Natural Resources

Zinke Signs Land-Swap Deal For Road Through Alaska’s Izembek Wilderness

"Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed a land-swap agreement Monday to allow a small, remote Alaska town to construct a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, a vast wilderness area that has been protected for decades."

Source: Washington Post, 01/23/2018

"Wisconsin Tribe Files Lawsuit Over Mine Permitting On Sacred Land"

"The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin today filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency claiming the agencies have failed to take 'primary responsibility' for wetland permitting on a controversial proposed open pit mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula."

Source: EHN, 01/23/2018

Trump DOI Weighs Keeping Natl Parks Open Even If Government Shuts Down

"As a Friday deadline for a government shutdown approached, the Trump administration began setting plans in motion to halt scores of federal functions — even as it scrambled to keep hundreds of national parks and monuments open to the public to minimize anger over the disruption of services."

Source: Washington Post, 01/19/2018

State Dept Pledges Action on Montana’s Polluted Transboundary Watersheds

"The U.S. Department of State is spearheading a plan to tackle the decade-long problem brewing in the transboundary Kootenai River watershed, where toxic contaminants leaching from upstream Canadian coal mines into Montana’s watersheds continue to poison the prized aquatic ecosystem."

Source: Flathead Beacon, 01/17/2018

Most Members Of National Parks Advisory Panel Resign In Frustration

"Three-quarters of the members of a federally chartered board advising the National Park Service abruptly quit Monday night out of frustration that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had refused to meet with them or convene a single meeting last year."

Source: Washington Post, 01/17/2018

In Trump Era, Author Ponders What TR Would Do

The environmental legacy of past presidents tells us much about the current White House, whose occupant author Douglas Brinkley calls "a used car salesman of the worst kind." In this "Between the Lines" Q&A, the historian talks about what we can learn from TR and FDR, the future of the environmental movement and the role of journalists.

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"Uranium Miners Pushed Hard for a Comeback. They Got Their Wish."

"Garry Holiday grew up among the abandoned mines that dot the Navajo Nation’s red landscape, remnants of a time when uranium helped cement America’s status as a nuclear superpower and fueled its nuclear energy program."

Source: NY Times, 01/16/2018

"Pope's Chile Visit To Cast Light On Mapuche Indians' Land Struggle"

"The plight of Chile's indigenous Mapuche people and their struggle for land rights will come under the spotlight as Pope Francis travels to the country on Monday amid growing tension between the Mapuche and loggers and farmers."

Source: Thomson Reuters Fdn, 01/15/2018

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