Natural Resources

"Wyoming Towns Eye Private Funds To Plow Yellowstone Roads"

"With government snow plows idled by federal budget cuts known as the 'sequester,' small Wyoming towns on the fringe of Yellowstone are organizing a private fund-raising drive for this year's spring road-clearing operation inside the national park."

Source: Reuters, 03/15/2013

"As Fracking Increases, So Do Fears About Water Supply"

"CARRIZO SPRINGS, Tex. -- In this South Texas stretch of mesquite trees and cactus, where the land is sometimes too dry to grow crops, the local aquifer is being strained in the search for oil. The reason is hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a drilling process that requires massive amounts of water."

Source: Texas Tribune, 03/08/2013

"Jewell Pressed on Carbon Tax, Coal and Litigation on Public Lands"

"President Obama's nominee for Interior secretary was grilled this morning over how she would balance conservation and development on hundreds of millions of acres of public lands, whether she would support a carbon tax and how she would regulate the controversial technique of hydraulic fracturing."

"Sally Jewell, the CEO of outdoor retail giant REI, was also criticized by some Republican senators over her role as a board member of the National Parks Conservation Association and her support of outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's former "wild lands" policy.

Source: Greenwire, 03/08/2013

"Jewell To Be Grilled on Wide Range of Energy, Wildlife Challenges"

"Sally Jewell's first political test as President Obama's nominee for Interior secretary comes Thursday before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, where she will be grilled on how she plans to run the $12 billion agency that controls one-fifth of the U.S. landmass and nearly all of its oceans."

Source: E&E Daily, 03/06/2013

"Access To Iconic Parks at Risk as NPS Girds for Cuts"

"The National Park Service would be forced to delay the opening of roads into iconic national parks including Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and Yosemite by as much as a month if Congress fails to avert $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts, according to new information obtained by a Park Service retirees group."

Source: Greenwire, 02/21/2013


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