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Regulation by Rubber Stamp: Exporting Fracked Gas from Cove Point

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By Aaron Mintzes

June 6, 2014

When John Smith first sailed the Chesapeake Bay, he reported a resource teeming with oysters, crabs, and waters so clear one could see all the way to the bottom. The Bay is the world’s largest estuary. Generations of watermen- Maryland’s analog to cowboys- have shaped the very tradition and character of the region by harvesting the Bay’s bounty, driving the region’s economy, and filling the bellies of hungry crab cake aficionados.

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Tagged with: maryland, cove point, lng exports, ferc


US Court Backs Preserving the Grand Canyon from Uranium Mining

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By Aaron Mintzes

May 8, 2014

In a piece of good news from Arizona, the United States Court of Federal Claims ruled on Tuesday to save the Grand Canyon from the threat of uranium mining. The suit came about because the US Department of Interior (DOI) chose to protect over 1,000,000 acres of public lands surrounding the Grand Canyon from mining. The power to withdraw public lands from mining for up to twenty years comes from the Federal Land Policy Management Act (FLPMA). Vane Minerals PLC (Vane), a Flagstaff-based mining company, has 678 claims on that land they can no longer mine.

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Tagged with: 1872 mining law, grand canyon, withdrawal, discovery, taking


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