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Environmental Politics, Politics, Social Justice

Environews: September 2018

Indigenous action In  July the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition received the gift of a bear totem pole from the Lummi Nation in the Pacific Northwest. The nine-foot-tall totem was …

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Senator Lee advocates  “homesteading” public lands

It seems that rural people are catching on that privatization of public lands would mostly benefit corporations and rich people. In an online presentation to the right-wing Sutherl …

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Pruitt gift to Utah oil

In July Scott Pruitt, the head of Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency resigned in disgrace due to ethics scandals. Before he left he gave a gift to Utah’s oil industry: an exem …

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Conservation groups oppose Estonian company’s expansion of its Utah oil shale strip mine

A coalition of environmental groups has come out in opposition to a massive expansion of oil-shale strip mining in the Uinta Basin. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued a …

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Mining begins in Grand Staircase Escalante

A Canadian mining company called Glacier Lake Resources, Inc. has announced that it will begin exploration for an underground mine on 200 acres that were formerly inside the bounda …

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Coyote hunters are cheating

It seems that hunters have been cheating to get a $50 bounty on coyotes offered by the State of Utah. To receive payment, the State requires hunters to turn in a dry or frozen coyo …

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Alton Coal Mine expansion

The Trump administration has released a final environmental impact statement (EIS) endorsing the expansion of an open pit coal mine near Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks that e …

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Sierra Club: Coal power is costing consumers

Sticking with coal-fired power generation is going to cost Utah consumers a lot of extra money according to a new report from the Sierra Club. An analysis of PacifiCorp, the parent …

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Environmental Politics

Environews: August 2018

Environmental news from around the state and the West. My deepest sorrow is for the degradation of the natural world and the corresponding grief that people feel when they lose the …

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Culture

Talking to Trees

Trebbe Johnson thinks that, in order to heal our broken relationship with the Earth, we can’t just protect and visit the most beautiful, most pristine natural places. We also have …

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Environews: How oil companies lock up public lands

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released in June found that oil and gas companies are locking up millions of acres of public lands in the Western United States by h …

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TOXIC ALGAE IS BACK IN UTAH LAKE

Summer heat has brought toxic algae blooms back to Utah Lake. On June 9 the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued a warning advisory for Provo Bay telling people no …

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THE CORRUPT RYAN ZINKE

A new report from the Western Values Project documents ethical lapses and poor judgment during Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s first year. Among other things, Zinke met with Utah R …

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Environews: Yellowstone Grizzlies in the Crosshairs

Wyoming and Idaho plan to issue licenses for grizzly bear hunting in the greater Yellowstone area, which means bears that wander outside of National Park boundaries could be shot. …

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Environews: Hunting in Bear River Bird Refuge?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to change rules at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in order to open 13,000 acres to hunting.  The change would mean hunting is …

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