Click here to read a new report on oil shale exploration and production [well, maybe someday] from Melinda Kassen: For more than a century, efforts to wring oil out of rock formations in the Rocky Mountain West have waxed and waned. The deposits underlying northwestern Colorado, southwestern Wyoming and northeastern Utah have been portrayed as […]

via Water Under Pressure: What Oil Shale Could Mean for Western Water, Fish and Wildlife — Coyote Gulch

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Recently Michael MacDonald examined the impact agri-environmental schemes have had in the UK and, in particular, Wales. Now Associate Editor Peter Manning highlights the need to focus on evidence of these schemes’ effects when considering agricultural policy reform. There is now overwhelming evidence that agricultural intensification has proven disastrous for wildlife, and that policies encouraging […]

via Do wildlife-friendly farming subsidy schemes deliver their expected benefits? — The Applied Ecologist’s Blog

Judge blocks fracking on 300,000 acres in Wyoming WildEarth Guardians March 20, 2019NEWSCLIMATE + ENERGYFEATURED In a decision with implications that could ripple across the American West, in response to Guardians’ suit, a federal judge ruled on March 19 that the Bureau of Land Management ignored the climate impacts of selling public lands in Wyoming […]

via Judge Rudolph Contreras temporarily blocked fracking on 300,000 acres in Wyoming and ordered the Bureau of Land Management to redo its environmental analysis of the sales — Eslkevin’s Blog

Toronto Area Waterways Getting Saltier.

The indiscriminate use of road salt  and salt-laced brine can push some Toronto area waterways to saline levels exceeding even that of the oceans, recent research indicates.

U.S. studies, too, around  large cities where winter weather is dealt with by putting salt on roadways, are indicating similar findings, and serious long-term implications, as fish and amphibian species are seriously impacted and declining.

If we need to drive cars in the winter on winter roads, we need to find alternative ways of dealing with these seasonal conditions…

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Center for Biological Diversity New Release State, Conservation Groups Win Lawsuit Against Trump Administration LOS ANGELES— A federal court today ordered the Trump administration to stop issuing permits for offshore fracking in federal waters off the California coast. U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez concluded that the federal government violated the Endangered Species Act and […]

via Court Orders Moratorium on Offshore Fracking Off California — Natural History Wanderings

$260 Billion Estimated Cost to Clean Up The Alberta Tar Sands

A regulatory document from the Alberta, Canada, energy authorities reveals a study estimating a cost of $260 billion to clean up the tar sands. One might wonder what the total revenue to the oil companies has been since the tar sands have been actively in production.

A flawed system of industrial oversight seems responsible, many warned of problems over the past number of years.

Extensive tailing ponds, and inactive oil and gas exploration wells, are all siting, waiting to be cleaned up, occupying a huge area in northern Alberta.

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