Category Archives: environmental justice

Coal Bed Methane Conflict Gets Nasty in Australia

This story is about as far from the U.S. plains states as you can get, but it’s a tale all too familiar to American farmers and ranchers living over coal bed methane reserves.  In the prime farmland of New South … Continue reading

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Refinery Fenceline Communities

A new post from the Air Hugger blog reports that EPA environmental justice representatives just acknowledged for the first time that a couple of refinery fenceline communities in Texas are too close to refineries to protect public health.  Those of … Continue reading

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Stark County, ND: Tough on Solar, Lenient on Coal?

Beth Hurt of South Heart wrote this letter to the editor of the Dickinson Press recently to point out the inconsistency of recent Stark County (ND) Commission decisions on rezoning for expansion of Solar Bee, which manufactures “award-winning and patented … Continue reading

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Living Sustainably in Rural America

A recent Grist article presented the usual dichotomy between cities and suburbs as the two lifestyle options available to modern Americans. As one commenter remarked, “There may not be as many of us, but some of us in rural areas … Continue reading

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Plains Justice Attorney Briefs Nebraska Farmers on Oil Spill Response

Later this week in Grand Island, Nebraska, Plains Justice Staff Attorney Paul Blackburn will present our new report on emergency response planning on the Keystone tar sands pipeline system at the annual meeting of Nebraska Farmers Union. Nebraska farmers are … Continue reading

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South Heart Coal Project: Milestones from a Long Fight Not Over Yet!

A chronology of a struggle that has lasted nearly a decade, courtesy of South Heart’s Mary Hodell (thank you Mary!). Plains Justice is proud to have provided legal representation and communications support to local residents over the last three years. … Continue reading

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South Heart (ND) Mine Application Re-filed

Last week, on October 28, the North Dakota Public Service Commission received a revised application from South Heart Coal for a permit to strip mine 4581 acres near South Heart for lignite coal. The PSC Reclamation Division sent the applicant … Continue reading

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