Environmental Justice

Blackjewel’s Bankruptcy Sign of Trouble for Plummeting Coal Industry

"A federal bankruptcy judge in West Virginia could soon decide whether to allow the Blackjewel coal mining company, once the nation’s sixth-largest coal producer, to shed responsibility for thousands of strip-mined acres, setting up a potential crisis over clean-up and reclamation of the land."

Source: Inside Climate News, 03/04/2021

"Environmental Settlement Tool’s Reboot Leaves Target on its Back"

"A popular tool brought back by the Biden administration is expected to fuel future legal challenges for the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency in their shared enforcement of anti-pollution laws."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 03/02/2021

Feds Withdraw Environmental Impact Statement, Delaying Oak Flat Land Swap

"The U.S. Forest Service has withdrawn the final environmental impact statement for a huge copper mine near Superior, temporarily halting a land swap that would have given the mine's owners title to a parcel deemed sacred by many Apaches and other Southwestern tribes."

Source: Arizona Republic, 03/02/2021

Over 25m Drink From Worst US Water Systems, With Latinos Most Exposed

"Millions of people in the US are drinking water that fails to meet federal health standards, including by violating limits for dangerous contaminants. Latinos are disproportionately exposed, according to the Guardian’s review of more than 140,000 public water systems across the US and county-level demographic data."

Source: Guardian, 03/01/2021

"Biden Urged To Back Water Bill Amid Worst US Crisis In Decades"

"Democratic lawmakers and advocates are urging Joe Biden to back legislation proposing unprecedented investment in America’s ailing water infrastructure amid the country’s worst crisis in decades that has left millions of people without access to clean, safe, affordable water."

Source: Guardian, 02/26/2021

"Tribes Flex Political Muscle In Quest To Co-Manage Parks"

"Flexing their newfound political muscle, the nation's 574 federally recognized tribes are gaining momentum in their long drive to co-manage the country's national parks and other public lands — and they've got a new occupant in the White House who may help make it happen."

Source: E&E News, 02/26/2021

"RCMP Patrol Wet’suwet’en Territory Despite UN Calls For Withdrawal"

"One year after the RCMP’s highly publicized militarized raids on land defender camps, a continuous police presence is affecting the lives of Wet’suwet’en people who say intimidation and nuisance tactics are being used to suppress opposition to the Coastal GasLink pipeline"

Source: The Narwhal, 02/25/2021

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