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WASHINGTON — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced late Friday that he will not scrap the agency’s 2014 determination that a large-scale mining operation could irreparably harm Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed. His decision, which falls short of blocking a proposed gold...
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“Catastrophe!” read the local headlines after 3 million gallons of metal-laden muck spilled into Colorado’s Animas River earlier last month. The spill forced the city of Durango to close its drinking water intake, and local business that depend on the river were shut down for weeks. The spill trave...
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Posted by on in Lakes/Rivers/Wetlands
A team of US regulators investigating contamination at a Colorado goldmine accidentally released a million gallons (3.8 million liters) of orange-hued waste water containing sediment and metals into a local river system, the Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday. The waste wate...
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Posted by on in Lakes/Rivers/Wetlands
Colombia: One of the most important wetlands in the world will now be protected from mining threats after it was declared internationally valued following an announcement by the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos.The Inirida Fluvial Star located in eastern Colombia is one of the most bio...
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So far this year, Oklahoma has had more earthquakes of a magnitude 3.0 or greater than any other state in the country — including California. More than 200, just since January. This is a new and remarkable phenomenon. Just five years ago, Oklahoma was averaging only two 3.0 earthquakes a year. Now,...
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Scientists have made an impassioned plea for humanity to pause and think before making a headlong rush to exploit the deep sea. The researchers said the oceans' lowest reaches had untold riches that could benefit mankind enormously, but not if the harvesting were done destructively. The scientists...
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Read about how Colorado is regulating oil and gas emissions.  By Bruce FinleyThe Denver Post Weld County is leading a state boom in oil and gas drilling. Colorado now has more than 50,000 oil and gas wells. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post file) State health officials rolled out groundbreaking ...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
Injecting fluids into the Earth, whether to recover natural gas or to obtain thermal energy from the planet, can cause earthquakes. New reports that look at American fracking, deep waste-water injection and geothermal activities suggest there are big risks and thus a need to develop strong regulator...
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Posted by on in Fishing
Last month I had the opportunity to visit Dillingham, Alaska — a town with no traffic lights, no movie theatres, and a population that could fit comfortably in a single New York City high-rise. I had to fly there, because no roads lead to Dillingham. Although the town isn’t quite the western edge of...
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Researchers at Ohio State University have developed a method to convert coal to heat while capturing 99% of the carbon dioxide emissions. Chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Liang-Shih Fan calls the new technology "coal-direct chemical looping." His team recently tested the new conversi...
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by Jennifer Dalcour from greenerideal.com Metal is extracted from the soil. It is then refined, processed, and transported to various manufacturers where it will undergo further procedures to become products. However, these processes do a lot of damage to the environment. To offset the damages, we ...
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New study on the association between mountaintop mining and birth defects among live births in central Appalachia, 1996–2003 AbstractBirth defects are examined in mountaintop coal mining areas compared to other coal mining areas and non-mining areas of central Appalachia. The study hypothesis is th...
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In the April/May 2008 issue of National Wildlife magazine senior editor Roger Di Silvestro tells us how, because an antiquated 1872 law, hard rock mining companies are able to obtain leases on public lands at ridiculously low cost and extract minerals from those lands at huge profits, and leave behi...
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