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Nation Jan 22Trump administration approves Keystone pipeline on U.S. land
The Trump administration has approved a right-of-way allowing the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to be built across U.S. land.
Health Jan 09As wildfires get worse, spreading smoke stokes health worries
Increasingly intense wildfires are scorching forests from California to Australia and stoking concern among residents and health professionals about long-term health impacts from smoke exposure.
Nation Jan 02Backlog of toxic Superfund clean-ups grows under Trump
The Trump administration has built up the biggest backlog of unfunded toxic Superfund clean-up projects in at least 15 years, nearly triple the number that were stalled for lack of money in the Obama era, according to 2019 figures quietly…
Nation Oct 21Report: U.S. public land workers assaulted, threatened on job
The report did not say whether rates of assaults and threats were increasing.
Nation Sep 05Squirrels, bees could get U.S. aid but not Yellowstone’s bison
Wildlife advocates have campaigned for decades to halt the routine slaughter of bison migrating out of Yellowstone to reach their winter grazing grounds in Montana.
Politics Apr 16Former Interior Secretary Zinke hired by gold mining firm
U.S. Gold Corp. is pursuing project approvals involving the federal agency that Zinke left fewer than four months ago.
Nation Mar 15U.S. eases land restrictions meant to protect greater sage grouse
Environmentalists say loosening the restrictions will allow more oil and gas drilling and other activities on grouse habitat.
Nation Mar 14U.S. proposes lifting protections for gray wolves
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to revoke the gray wolves' endangered and threatened species status, which could allow them to be hunted.
Nation Mar 06U.S. wildlife officials plan to remove protections for gray wolves
The decision to lift protections is based on the resurgence of the gray wolf population, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife spokesman said.
Nation Feb 20U.S. mining sites dump 50 million gallons of fouled wastewater daily
That torrent is poisoning aquatic life and tainting drinking water sources in Montana, California, Colorado, Oklahoma and at least five other states.