The buzz started to be more audible with the Academy Award nominated movie Gasland, but there’s been a lot of outstanding new reporting about “fracking” — the process of hydraulic fracturing to capture natural gas. The process comes with a whole new range of environmental issues without much regulatory oversight. See the extensive reporting from ProPublica and the New York Times. And our friends at Idaho Conservation League explain Idaho will not be exempt. Payette County is already facing the threat.
A book review of Carter Niemeyer’s Wolfer. Louisa Wilcox of NRDC
Speaking of wolves, here are all the legal briefs filed recently in Judge Malloy’s court regarding whether wolves are still an “experimental” species. Courtesy of The Wildlife News
Interesting polling data shows that 74% of self-identified Tea Party voters in the west also consider themseleves to be conservationists. High Country News
Ever wonder about who’s in charge of your neighborhood association? How about “a relatively new resident, interested in neighborhood activities and the outdoors, and who had experience in Maine overseeing an estate of 26 acres.” Washington Post (H/T Kaid Benfield at NRDC)