The continued court fight over the U.S. Forest Service sale of logging rights in the Tongass National Forest may well determine the future of the entire timber industry in Alaska, The New York Times reports.
WEED, Calif. (AP) — Besides destroying or damaging scores of homes and other structures, a fast-moving wildfire struck a blow at the economic vitals of this struggling Northern California timber town, knocking its last wood products mill offline for an undetermined amount of time.
With a maintenance shed reduced to twisted sheet-metal and the main manufacturing facility suffering structural damage, but still standing with a new coat of pink fire retardant, the Roseburg Forest Products veneer mill on the outskirts of Weed was out of commission Tuesday while workers began assessing the damage, said Kellye Wise, vice president for human resources of the company based in Dillard, Oregon. The company hoped to have a better idea of when the mill could reopen by Monday.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan that will allow loggers to remove trees killed in a massive Central California wildfire last year.
Environmentalists, however, have called it a travesty.
The highly awaited decision released Wednesday will allow logging on 52 square miles of forests blackened in the Rim Fire, which burned 400 square miles of the Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite National Park backcountry and private timber land.
Environmental groups including the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council have filed at least three lawsuits against the U.S. Forest Service, looking to stop the sale of timber from the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, the Los Angeles Times reports.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan released Wednesday that allows loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists called it a travesty and threaten to sue.
The highly awaited decision will allow logging on 52 square miles of forests blackened in the Rim Fire, which burned 400 square miles of the Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite National Park's backcountry and private timber land.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Four conservation groups have petitioned the Interior Department to list an iconic Alaska tree as threatened or endangered because of climate change.
Yellow cedar for centuries has been carved by Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people for canoe paddles and totem poles. They could remove a lengthwise strip of bark from a living tree to use for weaving baskets and hats, and as backing in blankets because the trees can compartmentalize the damage and heal themselves.
Yellow cedar can resist insects and rot and live more than 1,000 years but their shallow roots are vulnerable to freezing. Climate warming over the last century has been deadly.
A door is starting to open to allow logging in the Tongass National Forest, as the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, backing the state of Alaska, overturned a lower court and supported the U.S. Forest Service decision to exempt the area from a rule that would ban new roads and timber harvesting, the Los Angeles Times reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved a wide-ranging public lands bill Thursday that would speed logging of trees burned in last year's massive Rim Fire in California.
The measure also allows vehicular access to North Carolina's Cape Hatteras National Seashore, extends livestock grazing permits on federal land in the West and lifts longstanding restrictions on canoes, rafts and other "hand-propelled" watercraft in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.
The House approved the bill, 220-194, on a largely party-line vote. It now goes to the Senate, where it is considered unlikely to pass. The White House opposes the bill but has not issued a veto threat.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — More than 200 biologists, ecologists and other scientists are urging Congress to defeat legislation they say would destroy critical wildlife habitat by setting aside U.S. environmental laws to speed logging of burned trees at Yosemite National Park and other national forests and wilderness areas across the West.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House Friday approved a bill to sharply increase logging in national forests — a measure the GOP said would create jobs in rural communities and help reduce wildfires that have devastated the West.
Speculation that OPEC will agree to cut production at its meeting this week sent oil prices higher early Tuesday, although trading was light as many investors appeared to be waiting for an actual decision. West Texas Intermediate crude for January delivery gained 27 cents to $76.05 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent was 43 cents higher at $80.11, Bloomberg reports.
American Energy, led by ex-Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon, is to buy 14,000 acres in West Texas from Tall City Exploration for $440 million, a move that would double the company’s footprint in the Permian Basin, FuelFix reports.
John Raymond’s Energy & Minerals group has invested some $3.2 billion in companies set up by former Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon, but retains an unusual level of control over decision-making, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Nearly two-thirds of voters back Environmental Protection Agency moves to more strictly regulate air pollution, according to a poll conducted for the American Lung Association by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research ahead of a Dec. 1 deadline for EPA to propose new ozone standards, The Hill reports.
Environmentalists and entrepreneurs in the renewable energy sector are pushing Florida’s Public Service Commission to set tougher efficiency standards when it meets Tuesday to set targets through 2019, a move opposed by Florida Power & Light Co., the Sun Sentinel reports.
Backers of clean and renewable energy, alongside two energy experts, have filed friend-of-the-court briefs in Minnesota’s appeal of a judge’s rejection of some of its Next Generation Energy Act, which restricts the importing of coal-generated power into the state, a law challenged by North Dakota as being unconstitutional, the StarTribune reports.
High winds knocked out power to some 245,000 customers in southeastern Michigan around Ypsilanti Monday, and officials from DTE Energy Co. and CMS Energy Corp. told the Associated Press some 95,000 remained without electricity Tuesday morning.
Sandbags are protecting property and storm drains appear to be handling the runoff as a potential flood crisis seems to be easing in Buffalo as snow from the city’s massive storm melts, although forecasters warn the potential for problems remains until Wednesday, The Associated Press reports.
At its chocolate factory in Fawdon, Nestle is using an anaerobic process to get electricity from a 200 kilowatt unit designed by Clearfleau, which runs on chocolate that is out-of-date or would otherwise be discarded, National Journal reports.
A chunk of either Coal India or Oil & Natural Gas Corp. will go on the market in early December, a finance ministry official told The Wall Street Journal, as India’s government moves to raise billions of dollars to reduce its deficit by courting private investors.