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Economists urge White House, Congress to protect more public lands

By | 12.02.11 | 5:06 pm | More from The Colorado Independent

Protecting public lands can be a boon for the private sector, attracting companies and workers to the communities that border them, more than 100 economists wrote in letter to President Obama this week.

The letter (PDF) , signed by Texas A&M professor Douglass Shaw, urges the president to invest More…

Sierra Club says Cain ad that trounces EPA not worth response

By | 11.16.11 | 11:31 am | More from The Iowa Independent

False claims on Environmental Protection Agency regulations made in a Herman Cain ad aren’t worth responding to, a spokeswoman for the Sierra Club says, claiming voters are smart enough to see through political rhetoric in the ad.

Herman Cain’s Iowa campaign says claims that the EPA says are false came from farmers

By | 11.15.11 | 1:35 pm | More from The Iowa Independent

The chairman for Herman Cain’s Iowa effort says the campaign “relied more on the word of farmers than Washington regulators” in deciding to run an ad containing claims the Environmental Protection Agency says are false.

EPA administrator defends allowing Florida to write its own water pollution rules

By | 11.15.11 | 1:33 pm | More from The Florida Independent

The Environmental Protection Agency has come under fire for its decision to allow the state of Florida to write its own water pollution rules (known as “numeric nutrient criteria”). EPA Regional Administrator Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming is now firing back, writing that the Agency commends the state Department of Environmental

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Summit on water supply and the Everglades will include a ‘Capitol Lobby Day’

By | 11.15.11 | 1:31 pm | More from The Florida Independent

An upcoming Water Supply Summit hosted by the Everglades Foundation will include a “Legislative Briefing Breakfast” and a “Capital Lobby Day,” according to information released by the group.

Company’s billion-barrel oil boom stirs fracking fears along Colorado’s Front Range

By | 11.15.11 | 11:05 am | More from The Colorado Independent

Revelations Monday that Houston-based Anadarko may be sitting on up to a billion barrels of oil along Colorado’s Front Range immediately raised concerns about the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing in an area of increased residential growth in recent years.

TransCanada will reroute Keystone pipeline to avoid Nebraska Sandhills

By | 11.15.11 | 9:24 am | More from The Michigan Messenger

TransCanada, owners of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, have agreed to reroute the pipeline to avoid the Nebraska Sandhills, a particularly sensitive ecosystem.
The Los Angeles Times reports:

Sen. Mike Flood, speaker of the Nebraska Legislature, announced on the floor that TransCanada Corp. would move the pipeline to

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State attorneys general fighting against new EPA mercury regs

By | 11.14.11 | 1:24 pm | More from The Michigan Messenger

Despite evidence of the impact of mercury on children and public health, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette last month joined with 24 other state attorneys general in filing a lawsuit to scuttle new EPA regulations that would reduce mercury emissions from power plants.

TransCanada VP tells CNN Keystone Pipeline won’t lead to many permanent jobs

By | 11.14.11 | 10:35 am | More from The Michigan Messenger

Defenders of the Keystone XL pipeline have argued that the project is important for creating up to 20,000 new jobs in a struggling economy, but TransCanada, which owns the pipeline, said late last week that the number of permanent jobs would only number in the hundreds.

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EPA finds fracking chemicals in Wyoming groundwater

By | 11.14.11 | 10:07 am | More from The Colorado Independent

An ongoing EPA investigation of possible contamination from hydrofracking in Wyoming has found significant amounts of cancer-causing fracking chemicals in a freshwater aquifer in that state.

ProPublica reports:

A pair of environmental monitoring wells drilled deep into an aquifer in Pavillion, Wyo., contain high levels of cancer-causing compounds and at

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