Natural Resources

Will BLM Clampdown On Burning Man Imperil Festival's Free Spirit Ethos?

"Burning Man started three decades ago as a low-key gathering of friends who celebrated summer solstice on a West Coast beach by setting a wooden man aflame. Now, event organizers say the counterculture gathering of arts, music and communal living is eyeing attendance in the six figures, leading to a months-long struggle with federal regulators over whether its swelling size will cause long-term harm to the environment and even make the event vulnerable to a terrorist attack."

Source: NPR, 07/15/2019

Copper Mining Devastated Montana. Now Industry Comeback Is On Horizon.

"The Treasure State looks poised to permit its first new copper mine in decades. Sandfire says it will raise the environmental bar — a promise Montanans have heard before."

"WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, Montana ― In the late 1800s, a homesteader named Johnny Lee settled in a remote gulch along Sheep Creek, a tributary of the Smith River that zigzags west through the rolling Little Belt Mountains of central Montana. For two decades, Lee toiled on a nearby hillside where a small amount of copper had been found, hoping to uncover a large underground deposit of the valuable ore.

Source: HuffPost, 07/05/2019

NPS Diverts $2.5 Million In Fees For Trump’s July 4 Extravaganza

"The National Park Service is diverting nearly $2.5 million in entrance and recreation fees primarily intended to improve parks across the country to cover costs associated with President Trump’s Independence Day celebration Thursday on the Mall, according to two individuals familiar with the arrangement."

Source: Washington Post, 07/03/2019

9th U.S. Circuit Holds Fate Of Organ Pipe Cactus Natl Monument Setting

"How the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules on the Trump administration's bid to build a towering wall across the southern border of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona could wash out the Milky Way for visitors, block wildlife movements, and turn the borderline into something of an industrial construction zone, according to the local Sierra Club representative."

Source: National Parks Traveler, 07/03/2019

"Mich. Attorney General Dana Nessel Moves To Shut Down Enbridge Line 5"

"Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel filed a lawsuit in Ingham County Circuit Court on Thursday that seeks to decommission the Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline across the environmentally sensitive Straits of Mackinac."

Source: Detroit Free Press, 07/01/2019


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