Natural Resources

"Sand Mining Surges in Wisconsin; State Feeds National Fracking Boom"

Western Wisconsin is in the middle of a sand rush -- as companies mine the silica used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to produce natural gas. The mining operations have stirred concerns about effects on land and groundwater and health impacts on nearby residents.

Source: WisconsinWatch, 08/01/2011

"Appalachian Poverty Concentrated Around Mine Sites, WVU Study Says"

"Poverty in Appalachia is concentrated in the communities around mountaintop removal mines, and people living in those areas suffer greater risk of early deaths, according to a new scientific paper by a West Virginia University researcher."

Source: Charleston Gazette, 07/25/2011

"Wilderness, Grazing Fuel Debate Over 1.1M-Acre Montana Refuge"

"The Fish and Wildlife Service has been flooded with public comments over a proposed management plan for the second-largest national wildlife refuge in the lower 48 states, including an 8,000-acre net decrease in potential wilderness area and significant changes in how livestock are managed."

Source: Greenwire, 07/15/2011

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