Friday, Feb. 10, 2017

Project back on

Army to allow completion of Dakota Access oil pipeline

Protesters rally against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota in November. STEPHANIE KEITH


Associated Press

The Army will allow the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota, clearing the way for completion of the disputed four-state project. The Army intends to cancel further environmental study and allow the Lake Oahe crossing, according to court documents the Justice Department filed. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which has led opposition, said it would fight the latest development in court.


Climate study shows trouble for Dolores Basin

The Journal

Fish habitat in the upper Dolores River basin is at risk from overall warmer weather and longer, more intense droughts, according to a long-term climate study recently released by Trout Unlimited. “Climate Change and the Upper Dolores Watershed, a Cold Water Fishery Adaptive Management Strategy,” is an extensive three-year analysis done in cooperation with the Mountain Studies Institute.


Study explains why uranium stays in groundwater

Science Daily

Decades after a uranium mine is shuttered, the radioactive element can still persist in groundwater at the site, despite cleanup efforts. A recent study led by scientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory helps describe how the contaminant cycles through the environment at former uranium mining sites and why it can be difficult to remove.