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Farmers & Ranchers Call for Coal Mine Cleanup

The ECOreport reposts an appeal on the 40th Anniversary of America’s Federal Strip Mine Law, Farmers & ranchers call for coal mine cleanup

Joint Press Release from the Powder River Basin Resource Council, Northern Plains Resource Council & Western Organization of Resource Councils

BILLINGS, Mont. – As the nation marks the 40th anniversary of the federal strip mine law, coal field residents are urging the federal government to make good on promises to reclaim mined land.

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Wyoming Requires Further Disclosure of Fracking Chemicals

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There was a legal loop-hole, when Wyoming became the first state to require the disclosure of chemicals used while fracking, in 2010. Corporations did not have to reveal chemicals that were “trade secrets.” This qualification was too loose and some chemicals have been linked to respiratory distress, rashes, convulsions, organ damage, and cancer. So Earthjustice, acting on the behalf of represented the Powder River Basin Resource Council, Wyoming Outdoor Council, Earthworks, and the Center for Effective Government, sued the state’s Oil and Gas Commission to demand more transparency. A settlement was reached on January 26, 2015. Though it is still possible to claim chemicals are “trade secrets, companies will have to prove this because Wyoming requires further disclosure of fracking chemicals.

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