Earthworks

EARTHblog » Aaron Mintzes

America’s Favorite Wilderness: Save the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Aaron Mintzes's avatar
By Aaron Mintzes

March 25, 2015

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in Minnesota is the nation’s most popular wilderness area. Straddling the border with Canada, this region includes one of the world’s most pristine ecosystems fed by a system of waterways supplied from the land of a thousand lakes. Scientists from around the world visit the Boundary Waters to study the wildlife and forest ecology of one of the most primitive natural environments still in existence. In addition to the natural beauty and scientific value, this wilderness supports a mature and robust recreation industry. Canoe outfitters, resorts, dogsledders, and other wilderness-based businesses comprise portions of a tourism industry that supports 18,000 jobs in northeastern Minnesota generating over $850 million in sales.

Read more

Tagged with: mining, acid mine drainage, minnesota, boundary waters


Charm City Versus Crude by Rail

Aaron Mintzes's avatar
By Aaron Mintzes

March 4, 2015

From underneath the Howard Street Bridge, I often hear the squeak of CSX trains traveling underground on my light rail ride home. In Baltimore, we expect increases in the volume of petroleum-by-rail destined for the port terminal. The oil industry desires Baltimore as a destination so they can ship crude oil by tanker to refineries along the East Coast. And, if Congress lifts the oil export ban, these shipments will go worldwide. Targa Resources, a Texas-based company, recently filed a permit to construct a crude oil shipping facility at the Fairfield peninsula in South Baltimore.

Read more

Tagged with: maryland, oil trains, infrastructure, baltimore


Page 4 of 45 pages ‹ First  < 2 3 4 5 6 >  Last ›

On Facebook