resource extraction

New Surface Mining Chief Cracks Down on Mountaintop Removal, Valley Fills

Article: New Surface Mining Chief Cracks Down on Mountaintop Removal, Valley Fills

The U.S. Department of the Interior is taking immediate actions to strengthen its oversight of state surface coal mining programs. The agency will issue federal regulations to better protect streams affected by surface coal mining operations, such as mountaintop removal mining, Interior officials announced today.

Where Was Offshore Oil Drilling Ten Years Ago?

Article: Where Was Offshore Oil Drilling Ten Years Ago?

As is sadly the case in politics, philosophy and generally any intellectual sphere of human activity, there is a tendency to think of things in extremes. Today we are considering the two widely divergent positions of Democrats and Republicans when it comes to what to do about the high price of oil. Are these extreme…