Plan approved for drilling 18,000 gas wells in Montana
Every well pad disrupts from 5 to 20 acres-
Leaking gas is a potent climate changer. Disrupted soil does not sequester carbon. Native vegetation at the well site is almost impossible to restore. Coalbed methane wells produce huge amounts of saline (generally unreusuable water).
Story by Matthew Brown. Plan […]Continue Reading →
We need Interior decorating (Not Salazar, nor Kemmis)
28-year drift toward “disastrous . . . consensus decision-making” on public lands-
“We need Interior decorating.” By Brian Horejsi. Colorado Springs Independent.
My view is that consensus decision-making, bargaining over what the rules and law are, destroys respect for the law and makes the country lawless, as we have seen with the Bush Administration […]Continue Reading →
Off-road vehicle use fuels tension, violence across U.S.
Most violence over private property and those who try to enforce the law-
This is according to USA Today. By Emily Bazar.Continue Reading →
PEER: Interior Department needs new brooms to sweep it clean
Whistleblowers and Reformers Required to Rejuvenate Ravaged Agencies
In response to President-elect Obama’s decision to name rancher Ken Salazar Secretary of the Interior, a selection widely celebrated by extractive industry groups and current Bush Interior head Dirk Kempthorne, grass-roots wildlife, public land, and animal rights activists continue to scratch their heads with dismay. It’s […]Continue Reading →
Idaho is a manure gold mine. Methane can be captured from the state's pile of muck
Potent greenhouse gas (methane) from mega-feedlots could become fuel rather than fueling global warming-
Idaho’s energy czar wants to harness power of manure. By The Associated Press
Southern Idaho is full of vast stinky livestock feedlots (dairy and beef). Here is one way to amelioate the situationContinue Reading →
Yellowstone earthquake swarm . . . biggest swarm in Park for years
Earthquake swarm is near the middle of the caldera.
Yellowstone Earthquake Swarm Puzzles Scientists. By LiveScience Staff
The earthquake swarm begin Dec. 27. The strongest quake has been a 3.9 quake. That could do some minor damage, but the big question is “does it mean anything?” Most questions are about an eruption. This […]Continue Reading →
Infected moose may have been an anomaly-
Wyoming’s ungulates herds in NW Wyoming, including Yellowstone Park may have dodged the CWD bullet for now.
Wyoming Game and Fish may still have a short time to do away with wintertime elk feeding. Of course, they won’t.
Story: Good news for elk? Agency finds no further […]Continue Reading →
Omnibus public lands bill carries Craig's water
In October, Ralph commented on Larry Craig dropping his opposition to protecting the Snake River in Wyoming. A change of heart from an Idaho politician renowned for his anti-environmentalist zeal ? Not quite. The bill is lumped with a bunch of bills in the massive Omnibus public lands bill. The motivation for Craig’s “turnabout” […]Continue Reading →
Livestock as four legged picnic baskets
George Wuerthner wrote a letter to the editor making a great point about the double-standard regarding livestock/wolf conflicts – especially on public lands :
In our national parks it’s illegal to leave out picnic baskets because it will lead to human-bear conflicts. To save bears, humans are fined if they fail to put away food.
[…]Continue Reading →
The right way to do solar power
Don’t take up huge swaths of land-
I found this video that shows solar power underway with a deemphasis on remote solar collection in land-destroying mega-farm and vast transmission lines to electricity load centers.
Orchards of the sun on space.com. Let’s hope Obama will go this route. Not only is it better for our […]Continue Reading →
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