2010

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Molycorp's Mountain Pass mine for rare earth elements

Rare earth metals: Weighing the costs of unobtainium

Posted: December 2, 2010
As this year comes to a close, anxiety continues to mount about how public and private interests in the U.S. are going to get their hands on enough...
shale gas drilling

Hydraulic fracturing: The fracas explained

Posted: November 19, 2010
When the EPA sent a subpoena to Halliburton last week, demanding to know what’s in the fluid used to drive their hydraulic fracturing process for...
Energy, Water
Colorado River delta.

Colorado River: Time for action

Posted: November 3, 2010
Being realistic about supply, and tough on demand, seems the best way to manage the Colorado River moving forward.
Climate, Energy, Water
Wind energy and the Navajo.

Sustainable energy: Wind balkers in Navajo country

Posted: October 30, 2010
Prairie dog reprieve.

Prairie dogs: One rancher's fight for balance

Posted: October 28, 2010
When a rancher fights to keep prairie dogs on his land, it leads to some head-scratching. After all, the two are famous foes—many ranchers see...
shale gas plays in the united states

Shale Plays in the Intermountain West: Legal and Policy Issues

Posted: October 19, 2010
Is shale gas the answer to our nation's energy crisis?
endangered species act leopard

Obama’s treatment of endangered species: too soft or just right?

Posted: August 2, 2010
Some have criticized President Obama’s snail’s pace when it comes to listing species as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. So far, he is...
Wildlife

The National Press Club was Wrong to Invite Don Blankenship to Speak

Posted: July 26, 2010
At his National Press Club speech, Blankenship tried to shift fault for the accident from himself and his company to the federal regulators. The...
Forests, Other

Kerry-Lieberman: Thoughts

Posted: May 27, 2010
Senator Graham pulled out, so it is no longer a tri-partisan effort, more like a Frankenstein of good intentions and unrealized ambitions. What was...
Climate, Other

Sex, Drugs, and Mineral Regulation

Posted: May 24, 2010
For years, Mineral Management Service (“MMS”) has been busy cozying up to the Oil and Gas Industry. In 2008, the Inspector General of the Interior...
Energy, Water
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