Traffickers are seeking to use the southwest-most stretches of the massive Eagle Ford shale formation, which stretches from Mexico all the way to East Texas, to their advantage by trying to corrupt truck drivers, contractors and gate personnel.
Gov. Sean Parnell sent a letter to acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank, requesting a disaster declaration in the wake of particularly dismal 2011 and 2012 Chinook salmon runs on the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers.
Source: AP/San Francisco Chronicle | San Francisco |
July 13, 2012
City officials are considering an ordinance that would require owners of new and renovated buildings with water fountains to install special bottle-filling taps, hoping to encourage people to use containers instead of plastic water bottles.
More than 130 communities across the United States have declared themselves “nuclear-free” in the last 30 years, most enacting measures rich in symbolism but low on clout that result in little more than a sign at the outskirts of town announcing that nuclear weapons are not welcome.
Pittsburgh announced its Urban Forest Master Plan last week. The plan details an 20 percent increase in tree population over 20 years, an amount which will eventually yield over $1 million in savings per year.
Blistering heat blanketed much of the eastern United States for the third straight day on Sunday, after violent storms killed at least 17 people and knocked out power to more than 3 million customers. Utility crews are working around the clock but the outages could last for days.
Source: Sacramento Bee | California |
June 29, 2012
Most of the 70 state parks once slated for closure will remain open after an outpouring of private support. But parks advocates still voiced concerns that reliance on private support will not resolve permanent funding woes.
Source: Albany Times Union | New York |
June 29, 2012
Emails obtained from the state Department of Environmental Conservation by an environmental group show state officials gave details of a proposed permit and regulations for natural gas hydraulic fracturing to industry representatives before making them public.
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