Issue Section: Environews

EnviroNews: Kane County withdraws from Lake Powell Pipeline

The Kane County Water District, led by former Utah legislator Mike Noel, has withdrawn support for the Lake Powell Pipeline project. Now Washington County is the only county still …

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EnviroNews: Three cheers for trails!

With travel shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic, people along the Wasatch Front got a chance to rediscover our local urban trail system including gems like Bonneville Shoreline Trai …

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EnviroNews: Too much energy leasing in Southern Utah

Even though the price of oil futures plummeted to less than zero during the pandemic (meaning energy production was so much greater than demand that there was no place to store the …

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EnviroNews: Utah’s public lands close down

After the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic on March 11, Utahns had to endure spring break with no ski lifts, no national or state parks and no Easter camping tr …

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EnviroNews: Earthquake Epicenter Is Under Inland Port

The area slated for Inland Port development overlies the epicenter of earthquakes that rattled Salt Lake City for several weeks in March and April. What could go wrong? The fault t …

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EnviroNews: Development plans issued for land cut from monuments

The Bureau  of Land Management (BLM) has approved development plans for public lands cut from Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments even though lawsuits to re …

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EnviroNews: Oil & gas leases on Slickrock Trail?

The federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is set to offer oil and gas leases on 5,000 acres in the Sand Flats Recreation Area, home to Moab’s famous Slickrock Trail, adjacent to …

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EnviroNews: Update: Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante

Lawsuits are moving forward to restore two Utah national monuments downsized by President Trump in 2017. Last October, the Trump administration tried and failed to dismiss the laws …

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EnviroNews: Trump attack on NEPA is anti-environmental, anti-democratic

The Trump admiration is trying to gut the law that puts the “public” in public lands management. The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is the foundation of environme …

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EnviroNews: Lawsuit targets federal lands leasing

WildEarth Guardians and Physicians for Social Responsibility filed a lawsuit in January to challenge 2,067 oil and gas leases on 2 million acres of federal land in Colorado, Montan …

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EnviroNews: 20 Utah communities commit to 100% renewable

At total of 20 Utah communities have committed to 100% renewable energy by 2030 under Utah’s Community Renewable Energy Act (2019). The Act set a deadline of December 2019 for comm …

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EnviroNews: Air Quality Road Map

At the request of the Utah Legislature, the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah has prepared a report on strategies to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas …

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EnviroNews: Steep rise in rafting, camping fees proposed

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Price Field Office is planning to jack up recreation fees in order to maintain facilities and build new campgrounds. If approved, the per person …

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EnviroNews: Best Friends Animal Society saves the day

Activists in Kanab successfully beat back a plan by Southern Red Sands, LLC to open a 13,000-acre frac sand strip mine 10 miles north of town. The company had planned to start oper …

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EnviroNews: Zion Narrows trail remains open

A popular hiking trail though Zion National Park remains open to the public thanks to a $1.5 million deal negotiated by the Trust for Public Lands and funded by the Land and Water …

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