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Santorum: Endangered Species Act puts ‘critters above people’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says the federal government has gone too far in trying to protect endangered species by putting “critters above people.” At the Gulf Coast Energy Summit in Biloxi, Mississippi on Monday, the candidate was asked how he would balance the need for environmental protection with the…

Watch: Explosion breaches dam in Washington

The owners of a dam in Washington’s South Cascades used 700 pounds of TNT to breach the 99-year-old structure Wednesday. PacifiCorp decided to blow up the hydroelectric dam after learning it could cost as much $100 million to build the fish passage structures required to relicense it. At 125 feet,…

Conservationists ask court to stop Idaho, Montana wolf hunts

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Conservation groups on Saturday asked a federal appellate court to stop upcoming hunts in Montana and Idaho that target more than 1,000 wolves. In the request for an emergency injunction, filed electronically to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, environmentalists argued that the planned hunting…

Montanans protest GOP ‘assault’ on environmental and labor programs

More than a thousand Montanans gathered in front of the state Capitol of Helena on Monday to protest budgetary plans to cut health, educational, environmental and labor programs while pushing for corporate tax cuts. Republicans in Montana are pushing legislation to gut the Montana Environmental Policy Act, reduce workers’ compensation…

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