Clean Start: January 10, 2012

Welcome back to Clean Start, ThinkProgress Green’s morning round-up of the latest in climate and clean energy. Here is what we’re reading.

Hearings in Canada on the controversial Northern Gateway oil sands pipeline begin today. [The Globe and Mail]

65-year-old Martha Carlson, a veteran maple farmer, now leads the crusade to save New Hampshire’s sugar maples. [Mother Jones]

Fracking opponents in a small Pennsylvania community blame the Environmental Protection Agency for a slow response to residents’ concerns about tainted water. [Bloomberg]

Buried under snow and record sub-zero temperatures, Nome, Alaska awaits more fuel from a Russian tanker. However, it’s uncertain exactly when the tanker will arrive as some argue the entire fiasco could have been avoided. [NYT]

The case between the EPA and an Idaho couple gets underway on the issue of the “wetlands” property. The AP reports that yesterday conservatives of the Supreme Court criticized the EPA actions as “outrageous” and “high-handedness.” [AP]

Demanding higher pay, 7,100 Bulgarian coal miners stopped work at three open-pit mines that cover a quarter of the country’s electricity. [NECN]

Ohio environmentalists called No Frack Ohio is planning a protest against hydraulic fracturing. The group calls for a statewide ban on fracking and deep injection wells that hold drilling wastewater. [WTRF]

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