The EPA moved Friday to scuttle a controversial open pit mine in Alaska and help preserve the area's salmon habitat. The step only fans the flames of discontent in Congress over the EPA approach to environmental regulation.
Ted Stevens, former US Senator from Alaska, was one of nine people on board the plane that went down in the southwest part of the 49th state.
Exploratory drilling is scheduled for July in the waters off Alaska's northern shore. Environmental groups, reeling from the Gulf of Mexico BP oil spill, are fighting to put those plans on hold.
President Obama's plan to open new swaths of coastline to offshore drilling is being questioned anew in light of the potentially disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Politics of the pending climate-energy bill may be affected, too.
Offshore drilling for oil and gas will expand to new areas under President Obama's drilling plan, announced Wednesday. But the plan also keeps some sensitive environmental areas off-limits.
Oil companies are eyeing Alaska's largely untapped outer continental shelf. Critics say that's another Exxon Valdez waiting to happen.
US Supreme Court will decide if Lower Slate should be disposal site for mine wastes.
By branding its wild salmon as gourmet – and banning salmon farms – this fishery is thriving sustainably.