Arkansas Environment http://ualrpublicradio.org en Little Rock's Sustainability Summit Set For Thursday http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/little-rocks-sustainability-summit-set-thursday <p>Business, environmental and civic leaders will gather Thursday at the Clinton Presidential Center to discuss the future of Little Rock's “green” efforts.</p><p>The 5<sup>th</sup> Annual Sustainability Summit is free, with the public encouraged to come share their thoughts.</p><p>The city’s Sustainability Officer Melinda Glasgow said Little Rock has made some improvements since last year.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:15:48 +0000 Kezia Nanda 21489 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Maumelle Watershed Task Force To Submit Proposals http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/maumelle-watershed-task-force-submit-proposals <p>The use of land around the lake providing nearly 400,000 Arkansans with drinking water is the topic of recommendations the Lake Maumelle Watershed Task Force is submitting to Pulaski County Quorum Court this week. The Court will then decide on including the recommendations in a zoning ordinance for the watershed. The 31-member task force, comprised of people representing various interests, has been meeting regularly for nearly a year to come up with the recommendations.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:58:08 +0000 Chris Hickey 21106 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Maumelle Watershed Task Force To Submit Proposals Search For Arkansas Forestry Pilot To Resume http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/search-arkansas-forestry-pilot-resume <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">After another day of foul weather slowing the search for a missing Arkansas Forestry Commission pilot and aircraft, search crews were planning to resume the effort.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Numerous agencies have combined efforts to try to find Jake Harrell, who has been missing since Friday afternoon.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Teams are searching from the air and on foot through rugged wilderness in western Arkansas.</span></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 15:33:26 +0000 Associated Press 18522 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Forecasters Warn Of Wildfire Danger In NW Arkansas http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/forecasters-warn-wildfire-danger-nw-arkansas <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Forecasters say Arkansas is still at risk for wildfires despite chilly temperatures with subzero wind chill values in some areas.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A red flag warning is in effect in Carroll, Benton, Washington and Madison counties. The National Weather Service says northwest Arkansas will see strong and gusty winds of up to 35 mph on Friday, along with low humidity values of 15 to 25 percent.</span></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:17:17 +0000 Associated Press 17929 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Foresty Commission Issues Burn Ban Alerts http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-foresty-commission-issues-burn-ban-alerts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Arkansas Forestry Commission has issued burn bans for 19 counties, and the entire state is at moderate risk of wildfires.</span></p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pulaski, Faulkner, Garland, and Van Buren are among those under the ban, after more than 500 acres burned in Arkansas over the holiday weekend</span><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Even if folks are not under burn bans, it is a really bad time to be burning because of the low humidity and high wind," says Adriane Barnes, with the Forestry Commission."</span></p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:59:11 +0000 Maggie Carroll 17773 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Foresty Commission Issues Burn Ban Alerts Bonanza Creek To Spend $80M In South Arkansas http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/bonanza-creek-spend-80m-south-arkansas <p>A Denver-based energy company says it will invest $80 million this year to drill about 50 natural gas wells in south Arkansas.</p><p>Bonanza Creek Energy Inc. says the wells will be drilled in the McKamie Patton and Dorcheat-Macedonia fields, which are located in Columbia and Lafayette counties.</p><p>Arkansas Business reports infrastructure projects and saltwater disposal wells will account for an additional $4.5 million of planned capital.</p><p>Bonanza Creek has operations in the Wattenberg Field in Colorado and the Cotton Valley sands of southern Arkansas.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:58:32 +0000 Associated Press 17383 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Workers Sent To Hospital After Leak At Arkansas Plant http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/workers-sent-hospital-after-leak-arkansas-plant <p>Authorities in northeast Arkansas say 18 people were sent to hospitals after a suspected chlorine dioxide leak at a steel mill in Blytheville.</p><p>Blytheville Fire Chief Mike Carney says the fire department responded to Nucor Steel at about 10 a.m. Sunday.</p><p>Carney says the department's hazardous materials team decontaminated the workers and contractors who were exposed to the gas before sending them to a hospital.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:05:07 +0000 Associated Press 14708 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Authorities Seize Marijuana From National Forest http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/authorities-seize-marijuana-national-forest <div><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">State and federal authorities say several marijuana plants have been seized from the Ouachita&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">National Forest in Arkansas.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says its officers worked with the Benton Police Department, Saline County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Forest Service to seize multiple marijuana plants found growing in the Winona Wildlife Management Area about 30 miles west of Little Rock.</span></p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:05:16 +0000 Associated Press 13755 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Pipeline Information Dispute May Result In A Lawsuit http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/pipeline-information-dispute-may-result-lawsuit <p>Central Arkansas Water says it may file a lawsuit against ExxonMobil, as well as the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.</p><p>The utility company has requested safety information since April, signed a confidentiality agreement in late August, and has yet to receive access to the information about the Pegasus Pipeline, which ruptured in March.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 21:56:13 +0000 Maggie Carroll 11598 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Great Arkansas Cleanup Starts This Weekend http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/great-arkansas-cleanup-starts-weekend <p>The annual Great Arkansas Cleanup starts this weekend, and people from around the state will come together to clean up community areas.</p><p>The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission is organizing volunteers from various groups, including boy scouts, girl scouts, neighborhood associations, and rotary clubs.</p><p>Over 800,000 pounds of litter was collected last year, with the help of over 11,000 volunteers from around the state.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 17:26:00 +0000 Maggie Carroll 10660 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Great Arkansas Cleanup Starts This Weekend