Natural Resources

"Peabody Coal Clean-Up Protections Questioned In Illinois"

"ST. LOUIS — A Midwest environmental group is questioning the ability of the country's largest coal producer to guarantee it has enough money for future cleanup of its Illinois mines, and it's threatening to sue the state if regulators don't change their approach."

Source: AP, 02/04/2016

"3 More Arrests in Oregon as Protest Leader Says ‘Go Home’"

"The armed occupation of a wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon, which flashed into violent confrontation with law enforcement on Tuesday when eight members of the group were arrested and one was killed, appeared to be unraveling on Wednesday night when the jailed leader of the siege advised his followers to go home."

Source: NY Times, 01/28/2016

2 Bundys Arrested, Finicum Killed Outside Malheur Refuge

"BURNS – Oregon standoff spokesman Robert "LaVoy" Finicum was killed and other leaders of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation were arrested Tuesday after the FBI and state police stopped vehicles about 20 miles north of Burns."

Source: Portland Oregonian, 01/27/2016

"U.S. Moves to Limit Emissions of Planet-Warming Methane"

"The Obama administration on Friday proposed a new rule aimed at curbing emissions of planet-warming methane from oil and gas drilling on public land. It would force companies to use equipment to capture leaked gas and raise the costs they pay for extracting fuel on government property."

Source: NY Times, 01/25/2016

"North Shore: A Natural History of Minnesota’s Superior Coast"

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"North Shore: A Natural History of Minnesota’s Superior Coast"

By Chel Anderson and Adelheid Fischer
University of Minnesota Press, $39.95

Reviewed by STEPHANIE HEMPHILL

“North Shore: A Natural History of Minnesota’s Superior Coast” is vast in scope, thought-provoking and poetic in places.

"Economic Downturns Fuel Sagebrush Rebellion Events"

"When armed anti-federal government militiamen occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, they added strain to Harney County, Oregon’s already-weighty list of woes, which include a shrunken economy and the decline of a once-abundant timber industry."

Source: High Country News, 01/19/2016

"US Files Objection To Alpha Natural Resources' Executive Bonuses"

"A government watchdog agency has filed an objection to Alpha Natural Resources' proposal to pay executive bonuses of up to $11.9 million in 2016, arguing the bankrupt coal company cannot justify the additional pay at a time when it has recorded steep losses and sought to cut retiree benefits. "

Source: Casper Star-Tribune, 01/19/2016

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