Due process on the line in EPA mine hearings this week

By   /  August 13, 2014  /  Alaska, National, News  /  No Comments

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y M.D. Kittle | Watchdog.org

MADISON, Wis. – Want to do something to defend due process?

Head out to Alaska this week for a full week of Environmental Protection Agency public hearings on the agency’s proposal that could preemptively kill a copper and gold mine in the state’s bush country before developers even submit a plan. There are seven hearings scheduled through Friday.

If you can’t make it to the Last Frontier, you still can add your comments on the EPA’s proposal.

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Alaska mine developers plan to fight EPA’s crippling restrictions

By   /  July 21, 2014  /  Alaska, National, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By M.D. Kittle | Watchdog.org
While the Environmental Protection Agency appears to be backing off its push to pre-emptively kill a proposed copper and gold mine in Alaska’s bush country, the agency is pitching an array of conditions that could stifle the project.
Friday’s proposed list of restrictions, subject of a public comment period through Sept. 19, [...]

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New Mexico shoots down drones for hunting

By   /  June 27, 2014  /  Alaska, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, State Government  /  No Comments

DEATH FROM ABOVE?: New Mexico is considering an outright ban of drones that are used to help hunters track down big game.

New Mexico’s Game Commission unanimously approved a proposal banning drones to help hunters track down big game.

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Why there’s a federal land dispute brewing out West

By   /  June 20, 2014  /  Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming  /  No Comments

WHOSE LAND IS THIS LAND? Unlike states in the East, vast swaths of acreage in the West is owned by the federal government.

A glance at a map showing the percentage of state land owned by the federal government shows a remarkable difference between the East and the West.

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Alaska looks to intervene in EPA mine lawsuit

By   /  June 6, 2014  /  Alaska, National, Northwest  /  No Comments

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – Asserting that the Environmental Protection Agency is setting a dangerous precedent that could stifle development everywhere, the state of Alaska is seeking to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the EPA’s use of a potential mine-killing provision.

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Emails show EPA officials discussed killing Alaska mine plan long ago

By   /  May 5, 2014  /  Alaska, Energy and Environment, National, News  /  No Comments

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MADISON, Wis. – Critics of the Environmental Protection Agency have long been, well, critical of the EPA’s public position on Alaska’s Pebble Mine project.

The federal agency has for years claimed that native Alaskan tribes have led the campaign for EPA action, including invoking a provision that would preemptively kill the proposed multi-billion dollar copper in gold mine in southwest Alaska’s bush country.

New emails obtained by the Washington Times seem to shoot holes in the public assertions of the doth-protest-too-much agency.

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