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

"Obama Officials 'Strongly' Oppose Roadless Release Bill"

"The Obama administration [Tuesday] roundly denounced a proposal by Republican lawmakers that would release several million acres of protected public lands into local management plans, potentially opening them to timber harvests, oil and gas development, motorized recreation and other uses."

Source: Greenwire, 07/27/2011

"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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