Water & Oceans

"Efforts to Save the Cheat River Chart Clearer Course Forward"

"The Cheat River flows pale green and slate gray, glistening in the sunshine as it gathers speed, turns to whitewater and drops between rocks on the way toward the Monongahela River. From there it makes its way to the Ohio River and the drinking water of millions of people. As West Virginia pushes toward an uncertain economic future, a river that once flowed bright orange charts a course out of mining's toxic legacies."

Source: AP, 12/01/2016

EPA's Late Changes To Fracking Study Downplayed Risk To Drinking Water

"Top officials of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last year made critical changes at the eleventh hour to a highly anticipated, five-year scientific study of hydraulic fracturing’s effect on the nation’s drinking water. The changes, later criticized by scientists for lacking evidence, played down the risk of pollution that can result from the well-drilling technique known as fracking."

Source: Marketplace/APM, 12/01/2016

"A Wrenching Choice for Alaska Towns in the Path of Climate Change"

"SHAKTOOLIK, Alaska — In the dream, a storm came and Betsy Bekoalok watched the river rise on one side of the village and the ocean on the other, the water swallowing up the brightly colored houses, the fishing boats and the four-wheelers, the school and the clinic."

Source: NY Times, 11/30/2016

"North Dakota Governor Orders Pipeline Protesters Expelled"

"North Dakota's governor ordered the expulsion of thousands of Native American and environmental activists camped on federal property near an oil pipeline project they are trying to halt, citing hazards posed by harsh weather as a blizzard bore down on the area."

Source: Reuters, 11/29/2016

‘Epic Journey’ for Shorebird ... and Writer

In an award-winning book lauded for its eloquence and serious science, author Deborah Cramer tracks the tale of the first U.S. bird added to the Endangered Species List due to the threat of climate change. More in our 'Between the Lines' interview on the migratory red knot, its bond with the horseshoe crab, and on turning research into writing.

Watch List for Trump Federal Agency Appointments

Sarah Palin for Interior secretary? Her name is among those being mentioned for top environment and energy posts in the incoming Trump administration. To help you cover the shaping of the new cabinet, the latest TipSheet runs down better-known and lesser-known candidates being floated for EPA, Interior, Energy and Agriculture department chiefs. 

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