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Government Authority Is Crossing a Line
Last week, Eloisa Tamez, 73, lost the latest round in her ongoing fight with the U.S. government. A judge ordered her to let Washington survey her land near Brownsville, Texas. It lies in the path of a proposed border fence. Now, Tamez, heir to an original Spanish land grant dating to the 1700s,...
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Challenges Arise to Border Fence Project
Securing the nation's borders is so important, Congress says, that Michael Chertoff, the homeland security secretary, must have the power to ignore any laws that stand in the way of building a border fence. Any laws at all. Last week, Mr. Chertoff issued waivers suspending more than 30 laws he said...
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Bush's Border Fence Destroys Wilderness
The Bush administration is pushing ahead with what critics say is a final act of environmental vandalism in casting aside more than 30 laws and regulations to complete a 670-mile stretch of fence along the US-Mexico border by the end of this year. The remaining 350-mile section of the planned anti-...
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Environmental Rules Waived For Mexican Border Fence
Homeland Security says it will go around state and federal laws in a push to finish 670 miles along the boundary with Mexico this year.
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Delay in Bush Administration Polar Bear Policy Stirs Probe
The Interior Department's inspector general has begun a preliminary investigation into why the department has delayed for nearly two months a decision on listing the polar bear as threatened because of the loss of Arctic sea ice. A recommendation to Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne was to have...
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Bush Opens Roadless Tongass National Forest to Logging
JUNEAU, Alaska - Yesterday, the Bush administration put a "for sale" sign on trees in pristine roadless areas of the Tongass rainforest in Alaska - America's largest national forest. This move by Bush officials to reverse roadless area protections parallels two others made recently in national...
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Environmentalists Worry Border Fence-Building Will Threaten Arizona River, Wildlife
PALOMINAS, Ariz. - Before sealing off the border became the priority it is today, a visitor would have gotten a different picture of this area where the last free-flowing river in the Southwest trickles between tree-lined banks. The San Pedro River still moves lazily northward below a canopy of...
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Border Fence Work Raises Environmental Concerns
LOS ANGELES - The Department of Homeland Security is ahead of schedule in building some 700 miles of fencing along the Mexican border, but some environmental groups, elected officials and local Indian tribes say too little attention is being paid to the environmental consequences of the barriers...
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Chertoff Exempts Fence: National Security Trumps Environmental Concern For San Pedro River
PHOENIX - Unwilling to gamble on the outcome of a lawsuit, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on Monday used his power to exempt a nearly seven-mile stretch of new border fence in Cochise County from all environmental and other regulations. "Congress granted to me the authority to waive...
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Don't Fence Them In
I stood on the cottonwood-lined banks of the San Pedro River in Arizona recently and watched it flow freely under a "water gap" fence -- two strands of barbed wire and two of wound cable. Those four strands, which mark the line between Mexico and the United States of America at the edge of the San...
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