Yellowpine Pit, East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River, Idaho

Compromise and Environmentalism


WC is an admitted, unapologetic conservationist and environmentalist. For most of his adult life he has been actively involved in conservation organizations. As a contributor, as a lawyer, as a member and even as a member of boards of directors. WC understands the issues and challenges conservation organizations face pretty well. And the recurring issue,…

Salmon-free prime spawning habitat, headwaters of the Salmon River, Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Idaho

The Forest Service Tries Passive-Aggressive


All of the salmonid species in Idaho’s Salmon River are either endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Chinook and Red Salmon; Steelhead. No to mention Bull Trout. Some of the best spawning habitat is in the headwaters of the Salmon River, in the Sawtooth National Forest, and especially the Sawtooth National Recreation…

Open Pit Mine (upper right) and Tailings Storage Pond (lower left), Sonora Mexico (from 35,000 feet)

The Lessons from Cloud Peak


As WC noted yesterday, Cloud Peak Energy has filed Chapter11. The promises, actual and implied, Cloud Peak made in its mining plan and environmental impact statements are in very serious jeopardy, because the continued existence of Cloud Peak itself is doubtful. What are the lessons to be drawn from all this? First, and most obviously,…