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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 10:49 PM
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Drilling Expansion Plan to Put Haze Over Great Plains
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It is just one of several ways in which the largest expansion of natural gas drilling approved by the federal government is expected to degrade air quality in the region that today has the clearest skies in the lower 48 states. The federal Bureau of Land Management, under pressure from the White House to fast-track energy production, approved the drilling plan two years ago without incorporating any requirements to reduce the resulting air pollution.

Government scientists expect the drilling expansion, combined with a planned increase in coal mining and oil drilling in the northern Great Plains, will nearly double smog-forming emissions and greatly increase particulate matter pollution in a thinly populated region that has produced less than 3 percent of the amount of unhealthful air found in Los Angeles.

The BLM moved forward with the project despite its own air quality analysis, which concluded that the pollution would cloud views at more than a dozen national parks and monuments, exceed federal air quality standards in several communities and cause acid rain to fall on mountain lakes, where it could harm fish and wildlife.

EPA officials wrote in a similar 2002 letter to the BLM: "Monitoring and mitigation are given short shrift." They added that the agency's environmental review did not "adequately link the modeled impacts, which are clearly above regulatory criteria, with what BLM proposes that it would do or it would recommend others do to mitigate impacts."

BLM officials acknowledged they were under orders from Washington to quickly approve the projects, which the Bush administration considered vital to meeting the nation's energy needs.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-we...

Geeze, the pollution will be so awful that even the energy giant didn't want to do this and was forced into it. Say goodbye to seeing Mount Rushmore unless you are standing three feet from it.
The rest of the article has many more details.
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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:00 AM
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1. Ah, let the red-states live with Bush's poisoning of their air
in favor of corporatism. They voted for him. May they remember that as their kids choke with asthma and other pollution trigering health ilnesses. They wanted him, they got him. So sad their kids will pay the health price.
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NYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:48 AM
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3. Consequences.
People don't foresee the consequences of what they do.
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twaddler01 Donating Member (800 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:07 AM
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2. I better get moving...
Edited on Sat Jan-29-05 12:07 AM by twaddler01
If I ever want to see anything there I should plan my vacation NOW.

:eyes:
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NVMojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:41 AM
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4. depressing, especially since I just finished watching "Silver City"
and I live in a greedy Red State that has greedy foreign mining polluters here ...
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Rockerdem Donating Member (706 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 02:01 AM
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5. Shrub wont be happy until everyone is equipped with a gas mask
Mandatory. BTW, what Chinese firm are those outsourced to?
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donsu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:51 AM
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6. air moves - people downwind will suffer too
nt
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hickman1937 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:59 AM
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7. Polute and plunder,
The work bush was born to do. The real challenge for him is to find out how many places and how fast. I believe in giving credit where credit is due, and he's really good at this.
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