This incident offers further vindication for what environmentalists have been saying all along: that accidents are unavoidable in this ecologically sensitive region.
They say that Oak Flat will be "damaged" by the mine. "Damaged" is an understatement. A two mile wide, 1,000 foot deep crater will result from the mining.
A divided Supreme Court ruled against the Obama administration's attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.
The government will provide disability benefits to as many as 2,100 Air Force reservists and active-duty forces exposed to Agent Orange residue.
The Pope calls for serious and immediate action to address climate change and other environmental crises.
The day addresses drought and desertification, and is meant to help implement the UN Convention to Combat Desertification.
"Shell wants to haul its Arctic destroyer to Alaska as soon as possible, but these courageous individuals are saying, 'Shell No.' "
What does it take to stop a threatening transnational corporate giant? The people of Arequipa, Peru have an answer.
In terms of victories for the environment, this one is something of a sleeper hit, with momentum now starting to build as environmental groups celebrate another triumph over dangerous natural gas drilling.
It is recognized by an increasing number of countries as an opportunity to celebrate our world ocean and our personal connection to the sea.