Natural Resources

As Cell Service Expands, National Parks Become Digital Battlegrounds

"When John Muir helped establish the National Park Service, he argued that such parks were vital to help people unplug from the world. 'Break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods,' Muir was quoted as saying in 1915. But these days at Yosemite National Park, hikers to Half Dome are likely to encounter people talking on cell phones as they climb to the top."

Source: McClatchy, 01/03/2018

Energy Remains Big Issue for Public Lands Management

Long-standing disputes over exploitation of public lands bubble over as the Trump administration advances campaign promises to ease restrictions on energy development. A special TipSheet, part of our 2018 Journalists' Guide to Energy & Environment, has resources for covering public lands-related issues as they play out in the coming year.

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Trump DOI Renews Mining Leases Near Minn. Wilderness, Reversing Obama

"The Trump administration moved Friday to renew leases for a copper and nickel mining operation on the border of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, reversing a decision made in the final weeks of Barack Obama’s tenure in office."

Source: Washington Post, 12/29/2017

"Drilling in Arctic Refuge Gets a Green Light. What’s Next?"

"President Trump on Wednesday was poised to sign the new tax bill, passed by Congress, which lifts a decades-old ban on oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Alaska. ... Will exploration begin immediately? No. Both supporters and opponents say it could be years before the first lease sale, a precursor to any drilling."

Source: NY Times, 12/21/2017

"Green Groups Sue Trump Administration Over Delay Of Methane Rule"

"A coalition of nearly 20 environmental and Native American tribal groups sued the Trump administration on Tuesday, challenging its delay of a rule limiting emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas drilling operations on federal lands."

Source: Reuters, 12/20/2017

EPA Offers No-Bid Media Contract; Zinke Reprimands Official on Climate Tweet, CDC Bans Phrases and More

The CDC has apparently banned seven politically incorrect words and phrases, including “science-based," from budget documents. And a no-bid media contract for the EPA may include opposition research on agency employees. That, plus a climate tweet reprimand and more, in the latest edition of WatchDog.

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