Bush White House grants mining on native lands.

Author:Scheer, Roddy
Position:THIS WEEK - George W. Bush - Brief article
 
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Last week, in the waning days of the Bush White House, officials from the U.S. Office of Surface Mining (OSM) granted a controversial permit to expand mining operations on Native American lands in northern Arizona-despite fierce opposition from the Navajo and Hopi tribes who call the area home. The tribes and other concerned parties are calling into question the validity of the permit issuance to Peabody Coal, citing a lack of adequate time for public comment and insufficient environmental review.

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"We are looking into our options for how to stop this process from moving forward, including legal action," said Enei Begaye, Co-Director of Black Mesa Water Coalition, a Navajo and Hopi citizens' group. "The permitting process was flawed and clearly rushed through before President...

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