Water & Oceans

"Tribe Files Legal Challenge to Stall Dakota Access Pipeline"

"Construction crews have resumed work on the final segment of the Dakota Access pipeline, and the developer of the long-delayed project said Thursday that the full system could be operational within three months. Meanwhile, an American Indian tribe filed a legal challenge to block the work and protect its water supply."

Source: AP, 02/10/2017

"Guardians of a Vast Lake, and a Refuge for Humanity"

"Thousands of years ago, every lake was like Great Bear Lake. So pure you could lower a cup into the water and drink it. So beautiful that people composed love songs to it. So mysterious that many believed it was alive. Today, of the 10 largest lakes in the world, it is the last one that remains essentially primeval."

Source: NY Times, 02/09/2017

"US Government Fails To Track Toxic Spills In Nation’s Waterways"

The National Response Center, run by the Coast Guard, takes reports of toxic spills and is supposed to keep a database on spill incidents. But a new study shows that it does nothing of the sort -- putting the public at risk by keeping them in the dark.

Source: Reveal, 02/08/2017

Enviro, Energy Reporters Look at Prospects for Beat in 2017

Veteran journalists gathered in Washington, D.C. last Friday, Feb. 3, to share insights into how environment and energy policy may unfold in the year ahead — and to urge colleagues to prepare for possibly dramatic shifts ahead. Key takeaways, plus video, audio clips and a presentation by SEJ's president. Photo: Washington Post reporter Daryl Fears; courtesy of Schuyler Null/Wilson Center.

"Judge Asked To Lift Hold On Yellowstone Dam And Protect Fish"

"U.S. officials are pressing a federal judge to lift his 2015 order blocking a proposed irrigation dam and fish passage on the Yellowstone River, warning that a rapidly-disappearing, ancient fish species faces a grim future with further delays to construction."

Source: AP, 02/03/2017

"Senators Ask EPA Help for Carcinogen in Long Island Water"

"U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, both New York Democrats, Friday called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to 'prioritize and accelerate' the risk evaluation for 1,4-dioxane, a potential carcinogen found in 71 percent of Long Island water supply systems."

Source: ENS, 02/01/2017

"1,700 Residents Of Flint, Michigan Sue EPA Over Water Crisis"

"More than 1,700 residents of Flint, Michigan who say the Environmental Protection Agency mismanaged the water crisis that exposed thousands of children to lead poisoning have sued the U.S. government, seeking class action status for their claims."

Source: Reuters, 02/01/2017

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