Sep 14 2012

Twitter Link Round-Up: Solar Power on the Rise and Isaac Washes Tar Balls on Gulf Shores

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Afraid you missed something interesting in the world of environmental law?  Read on for a (non-comprehensive) list of articles posted on our Twitter feed @WMELSBlog.

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Aug 19 2011

Twitter Link Round-Up: GOP Candidates Don’t Like the EPA and News from Shell Oil Leak in North Sea

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Afraid you missed something interesting in the world of environmental law?  Read on for a (non-comprehensive) list of articles posted on our Twitter feed @WMELSBlog.

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Jul 22 2011

Twitter Link Round-Up: Whitebark Pine Turned Down for ESA Protection and BP has Another Spill, this time in Alaska

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Jan 28 2011

Twitter Link Round-Up: Wild Lands, Invasive Rats, and EPA’s Veto Power

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Afraid you missed something interesting in the world of environmental law?  Read on for a list of articles posted on our Twitter feed @WMELSBlog.

- NYT: @nytimesscience Proposed bill in the House would limit EPA’s veto power and restore the Spruce No. 1′s permit http://nyti.ms/hNNunA

- SA: @sciam A new study shows how climate change could destabilize already weak nations http://bit.ly/eW2Itn

- NYT: @nytimesgreen The Supreme Court declines to intervene in a case of federal vs. state water rights http://nyti.ms/f95cBN

- NYT: @nytimesgreen Henry Waxman (D-CA) is pressing for investigation on who is funding climate skeptic http://bit.ly/gTxNd7 Continue Reading »

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Oct 25 2010

Hot Topics This Week

Mountaintop removal mining

The EPA is moving forward with its plans to revoke a mining permit for the largest mountaintop removal mine in West Virginia: Spruce No. 1.

Environmentalists are cautiously rejoicing as the Environmental Protection Agency takes a step toward vetoing a permit for the highly contended Spruce 1 mountaintop removal coal mine, which would be run by Arch Coal.  If it went through, it would be the largest mine of its kind ever stretching 2,278 acres; an economic boon to the county but an environmental disaster according to some.  The permit in question, one required under the Clean Water Act that would allow the mine to use “valley fills” to dump the materials removed during the mining process, was granted in 2007 under the Bush administration, but the EPA is considering whether to veto that permit before the mine can get fully underway.  The concern is that the coal sludge and mountain debris that is produced by the process of mountaintop removal mining would be pushed into the valleys, destroying streams and potentially infecting the water system.  Arch Coal has proposed that they create new streams to replace the ones filled in, but the EPA is concerned that those streams couldn’t replicate the diversity of fish and plants that are currently supported by the natural streams.  With the high amount of biodiversity in the region, this is a real concern.  A final decision is expected by the end of this year. Continue Reading »

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Oct 18 2010

Hot Topics This Week

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Offshore oil rig

The Obama administration has decided to lift the ban on offshore oil drilling over a month earlier than its original November 30th deadline.

On Tuesday, Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that he was going to lift the ban on offshore oil drilling that has been in place since the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon and resulting disaster.  The ban has been declared illegal in the federal courts in the past but the injunction against it was suspended while the government appealed the decisions.  It was originally scheduled for Despite removing the ban, drilling probably won’t resume for a while as the companies hurry to comply with the new, heightened safety requirements published by the Interior Department.  The delay will be heightened by the lack of inspectors. Continue Reading »

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