Navajo Endorse Red Rock Wilderness Act
Comb Wash in Bears Ears National Monument is one of the roadless areas within America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act. Photo George Wuerthner
The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance’s (SUWA) 8-million-acre wilderness proposal S. 1535 “America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act” just got an important endorsement from the Dine or Navajo Tribe.
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Response to HCN “Fight over tribal sovereighty”
Allen River, Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska. Photo George Wuerthner
Hats off to High Country News for publishing A quest for Alaska oil sparks a fight over tribal sovereignty by Max Graham in their July 6th edition. It represents a good start in providing a more balanced perspective on […]Continue Reading →
NEWPORT, OR — Despite the government shutdown, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has continued to accept new drilling permit applications and requests for site inspection at proposed oil and gas wells. Since December 22, when the shutdown began, a BLM database has posted notice of new proposed oil and gas wells in Alaska, Montana, New Mexico, and […]Continue Reading →
Trump Administration to Auction Off 900,000 Acres for Fracking in Nevada
Massive Lease Sale Includes Public Land Near National Park, Wildlife Refuge
RENO, Nev — The Trump administration plans to auction more than 900,000 acres for oil and gas extraction on the doorstep of Nevada’s only national park and other protected public lands. It would be the largest single lease sale of public lands […]Continue Reading →
‘Carbon Curtain’ exposes suppression of science at a state university
By Erik Molvar, Executive Director, Western Watersheds Project
While Trump administration issues directives banning discourse on climate change and muzzles scientists in federal agencies, the fossil fuel industry may have an even tighter stranglehold over state institutions. In his new exposé of industry meddling in higher education, Behind the Carbon Curtain (slated for an April […]Continue Reading →
FILLMORE, Utah— Conservation groups today condemned a U.S. Bureau of Land Management proposal to auction off 14,943 acres of public land in central Utah for fracking and drilling, which will hurt an imperiled population of greater sage grouse.
The Bureau previously announced that it would include lands occupied by the Sheeprocks sage grouse population and […]Continue Reading →
Review of Public Broadcasting Nature film The Sagebrush Sea
This past week, Public Broadcasting’s Nature film series featured the Sagebrush Sea. The film’s main focus was on the Greater Sage Grouse which is the emblematic creature found in this vast landscape that covers the bulk of many western states including substantial parts of New Mexico Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Oregon, California, Montana and Idaho.
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Alberta election shocker likely good for the environment
New Democrats clear away over 40 years of Conservative rule-
Alberta has never really elected a clearly left wing party, but did so yesterday with a vengeance. Populist yes in the past, e.g, the Social Credit Party, but not a left-wing party.
Voters gave the left wing New Democrats (NDP) a large parliamentary majority (53 […]Continue Reading →
Pipeline rupture under Yellowstone River
Second rupture under Yellowstone River in four years makes Keystone look more ominous-
There has been a massive rupture of the Poplar oil pipeline under the Yellowstone River near Glendive, Montana. This is about a hundred miles upstream from the North Dakota border and the Yellowstone’s confluence with the Missouri River.
The pipeline lay buried […]Continue Reading →
Gas prices at rock bottom. Approve Keystone for ideological reasons?
First priority for new Congress is Keystone pipeline. Why?
Here in Pocatello, Idaho, today gas prices fell to $1.99 a gallon. They have been dropping for over a hundred days in a row. In January a year ago, prices were over $3.75 a gallon.
Meanwhile, the new Republican congress is about to get underway. Their […]Continue Reading →
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