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Amid Keystone chaos Congress is voting on one of the worst fracking loopholes

By Lauren Pagel

January 28, 2015

Today, the Senate is voting on amendments to the Keystone XL Pipeline Act. The bill itself, bill number S. 1, is a bad piece of legislation. It pushes the Keystone XL pipeline through – a pipeline that will harm our climate, threaten aquifers and harm nearby communities.  Luckily, President Obama has already threatened to veto this ill-conceived bill. 

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Tagged with: congress, halliburton loophole, nokxl, vote


Newmont-backed Gabriel Resources Won’t Let Democracy Stop it from Mining

By Shreema Mehta

January 22, 2015

Rather than accept unfavorable government decisions, such as a permit denial, some companies are suing countries under investment agreements that allow them to “seek international arbitration” in publicly inaccessible World Bank tribunals. Canadian mining company Gabriel Resources, which has the backing of US giant Newmont, is the latest mining company to resort to this tactic. Gabriel is threatening to sue the Romanian government if it does not get approval for its proposed Rosia Montana open-pit gold mine.

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Tagged with: world bank, romania, gabriel resources, investor risk, investors, investment, rosia montana, investor


90 Days and Counting: Maryland’s Last Chance to Stop Fracking

By Aaron Mintzes

January 19, 2015

This week, the Maryland General Assembly (MGA) began its 435th legislative session. 

The political dynamic has changed dramatically since last year.  November’s election provided us with dozens of new delegates and senators, as well as a new Republican governor, Larry Hogan. 

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Tagged with: maryland, moratorium, maryland general assembly, maryland fracking


The Ugly Truth about Methane Pollution from Fracking

By Lauren Pagel

January 15, 2015

Yesterday, the Obama administration came out with its plans to regulate methane from oil and gas wells. These rules will be the first of their kind, and underscore two of the most important problems with fracking-enabled oil and gas production -- its impact on the climate and its impact on human health. 

Oil and gas operations across the country are a major source of air pollution of all types. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), coupled with nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide (together known as NOx) and sunlight, produce ozone, which is hazardous to human health and can cause premature death. Exposure to hydrogen sulfide gas, found in many shale oil and gas formations, can cause difficulty in breathing and eye and throat irritation. High levels of exposure can be fatal.

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Tagged with: fracking, epa, air pollution, obama, methane


2014 Year-End Mining Industry Scorecard

By Payal Sampat

December 31, 2014

During these last few hours of 2014, it's a perfect time to reflect on the signs of hope and the abject fails provided by the multinational mining industry.

We leave it to you, dear reader, to decide whether the good outweighs the bad or vice versa.

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Tagged with: mining, no dirty gold, irma, mount polley


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