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Acid Mine Drainage: Acid Seep GET PHOTO Acid Seep in Nevada source: Copyright held by photographer Summary Acid mine drainage (AMD) refers to the outflow of acidic water from a mining site. In most cases, this acid comes primarily from oxidation of iron sulfide ... [read-more]
Alaska Coal Resource: Potential for future development: How much coal is in Alaska?  Industry and environmental groups in the state often make incredible claims: Alaska has a tenth, an eighth, or even as much as a fifth of the world's coal. Coal Resource Comparison: Coal Resources and ... [read-more]
Benefits and Risks of Massive Fracking: Misleading Memes in the Fracking Debate If it seems hard to make sense of massive fracking, that's because it is. Anti- and pro-fracking camps have saturated the fracking debate with  misleading, incomplete, and "spun" information.  Key data are often trade secrets, ... [read-more]
Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS): Is 'carbon capture' from coal possible?When coal is burned, large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) are released into the atmosphere. Releases of CO2 from coal-fired power plants make up around 40% of total CO2 emissions in the US, and are ... [read-more]
Chukchi Sea Oil and Gas Development: (Note: Given the events of late 2015 as detailed below, we stopped updating this article at that time)SummaryOffshore drilling for oil and gas in Alaska's Chukchi Sea has both great economic potential and a significant risk of adverse environmental impact. ... [read-more]
Coalbed Methane: SummaryCoalbed methane (also called coal mine methane) refers to methane gas that is trapped within minuscule fractures in coal seams.  Once viewed solely as a hazard of coal mining, this gas has received recent attention for its use as an ... [read-more]
Coal Combustion Methods: Coal can be used in a wide variety of ways, ranging from direct burning to produce heat and/or steam to newer methods of coal gasification and liquefaction (including coal-to-liquids). The following is a summary of coal combustion methods relevant to ... [read-more]
Coal Combustion Wastes:  BackgroundBurning coal produces a variety of solid wastes known as coal combustion waste or coal combustion products. These include coal ash (fly ash and bottom ash), boiler slag, and flue-gas desulphurization products. In 2007 over 120 million tons of these ... [read-more]
Coal Fires: Coal Seam Fires: Coal can burn unchecked, while still in the ground. FULL FIGURE Because coal is so readily combustible, it is possible for coal deposits to catch fire while still in the ground. These coal seam fires are a ... [read-more]
Coal Impacts: Every form of energy development impacts both people and the environment. However, coal creates greater negative impacts than almost any other energy source, whether fossil or renewable. These impacts take place throughout the lifecycle of coal, from mining to post-combustion ... [read-more]
Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: SummaryThe 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil spill released millions of gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound Alaska.   It was the worst environmental disaster in Alaska history, and occured in a very sensitive coastal ecosystem, magnifying damage.  The spill ... [read-more]
Gold Mining Methods: There are strange things done in the midnight sun By the men who moil for gold... -Robert Service (1907) SummaryHistorically, the majority of gold was mined from "placer deposits", where gold has settled out of an existing or ancient waterway ... [read-more]
Herring Fishery in Alaska: SummaryHerring have been historically harvested in Alaska for food, oil, bait and now sac roe (eggs).  In addition to their commercial importance, herring act as a critical bridge between primary producers and the larger animals in the food web.  Herring ... [read-more]
Mercury from Coal: Mercury is released into the air from the combustion of coal. This mercury accumulates and concentrates in the food chain, where it is ingested by people (often through eating fish). Mercury is a toxic chemical that can affect the nervous ... [read-more]
Mine Tailings: Basic Mining Terminology: An overview of basic mining terms and where various components of a mineral deposit end up. FULL FIGURE Mine tailings are the ore waste of mines, and are typically a mud-like material.Worldwide, the storage and handling of ... [read-more]
Natural Gas in Cook Inlet: datamooseCallbacks_F5vrNbyVCKHV.push(function(datamooseIframe){ $("#DatamooseDescriptionWrapper-data-output-embed-131-F5vrNbyVCKHV").css('display','block') $("#DatamooseDescriptionWrapper-data-output-embed-131-F5vrNbyVCKHV").width(datamooseIframe.style.width) }); Cook Inlet Natural Gas Production and Export: Production and Exports of Natural Gas in Cook Inlet (1958-2010) FULL FIGURE SummaryThe natural gas produced in Cook Inlet is the primary source of energy and heat for the ... [read-more]
Northern Gateway Oil Pipeline Project (Canada): (Note:  This article was up-to-date as of August 2012 and has not been maintained since)SummaryThe Canadian Northern Gateway Pipeline Project has proposed a pair of 1,200 km pipelines that would link the tar sand oil fields of northern Alberta with ... [read-more]
Ocean Acidification: (Note: While most of the information in this article will not change with time, the part about Alaska is no longer being maintained as of late 2014)Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the major polluting byproduct of the combustion of fossil fuels ... [read-more]
Oil Degradation in the Sea: SummaryWhen oil enters the water from natural or manmade sources it begins to degrade, taking anywhere from days to decades depending on conditions.  Processes that spread the oil through the environment usually speed up this degradation.  However other factors such ... [read-more]
Opposition to Coal in Alaska: Chuitna Coal Mine Chuitna Citizens Coalition Cook Inletkeeper Trustees for Alaska Wishbone Hill Coal Mine Matanuska Valley Coalition Castle Mountain Coalition Chickaloon Native Village Coal Power in Alaska GVEA Ratepayers Alliance HEA Members Forum MEA Ratepayers Alliance Coal to Liquid ... [read-more]
Pebble Alternative Tailings Storage Options: Our Pebble Articles Overview Block Caving Water Management Nearby Mining Claims Keystone Dialogue Perpetual Maintenance Tailings Storage Alternative Tailings Storage Opposition Powering Pebble Earthquake Risks At the proposed Pebble Mine, the mine developer intends to store the mine’s sulfide mine ... [read-more]
Pebble and Perpetuity: Our Pebble Articles Overview Block Caving Water Management Nearby Mining Claims Keystone Dialogue Perpetual Maintenance Tailings Storage Alternative Tailings Storage Opposition Powering Pebble Earthquake Risks The life of a mine doesn’t end when the metal is gone. The primary environmental ... [read-more]
Pebble Tailings Management: Our Pebble Articles Overview Block Caving Water Management Nearby Mining Claims Keystone Dialogue Perpetual Maintenance Tailings Storage Alternative Tailings Storage Opposition Powering Pebble Earthquake Risks The proposed Pebble Mine could produce up to 10.7 billion tons of tailings, a mud ... [read-more]
Sulfolane Contamination in Alaska: Summary Sulfolane, an industrial solvent used in the production of gasoline, has been detected since 2000 in groundwater located near the North Pole oil refinery, with the sulfolane slowly spreading outside the refinery boundaries.  In 2009 sulfolane was discovered in ... [read-more]
The True Cost of Coal: To the electricity customer, coal is relatively cheap. But missing from the sticker price are coal's major impacts on ecosystems, human health, and our economy. People are sickened by pollution from coal fired power plants, shortening their lives and burdening ... [read-more]
True Cost: What is "true cost"?"True cost" is the difference between the market price of a commodity and the comprehensive cost of that commodity to society.  The term is normally used to draw attention to missing or hidden costs that are not ... [read-more]
Unconventional Oil and Gas in Alaska: North Slope Pipelines GET PHOTO Pipelines crossing tundra west of Prudhoe Bay in Alaska's Arctic. source: Public Domain Nearly all known unconventional petroleum in Alaska is located on the North Slope.  Although most of Alaska’s petroleum reserves are "conventional fields," where ... [read-more]
Waste Storage 'In Perpetuity': Perpetual waste storage Toxic waste is an inevitable byproduct of many industries, from mines to power plants, nuclear reactors to municipal landfills. Therefore, we construct facilities to contain or treat these toxic byproducts. In many cases the mandate of these ... [read-more]
Alaska Oil and Gas:   Oil and Gas Articles Benefits and Risks of Massive Hydraulic FracturingChukchi Sea Oil and Gas DevelopmentCoalbed MethaneDrift River Oil TerminalExxon Valdez Oil SpillHydrofracking in AlaskaNatural Gas in Cook InletNorthern Gateway Pipeline Project (Canada)Oil Degradation in the SeaSulfolane Contamination in AlaskaUnconventional ... [read-more]
Other Issues: The primary goal of our website is to provide accurate, up-to-date information on natural resource issues, with a particular focus on Alaska.  Currently we have sections with detailed articles on Coal and Metals Mining.  We are currently working on developing ... [read-more]

Photos tagged Pollution

Lingering Oil
Lingering Oil
Abandoned drill site
Asexual reproduction
Oil drums leaking
Oil drums leaking
Oil drums leaking
Oil drums leaking
Oil drums leaking
Cruise ship pollution
Firing up engines
Cruise ship pollution
Chinese coal port
Lingering oil after 25 years
EVOS oil in 2014
Oil residue on beach
Lingering oil survey
Oily Gravel from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
Surveying lingering oil in Prince William Sound
Tar deposit on a gravel beach
Tar deposit in gravel