Energy projects threaten historic sites

The U.S. National Trust for Historic Preservation has released its annual list of most the endangered historic places. Most of the sites suffer from lack of funds and attention.

But four out of eleven of the locations are threatened by energy development. For example, wind and solar developments are encroaching on Bear Butte, a sacred area in South Dakota for the Lakota and other tribes.

Oil and gas extraction is seriously impacting the landscape around New Mexico’s Chacoan sites.

Longwall mining could cause a historic house in Pennsylvania to collapse.

And erosion is eating away at Dauphin Island, Alabama, where Ft. Gaines, an important Civil War fortress, is sited.

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