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U.S. extends Grand Canyon mining ban for 20 years

The US administration announced Monday a 20-year ban on new mining projects around the Grand Canyon, in a move aimed at protecting the prized tourist area from the impact of uranium extraction. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the move would “protect the iconic Grand Canyon and its vital watershed from the potential adverse…

Administration loses appeal on six-month offshore drilling moratorium

The Obama administration lost its bid Thursday to maintain a six-month moratorium on offshore deepwater drilling which a federal judge ordered to be lifted last month. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the government’s request to stay that judge’s order pending appeal. The motion was denied because the government…

BP warns of long effort to cap spill

GALLIANO, Louisiana (AFP) – BP officials warned they may not be able to stop the Gulf of Mexico oil leak until August, as Louisiana residents warned the spill could wipe out dozens of fish species. Drilling relief wells is still seen as the best solution, but they will not be…

BP hatches ‘top kill’ bid to plug leak

GALLIANO, Louisiana (AFP) – Waves of crude oil swept onto Gulf shores Tuesday as energy giant BP prepared for a desperate effort to plug a massive leak that is threatening an environmental disaster. With the political fallout from the leak mounting, BP engineers laid plans to stifle the leak using…

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