Underreported story of possible water contamination from shut-down frac sand mine in Trempaleau County.
Frank v. Scott Walker is obviously not an environmental case, but it does illustrate a serious problem with today's courts that we do see in environmental cases--a willingness to defer blindly to legislative and administrative fact-finding when the partisan makeup of the legislature or executive branch matches that of the judges.
--One of these happens about every eight months somewhere in the world.--Nearly 40% of these collapses happen in North America (not in the developing world)
--The primary reasons for these collapses are (1) extreme rain events that overwhelm the facilities (much more likely now because of climate change), and (2) lax management and oversight.
You can have all the rules and permit conditions in the world, but they don't work if the companies and the regulators don't do their jobs. That's why this article predicts more tailings basin collapses in the coming years.
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