Tag: mining

November 19, 2021

Mountaintop removal heightens water toxicity

Mountaintop removal mining, a coal mining technique commonly used in the Appalachian Mountains, can result in water quality levels that are toxic to aquatic wildlife, including dozens of endangered and...

May 7, 2018

Zinke proposes extended mining ban on bighorn sheep habitat

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has proposed extending a ban on mineral extraction on Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) wintering grounds in Wyoming. The ban would exempt more than 1,400...

January 29, 2016

Mining deemed threat to Sage-Grouse; millions of acres withdrawn

In September 2015 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided to refrain from listing the greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) under the Endangered Species Act. The decision was based in part...