activities are under threat from an oil terminal due to be built on the Tanalau cape, near where the river empties into the Arctic Ocean."

Source: Guardian, 12/26/2016

Interior Pick Zinke "Was Caught in 'Pattern of Fraud' at SEAL Team 6"

"A Montana lawmaker tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to be secretary of the interior committed travel fraud when he was a member of the elite Navy SEAL Team 6, according to three former unit leaders and a military consultant."

Source: The Intercept, 12/21/2016

"Interior: Potential Trump Pick A 'Roosevelt Guy,' But Enviros Wary"

"Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) sees himself as 'a Teddy Roosevelt guy,' a supporter of public lands who makes his own decisions, whether they follow the party line or not. But environmentalists continue to be wary of President-elect Donald Trump's potential pick for Interior secretary."

Source: Greenwire, 12/15/2016

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