New York Daily News 4/1/2013
Excerpt: “A Colorado mining company’s plans to restart operations at a Grand Canyon uranium mine have environmentalists and Native Americans crying foul. The Sierra Club, the Center for Biological Diversity, Grand Canyon Trust Program, and the Havasupai Tribe have all filed suit against the U.S. Forest Service to try and stop Energy Fuels Resources from resuming uranium mining operations at Arizona’s Canyon Mine.
Despite a 20-year ban on uranium mining put in place by the Dept. of the Interior in 2012, Energy Fuel Resources’ claim to the land in the Kaibab National Forest, which borders Grand Canyon National Park and the Havasupai Reservation, was grandfathered into place. …”
Read entire article at http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/environmentalists-band-stop-grand-canyon-mining-article-1.1305114
Arizona Daily Star 3/22/2013
Excerpt: “WASHINGTON – A four-hour congressional hearing grew testy Thursday as House members considered a bill to swap thousands of acres of private and federal land to make way for a massive copper mine in Central Arizona. The bill to trade land near Superior with Resolution Copper Mining passed the House last year but stalled in the Senate, and is back now for its eighth year.
Supporters said the deal, which would give Resolution access to a copper-rich piece of government land, would bring thousands of jobs and more than $6 billion in new taxes to the state over 40 years of operation. …”
Read entire article at http://azstarnet.com/business/local/292d86d5-90cf-5238-a816-6979598f05a6.html
Arizona Daily Sun 3/8/2013
Excerpt: “The Havasupai Tribe and three conservation groups filed suit Thursday in an attempt to block the opening of a second uranium mine in the Grand Canyon region, this one about six miles south of the South Rim.
The Canyon Mine lies south of the town of Tusayan and has long been a source of division between would-be miners and area tribes and conservationists. ….”
Read entire article at http://azdailysun.com/news/local/state-and-regional/suit-filed-to-block-uranium-mine/article_ed27fa2a-9186-5d5d-b6a9-76c0e190bf0e.html
Northern Miner 2/19/2013
Excerpt: “AN CARLOS, Ariz., Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Representatives Paul Gosar (R, AZ District 4) and Ann Kirkpatrick (D, AZ District 1) re-introduced the “Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2013,” formerly H.R. 1904 in the 112(th) Congress.
“It is outrageous that members of our Arizona Congressional delegation support a land swap that benefits a foreign mega-mining giant over what’s best for Arizona,” said Terry Rambler, Chairman, San Carlos Apache Tribe. …”
Read entire article at http://www.northernminer.com/press-releases/story.aspx?id=1002081564
Bloomberg News 1/30/2013
Excerpt: “After decades of unpredictable ski seasons that lasted as little as four days, the Arizona Snowbowl resort took a bold step last month: It started ensuring a reliable supply of snow by using water recycled from sewage.
The ski area near Flagstaff is the first in the U.S. to make snow entirely from treated effluent — something that could become more widespread as facilities across the country confront drought, future water restrictions and climate change. …..”
Read entire article at http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-30/sewer-snow-on-sacred-mountain-may-show-skiing-s-future.html
New York Times 1/11/2013
Excerpt: “After a decade of legal battles, a ski resort in Northern Arizona recently became the first in the world to make artificial snow totally out of sewage effluent. On Dec. 24, Arizona Snowbowl fired up its snow guns for the first time, and to everyone’s surprise, the snow that blasted onto the mountain was yellow.
The discolored snow has sharpened an already fraught conflict. ….”
Read entire article at http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/11/discolored-slopes-mar-debut-of-snow-making-effort/
Washington Times 12/9/2012
Excerpt: “On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court considered a petition by miners to review a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that the Forest Service must consult with the Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) when miners notify the Forest Service that they plan to engage in suction drilling on their claims in the Klamath National Forest. The Karuk Tribe of California, which brought the suit, claims the Forest Service’s mere receipt and review of notices from miners constitutes “agency action,” which triggers an Endangered Species Act (ESA) requirement that it consult with the FWS. ….”
Read guest editorial at http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/dec/9/miners-vs-american-indians-over-private-land-use/
Excerpt: “WASHINGTON — Protection of sites held sacred by American Indians and Alaska Natives will be bolstered under a memorandum of understanding signed Thursday by four federal agencies and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
The memo signed by the departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy and Interior also calls for improving tribal access to sites that are on federal land. ……”
Read entire article at http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2012/12/government_promises_to_improve.html
New York Times 11/19/2012
Excerpt: “Weeks before the snow guns at the Arizona Snowbowl ski area are set to begin blowing artificial snow made from sewage effluent — a focus of a 10-year legal battle — the Hopi tribe has mounted a new challenge, arguing that the plan could jeopardize the survival of a fragile plant. ….”
Read entire article at http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/19/snow-sewage-and-a-fragile-alpine-plant/?partner=rss&emc=rss
Arizona Daily Sun 11/16/2012
Excerpt: “The Hopi Tribe filed suit Wednesday in federal court in the District of Columbia, seeking an injunction to block snowmaking with reclaimed wastewater at Arizona Snowbowl this winter because of a threatened plant.
The case has been assigned to a judge, but there has been no decision at this point as to whether the lawsuit could delay snowmaking at Snowbowl.
The tribe contends the Coconino National Forest didn’t adequately consider some of the compounds found in the treated effluent and the possibility that the snow could blow more than 1,000 yards in low winds onto endangered plants.
Read entire article at http://azdailysun.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/72975a41-72f2-59cd-b607-5bee4d2336d5.html