Posted on March 31, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
A U.S. Geological Survey map shows concentrations of uranium deposits in the U.S.
Objection process finds flaws in environmental review
FRISCO — An environmental study for the proposed expansion of uranium mines in Utah was flawed and needs to be redone, a regional U.S. Forest Service officer said last week, rejecting Manti-La Sal Forest Supervisor Brian Pentecost’s earlier decision to permit the project.
Responding to formal objections by environmental groups, the regional reviewing officer said Pentecost erred in deciding the project would not have a significant impact.
“There are statements that lack rational and conclusions formed without supporting data. A decision made from this record would not be well informed,” George Iversion, the objection reviewing officer, wrote in his March 20 letter to the Western Action Mining Project. Continue reading
Filed under: air quality, Environment, public lands, US Forest Service | Tagged: La Sal Uranium mines, NEPA, public lands, U.S. Forest Service, uranium mining, Utah | Leave a comment »
Posted on September 11, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
The U.S. is the second-largest producer of coal in the world. Photo courtesy BLM.
Federal court order also voids part of Colorado roadless rule for National Forest lands
FRISCO — Arch Coal and the U.S. Forest Service will have to start from scratch before they plan any new mining activities in a roadless area near Paonia.
A federal judge this week vacated existing federal approvals for an exploration plan, for lease modifications and a site-specific exemption to the Colorado Roadless Rule, seen by conservation groups as a blatant give-away to the fossil fuel industry.
This week’s order follows up on a June ruling, when U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson said the U.S. Forest Service failed to account for the costs of carbon pollution associated with any new mining activities. Continue reading
Filed under: energy, Environment, global warming | Tagged: carbon polliution, climate change, coal mining, Colorado, fossil fuels, NEPA | 1 Comment »
Posted on August 31, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Federal agencies want to dial back their requirements to track impacts to endangered species. Photo courtesy Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Cutting back on take limits could put more plants and animals at risk of extinction
By Summit Voice
FRISCO —Watchdog groups are warning that a proposal to weaken endangered species standards could put some plants and animals at greater risk of extinction.
The new rule would scale back the requirement that federal agencies fully track impacts to endangered species under broad programmatic environmental studies. Cumulative impacts on rare species from actions like oil and gas drilling would be discounted in the decision-making process, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.
The change is being proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, both agencies have repeatedly failed to track how the projects they approve are affecting rare and vanishing species. Continue reading
Filed under: biodiversity, endangered species, Environment | Tagged: biodiversity, Center for Biological Diversity, endangered species, endangered species act, NEPA, United States Fish and Wildlife Service | Leave a comment »
Posted on September 6, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Court determines that Forest Service failed to meet environmental review standards in approving exploration project on public lands
Pollution from mining can affect ground and surface water for many decades, like here at the abandoned Pennsylvania Mine site in Summit County, Colorado, where miles of stream have poisoned by acid mine drainage. Photo by Bob Berwyn.
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — A late August federal court ruling from a U.S. District Court in Idaho could have a ripple effect on proposed mining activities around the West.
The decision by U.S. District Court Judge Edward J. Lodge requires the U.S. Forest Service to do more baseline environmental analysis and disclose potential water quality impacts from an exploratory mining proposal.
In his decision, Lodge, a Bush-era appointee, said the Forest Service failed to meet standards spelled out under federal environmental laws when it comes to evaluating and disclosing potential effects to groundwater. Continue reading
Filed under: Environment, public lands, US Forest Service, water | Tagged: Environment, mining, NEPA, public lands, U.S. Forest Service, Western Action Mining Project | 1 Comment »
Posted on December 4, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
The White River National Forest scoping map for proposed improvements at Beaver Creek. Click for a full-size view.
New trails sought at Eagle County ski area. Forest Service begins environmental studies with public comment phase
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The U.S. Forest Service and Beaver Creek Ski Area are starting to study a plan that would add a new women’s downhill race course and new giant slalom course, the latter using parts of existing trails on Grouse Mountain. The proposed improvements would be in preparation of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Championships.
White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams started the process with a notice of intent in the Federal Register aimed at soliciting public comments. Continue reading
Filed under: ski industry, Ski Resorts, skiing and riding, Summit County Colorado | Tagged: Alpine skiing, Beaver Creek, Federal Register, FIS Alpine World Championships 2015, Grouse Mountain, NEPA, Summit County Colorado, Summit County News, White River National Forest, Winter Sports, WRNF | Leave a comment »
Posted on July 14, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
Multiple projects on national forest lands are under way. Watch this YouTube video of the Grateful Dead and Los Lobos singing This Land is Your Land to get fired up, then click on the links below and get involved.
SUMMIT COUNTY — About two-thirds of the land in Summit County is owned by you and me, and managed on our behalf by the U.S. Forest Service. Even the land where our big ski resorts operate is public land, and we all have a responsibility to be involved in making decisions about what happens on that land. Continue reading
Filed under: Environment, forests, public lands, Summit County Colorado, US Forest Service | Tagged: Environment, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness, Keystone Forest Health, NEPA, oil and gas leasing White River National Forest, public lands, Summit County, Summit County Colorado, Summit County News, White River National Forest projects, White River National Forest travel management plan | Leave a comment »