Natural Resources

"Protection Sought For New Mexico Park's Geothermal Deposits"

"Underground pockets of boiling water and steam in a northern New Mexico national preserve that represent the heart of an ancient collapsed volcano could get extra federal protection under a proposal by the National Park Service to limit or prevent any negative effects from tapping geothermal energy on neighboring land."

Source: AP, 01/03/2017

Photos: Growing Louisiana Oil and Gas Industry Helps Shrink Coast

"The Louisiana coast loses a football field’s worth of land every 38 minutes. This staggering rate of land loss has been brought on by climate change and coastal erosion accelerated by human activities, including water diversion projects and damage done by the oil and gas industry."

Source: DeSmog, 01/02/2017

"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

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