A new study by Colorado State University and Colorado Parks and Wildlife found that natural gas development could be adversely impacting large areas of critical winter range for mule deer. Source: phys.org
GR: So, if we have the proof (from the study), how long will it take to stop development of natural gas in the mule deer winter range?
55,000 acres of public lands are slated to be auctioned off for fracking in southern Utah. The prospect of more fossil fuel development portends disaster both for our climate and our public lands.
Even as scientists are confirming that it’s time to keep fossil fuels in the ground, the U.S. Department of the Interior continues to open the door for extensive coal, oil, and gas development on o… Source: climatewest.org
GR: The U.S. Department of the Interior has never behaved as if the public lands belonged to American citizens. They have always put the interests of harvesters–loggers, grazers, and miners–ahead of ordinary people. Because when they don’t, Congress gives them the boot.
(AP)—U.S. wildlife officials will decide next year whether a wide-ranging Western bird species needs protections even though Congress has blocked such protections from taking effect, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday.
GR: And the prize goes to……….Homo sapiens! The U. S. Congress has protected the grazing and mining industries from the endangered Sage Grouse. Thank you Thank you. Nothing can stand against us! Cheers, cheers, cheers!
Hundreds of people in British Columbia can’t use their water after more than a billion gallons of mining waste spilled into rivers and creeks in the province’s Cariboo region.
A breach in a tailings pond from the open-pit Mount Polley copper and gold mine sent five million cubic meters (1.3 billion gallons) of slurry gushing into Hazeltine Creek in B.C. That’s the equivalent of 2,000 Olympic swimming pools of waste, the CBC reports. Tailings ponds from mineral mines store a mix of water, chemicals and ground-up minerals left over from mining operations.
The flow of the mining waste, which can contain things like arsenic, mercury, and sulfur, uprooted trees on its way to the creek and forced a water ban for about 300 people who live in the region. That number could grow, as authorities determine just how far the waste has traveled. The cause of the breach is still unknown.
GR: Such a great waste of the land. Ecological succession, the natural process of recovery after a landslide or flood can take hundreds of years. However, the mined landscape looks almost as harsh as a lava flow. Humans could be long gone by the time nature reclaims the land. Oh Canada, what have you done?