The Town That Beat the Fracking Industry

This week's investigative reporting, analysis and environmental news.
The Revelator
Kanab mine site

No. 116, Jan. 23, 2020

Hello Revelator readers,

Kanab, Utah, is known for its breathtaking beauty and proximity to national parks, but now the tourist-friendly destination has another claim to fame: Residents just drove a frac-sand mining development out of town. We've been following the story for months — here's what happened.

We also talked to Craig Pittman about his new book on the wild and weird battle to rescue Florida panthers from the brink of extinction and why the big cats aren't out of the woods yet.

Check out our latest video to meet Stevie Nicks, a blind black-footed ferret who's an adorable example of conservation success in action.

Subscriber bonus: The Wild 5

Let's go a little deeper. Here are five more stories we're watching this week.

1. An in-depth investigation reveals that in many places in the United States, there's little to no oversight of radioactive oil-and-gas wastewater and its risk to workers, the public or the environment.

2. A federal appeals court has tossed out Juliana v. United States — the lawsuit filed by 21 young people to spur government action on climate change.

3. The Trump administration is working to fast-track a pipeline that would send water from Lake Powell — on the overtapped Colorado River — 140 miles to southern Utah communities.

4. Spain's government has declared a climate emergency, a first step before proposing ambitious new climate legislation.

5. An outbreak of a deadly new coronavirus in China has put increased scrutiny, once again, on wildlife markets.

In case you missed it:

Los Angeles has ambitious climate goals, but first it needs to clean up groundwater pollution dating back to World War II. That effort is now underway.

What should we cover next?

Our stories rely on insight from experts and readers around the world, so we always welcome your ideas and inside scoops. Drop us a line anytime.

Coming up:

Stay tuned for stories about threats from warming ocean waters and what's working to save coral reefs.

Look for our latest links in next Thursday's newsletter — or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the headlines as they go live.

As always, thank you for reading.

Tara Lohan

Tara Lohan
Deputy Editor, The Revelator


  This message was sent to
of land near Kanab, Utah that could have been razed for a frac-sand mine by Tara Lohan.

Sign up to receive The Revelator's weekly newsletter.
Join the Center for Biological Diversity.

Center for Biological Diversity
P.O. Box 710
Tucson, AZ 85702
United States