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Environmental Disasters

Dakota Access Pipeline

article Oil company cited for 200 leaks since 2010 (1/12/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- In the tribal lawsuit to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the U.S. Justice Department on Jan. 6 filed for dismissal of Energy...
article Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Issues Disaster Declaration Due to Blizzard Conditions (12/31/2016)
(North Dakota) -- The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe issued a disaster declaration due to a winter storm brought blizzard conditions on December 25 and 26, 2016.
article North Dakota oil spill raises questions about safety (12/14/2016)
(North Dakota) -- The discovery of an oil pipeline spill earlier this month in western North Dakota has received heightened attention because of the battle over the...
article Company: Equipment didn't detect North Dakota oil leak (12/12/2016)
(Florida) -- Electronic monitoring equipment failed to detect a pipeline rupture that spewed more than 176,000 gallons of crude oil into a North Dakota creek, the...
article Another North Dakota Pipeline Leaks Proving Protesters Right (12/6/2016)
(North Dakota) -- A crude oil pipeline was shut down in western North Dakota following a leak that spilled oil into a nearby creek as Native Americans, water protectors...
article ND oil pipeline shut down after 'significant' spill in creek (12/6/2016)
(North Dakota) -- A pipeline leak caused a significant oil spill in a tributary of the Little Missouri River this week, but the volume of oil released was still unknown...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article County, tribal leaders worry toxins from Smurfit site could enter Clark Fork River (1/11/2017)
(Montana) -- Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency were grilled on Tuesday about cleanup and monitoring efforts at the former Smurfit-Stone Mill site west...
article Jane Fonda in Fort McMurray: 'Listen, I'm not against you,' actress tells resident during parking lot squabble (1/10/2017)
(Alberta) -- Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda, who once visited Hanoi to protest the Vietnam War, was back in the spotlight Tuesday, only this time the setting was a...
article EPA: 540 tons of metals entered river in Colo. mine spill (1/9/2017)
(Colorado) -- Nearly 540 tons of metals — mostly iron and aluminum — contaminated the Animas River over nine hours during a massive wastewater spill from an...
article Railroad in fiery derailment agrees to changes (12/23/2016)
(Montana) -- The nation's largest freight railroad has agreed to more thorough inspections and maintenance improvements after a fiery oil train derailment in Oregon...
article Massive 2013 oil spill in North Dakota still not cleaned up (12/19/2016)
(North Dakota) -- Three years and three months later, a massive oil spill in North Dakota still isn't fully cleaned up. The company responsible hasn't even set a...
article Emergency responders concerned about slow notification of Missoula diesel spill (12/16/2016)
(Montana) -- Missoula emergency officials aren’t happy with how they learned of a 7,000-gallon diesel fuel spill in the Montana Rail Link train yard. MRL says it...
article Havasupai, Enviros Battle Over Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon (12/16/2016)
(Arizona) -- The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Dec. 15 in two cases involving uranium mining near Grand Canyon National Park. In 2012 the Interior...
article New Oil Spill Contaminates Indigenous Community (12/15/2016)
(Peru) -- Hunching his shoulders against a driving rain Pastor Dahua scrambled down a muddy bank and stepped across a pool of blackened water to a makeshift shelter that...
article Oil pipeline spill near Belfield estimated at 176,000 gallons (12/13/2016)
(North Dakota) -- Belle Fourche Pipeline Co. estimates that 130,200 gallons of oil spilled into a tributary of the Little Missouri River last week and another 46,200...
article Snow geese deaths from Butte pit number in the thousands (12/6/2016)
(Montana) -- Several thousand snow geese died after a snowstorm forced tens of thousands of the migratory birds to take refuge in the acidic, metal-laden waters of Butte...
article North Dakota Fracking Company Fined $2.1 Million For Pollution Of Native American Reservation (12/5/2016)
(North Dakota) -- During the past few centuries, the US federal government has consistently abused North American indigenous groups through the seizure of land and...
article David Suzuki tells Kathleen Wynne she's wrong to delay mercury clean up at Grassy Narrows (12/1/2016)
(Ontario) -- Two of Canada's most prominent environmental experts are calling out Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne for spreading "needless" fears about a...
article Looking for arsenic in toenails: study to measure impact of Yellowknife mines on human health (12/1/2016)
(North Canada) -- Plans are underway to conduct the most comprehensive sampling program ever done to determine the concentrations of arsenic and other contaminants in...
article David Suzuki, Manitoba chiefs join fight against oilsands expansion (11/29/2016)
(Manitoba) -- Scientist and environmentalist David Suzuki is joining First Nations chiefs from across Canada to speak out against oilsands expansion and protecting...
article Pawnee Nation Sues to Stop Drilling Permits (11/21/2016)
(Oklahoma) -- The Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma filed a lawsuit Friday against the Interior Department, Bureau of Indian Affairs and U.S. Bureau of Land Management, asking a...
article Oklahoma tribe sues to halt oil and gas drilling (11/20/2016)
(Oklahoma) -- The Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma has filed a lawsuit against the federal government to void drilling permits for oil and natural gas wells on tribal land that...
article Tug recovery near Bella Bella still hampered by stormy weather (11/12/2016)
(British Columbia) -- Four weeks after a tug ran aground and sank near Bella Bella, the salvage operation continues on the North Coast of B.C.
article Transport Canada Minister Marc Garneau visits diesel spill near Bella Bella, B.C. (11/7/2016)
(British Columbia) -- Federal Minister of Transportation Marc Garneau visited the northern coastal B.C. town of Bella Bella Sunday, which has been battling a diesel...
article Justin Trudeau assures better ship tracking for indigenous groups (11/7/2016)
(British Columbia) -- When the tug Nathan E. Stewart and its empty fuel barge ran aground on a reef and began leaking diesel fuel in the waters off the Great Bear...
19 Total Articles on this Issue

Water Issues

article Chippewa Cree seek action following water crisis (1/11/2017)
(Montana) -- The cancellation of a boil order is a cause for celebration among the roughly 2,000 people on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation who’ve had to...
article Rocky Boy secures funding for water system upgrades (1/11/2017)
(Montana) -- The water system on Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation has secured funding for much needed upgrades. All residents on the Rocky Boy’s Indian...
article Boil order in effect for some residents on the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation (12/29/2016)
(Montana) -- Nearly 2,000 residents on the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation will remain under a boil order for another two weeks until water service is restored....
article Tribe official faces criminal charges in Flint water investigation (12/28/2016)
(Michigan) -- A tribal official from the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians has been charged for making false claims and circumventing funds in connection with...
article Broken pipes lead to unusable water on Rocky Boy's (12/28/2016)
(Montana) -- About half the residents of the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation are receiving bottled water after several water pipes broke last week.
article Broken pipes lead to unusable water on Rocky Boy's (12/27/2016)
(Montana) -- About half the residents of the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation are receiving bottled water after several water pipes broke last week.
article Desert Water Project Would Threaten Tribes' Sacred Lands (12/2/2016)
(California) -- The Old Woman Mountains stretch from the sandy desert floor to rocky peaks that brush the sky, more than 5,000 feet above sea level. These mountains...
article Chaco Canyon: Reckoning with water through time (11/25/2016)
(New Mexico) -- Solitary is one of the few good ways to describe Chaco in November. Two years ago, I made my first trip to Chaco Culture National Historic Park. It was...
press release San Carlos Apache Tribe and Tribal Utility Authority to bring nine drinking water facilities into compliance (11/16/2016)
(Arizona) -- The San Carlos Apache Tribe and the San Carlos Apache Tribal Utility Authority have agreed to bring nine of their drinking water systems into compliance...
article Drinking Water on Indigenous Land: More Violations, Less EPA (11/11/2016)
(USA) -- Tribal drinking water utilities and wastewater treatment plants are far less likely to be federally inspected or receive enforcement despite more violations...
10 Total Articles on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Shiprock family continues to recover from flood (12/30/2016)
(New Mexico) -- Several months after heavy rain caused flooding in the Mesa Farm area in northwest Shiprock on Aug. 5, one family continues to deal with its aftermath....
article Shiprock family continues to recover from flood (12/28/2016)
(New Mexico) -- Several months after heavy rain caused flooding in the Mesa Farm area in northwest Shiprock on Aug. 5, one family continues to deal with its aftermath....
article Navajo Nation seeks $160 Million in damages for EPA spill (12/27/2016)
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is seeking more than $160 million in damages and for alleged ongoing injuries caused by the August 2015 Gold King Mine spill, which...
article Navajo Nation Seeks $160 Million in Damages for Gold King Mine Spill (12/17/2016)
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is seeking more than $160 million in damages and for alleged ongoing injuries caused by the August 2015 Gold King Mine spill, which...
article Drone used to detect uranium sites, first step in cleanup (12/16/2016)
(Arizona) -- Carl Smyth of Seattle uses his drone and camera to map out uranium spots in hard-to-find places. Most recently the area two miles south of Cove Day School...
article Amendment speeds up reimbursements for mine spill (12/12/2016)
(New Mexico) -- Federal lawmakers representing New Mexico say the approval of an amendment to expedite reimbursements for expenses incurred during the Gold King Mine...
article Navajo Nation files $160 M claim with EPA over mine spill (12/5/2016)
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has submitted a claim of more than $160 million in damages to the federal government over last year's mine waste spill that fouled...
article Tribe files federal tort claim for mine spill (12/5/2016)
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has filed a $160 million claim under the Federal Tort Claims Act for damages and ongoing injuries incurred from the Gold King Mine spill....
article EPA presents update on Superfund designation (11/20/2016)
(New Mexico) -- Staff from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shared information last week about cleanup work at the Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund site....
article Workshop to cover the legacy of uranium mining on Navajo Nation (11/14/2016)
(New Mexico) -- “The Legacy of Uranium Mining on Navajo Nation: an environmental impact workshop” will be hosted in Zimmerman Library on Thursday, Nov. 17 at...
article Tribe files request to deny motion in lawsuit (11/13/2016)
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation has requested a federal court deny a motion filed last month by a defendant named in the tribe’s lawsuit over the Gold King Mine...
11 Total Articles on this Issue

Attawapiskat

article Wildlands League takes DeBeers to court, calls on province to monitor impact on Attawapiskat River (12/28/2016)
(Sudbury) -- The Wildlands League, a Canadian environmental group, is taking DeBeers to court for mercury pollution in the Attawapiskat River. The province requires...
1 Article on this Issue

New York Gaming

article Schenectady casino site yields 5K tons of contaminated soil (12/19/2016)
(New York) -- The state has determined that while the environmental cleanup of the Rivers Casino and Mohawk Harbor properties is complete, the work uncovered massive...
1 Article on this Issue

Missing Women Crisis

article Grassy Narrows chief says Ontario must keep promise of mercury cleanup (11/25/2016)
(Thunder Bay) -- The chief of Grassy Narrows First Nation says Ontario must stand by a promise made by the environment minister this week to clean up the mercury...
1 Article on this Issue

Donald Trump

article Trump's victory may be bad news in fight against climate change, says Inuit leader (11/13/2016)
(Canada) -- The president of Canada's national Inuit organization says Donald Trump's victory in the United States is bad news for Inuit and advances made for...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Bolivian Water Crisis as Glaciers Vanish (1/13/2017)
(Bolivia) -- The government of Bolivia, a landlocked country in the heart of South America, has been forced to declare a state of emergency as it faces its worst drought...
article Arctic Melt Shrinks Polar Bears’ Chances (1/8/2017)
(Arctic) -- The world of the polar bear is shrinking—everywhere. New research by scientists in the U.S. confirms that each of the 19 known populations of Ursus...
article Recovery plan for endangered belugas focuses on biggest threats to dwindling population (1/4/2017)
(Alaska) -- A new recovery plan for endangered Cook Inlet belugas focuses on counteracting what federal regulators believe are the biggest threats to Alaska's most...
article Greenland's thaw melts a climate-change skeptic (12/30/2016)
(Greenland) -- Half a decade before he took this trip to the farthest reaches of the north, Andreas Muenchow had his doubts about whether warming temperatures were...
article Indian tribal group among first Americans displaced by climate change (12/28/2016)
(Washington) -- The Quinault Indian Nation’s creation story says the first humans climbed out of a clamshell thousands of years ago. The Quinault have made their...
article New marine species wash ashore following mysterious deaths of herring in Nova Scotia (12/28/2016)
(Nova Scotia) -- Massive numbers of dead starfish, clams, lobsters and mussels have washed up on a western Nova Scotia beach, compounding the mysterious deaths of tens...
article Super-warm Arctic winter 'extremely unlikely' without climate change, scientists say (12/28/2016)
(Arctic) -- The Arctic continues to amaze. Hit by a second bout of extremely warm winter temperatures in recent days, the seasonal growth of floating sea ice has...
article Native Americans of Grand Bayou seeking help to remain in homeland (12/27/2016)
(Louisiana) -- Like many Louisiana coastal residents, the Native Americans of Grand Bayou village have seen the landscape surrounding their community collapse over the...
article Long Plain First Nation celebrates, but road to recovery after tornado is long (12/24/2016)
(Manitoba) -- Danielle Swampy says being back in her Long Plain First Nation, Man. home in time for Christmas was the best gift she could have received this year.
article Tribes declare ‘invasive species emergency’ (12/22/2016)
(Montana) -- The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes announced Tuesday evening they have declared an “invasive species emergency” on the Flathead Indian...
article CSKT declares emergency over invasive mussel larvae (12/20/2016)
(Montana) -- The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are declaring an emergency to counter the spread of invasive mussel larvae into the Flathead Indian Reservation...
article Ahousaht homes without drinking water after pipe breaks (12/19/2016)
(British Columbia) -- Homes in the remote Ahousaht First Nation on the west coast of Vancouver Island have been without drinking water for several days after a pipe from...
article Caldwell First Nation shares housing concerns after deadly Oneida fire (12/19/2016)
(Ontario) -- The Caldwell First Nation is sharing concerns about what's being called a crisis in housing on reserves after a fire killed five family members near...
article Change in the Arctic this year was unlike any ever seen before, scientists say (12/13/2016)
(Arctic) -- The meltdown at the top of the world proceeded at an unprecedented clip over the past year, a sweeping scientific report said Tuesday. The annual Arctic...
article The Arctic just had its warmest year on record ‘by far,’ scientists report (12/13/2016)
(Arctic) -- The Arctic saw the warmest temperatures ever recorded in 2016, according to an annual report released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...
article Polar bear numbers seen declining one-third from Arctic sea ice melt (12/13/2016)
(Arctic) -- Rising temperatures that melt sea ice in the Arctic will probably reduce the polar bear population by a third over the next few decades, and the same warming...
article This stunning Antarctic lake is buried in ice. And that could be bad news (12/12/2016)
(Antarctica) -- Atop the ice sheet covering the Arctic island of Greenland, you now see dramatic melting in the summer. It forms lakes, rivers and even dangerous “...
article North Dakota pipeline leak may amount to 100 barrels of oil (12/9/2016)
(North Dakota) -- Some 100 barrels of oil and water may have spilled into the Ash Coulee Creek from a pipeline in North Dakota, according to the state health department...
article North Dakota pipeline shut down after oil leaks into waterway (12/9/2016)
(North Dakota) -- Cleanup operations were underway Thursday in western North Dakota after a pipeline leaked oil into a tributary of the Little Missouri River, according...
article Rising temperatures threaten Upper Snake River fish, berries, tribal foundation says (12/7/2016)
(Idaho) -- A nonprofit that works to support four Indian tribes in the Snake River Basin says rising temperatures will affect natural resources important to the tribes....

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