Wisconsin Tribe Sues Over Proposed Mine in Upper Peninsula

The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin claims in a federal lawsuit that the Environmental Protection Agency must take control of the permitting process for a proposed sulfide mine along a river on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula because the river and its wetlands are protected interstate waters.

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Alaska Tribe and Conservation Groups Take Feds to Task on Mining

The Chilkat Indian Village of Klukwan, along with local and national conservation organizations, sued the Bureau of Land Management in federal court, accusing it of disregarding federal laws requiring consideration of the full impacts of mineral mining when it approved a mine exploration plan.

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Coal Insider Tapped to Lead Agency That Regulates Mines

In yet another signal of the Trump administration’s departure from the previous administration’s environmental policies in favor of robust fossil fuel development, President Donald Trump nominated a former mining engineer to run the Interior Department Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement on Thursday.

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High Court Spurns Divisive Cases on Guantanamo, Sexting & Coal Exec

Divisive cases concerning the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, a school cafeteria worker charged with sexting a student and a coal magnate imprisoned for a mine explosion were among dozens turned away Tuesday by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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