Natural Resources

Revealed: The Full Extent Of Trump's Assault On US Wilderness

"Under Donald Trump, the government has auctioned off millions of acres of public lands to the fossil fuel industry, the Guardian can reveal, in the most comprehensive accounting to date of how much public land the administration has handed over to oil and gas drillers over the past four years."

Source: Guardian, 10/27/2020

"With Justice Barrett, a Tectonic Court Shift on the Environment"

"The accession of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court will cement a conservative majority that is likely to give polluting industries freer rein, limit the ability of citizens to sue, and call into question the very basis of the EPA to issue and enforce regulations."

Source: YaleE360, 10/26/2020

"Trump Environmental Rollback Spurs Mining Near Okefenokee"

"A mining company said Tuesday that it plans to dig for minerals without a federal permit at the edge of the vast wildlife refuge in the Okefenokee Swamp, a big step for a once-embattled project that’s now benefiting from the Trump administration’s rollback of environmental rules."

Source: AP, 10/21/2020

"Green Groups Plot Challenges to Land Plans Following Court Ruling"

"A plan opening broad swaths of western Colorado to oil and gas development is among at least 14—and possibly several dozen—Bureau of Land Management plans and decisions that environmental groups say they expect to challenge in the wake of a recent Montana federal court decision."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 10/21/2020

"Interior: Judge Invalidates Pendley's BLM Decisions"

"A federal judge in Montana has once again handed the Bureau of Land Management and its embattled former de facto acting chief, William Perry Pendley, another major legal defeat. Chief Judge Brian Morris of the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana late yesterday [Friday] issued an order invalidating three major land-use plan revisions in Montana as a result of Pendley "unlawfully" leading BLM for more than a year."

Source: E&E News, 10/19/2020

"Minnesota Supreme Court Weighs Fate of PolyMet Mine Permits"

"Lawyers for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine and state regulators urged the Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday to defer to the judgment of the state Department of Natural Resources and reinstate three critical permits for the project."

Source: AP, 10/14/2020

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