Topic: Environmental Politics

Environews: Audit: Community Impact Funds misspent for industry subsidies

A legislative audit of Utah’s Permanent Community Impact Funds released in May found that money is being misspent for industry subsidies and economic development instead of for the …

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A congressman once told me that Utah’s vast barren desert was an unappreciated economic asset. Everything we make, he said enthusiastically, involves some kind of toxic byproduct t …

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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The Kane County Water District, led by former Utah legislator Mike Noel, has withdrawn support for the Lake Powell Pipeline project.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: Earthquake Preparedness

Now is a good time to update your family disaster plan. The 5.7 earthquake that shook Magna and surrounding areas on March 18 (followed by 1,370 aftershocks as of April 17) was not …

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Environews for May 2020

Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone —Joni Mitchell (Big Yellow Taxi)   Earthquake preparedness Now is a good time to update your fami …

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EnviroNews: Slashing monuments costs jobs

More than 700 jobs in the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante regions could be lost as a result of Trump-era National Monument reductions, according to an economic study publi …

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EnviroNews: 2020 Conservation in the West Poll

Colorado College has released the results of their annual Conservation in the West Poll, which asks voters in the Rocky Mountain West to weigh in on conservation of national parks …

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EnviroNews: Save 2% for Utah

The Utah Rivers Council has launched a “Save 2% for Utah” campaign demanding more ambitious water conservation strategies from the Utah Division of Water Resources (DWR). DWR plans …

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EnviroNews: Another bad sage grouse plan for Utah

The Trump Administration has announced yet another bad plan to undermine sage-grouse conservation. Sage grouse are an indicator species for the health of sagebrush ecosystems and m …

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EnviroNews: No Snowpack, No Colorado River

Utah’s largest water reservoir is contained in snowpack that releases water all summer long. Scientists estimate that in the Colorado River basins, annual mean discharge from snowp …

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EnviroNews: Fracking Permits Threaten Pronghorn Migration

A coalition of environmental groups has filed a legal objection to a federal permit for 3,500 fracking wells that would cut off the “Path of the Pronghorn,” a 170-mile migration ro …

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