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Welcome growling over shale gas oversight

By Nadia Steinzor

July 23, 2014

Pennsylvanians whose health and quality of life have been disrupted by gas development certainly have a personal “dog in the fight” for better industry oversight and accountability. But they might not have expected help in that quest from the state’s fiscal watchdog—who yesterday strongly criticized the ability of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to track problems and respond to the public. 

In a report on DEP’s protection of water quality in the face of shale gas drilling, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale detailed serious lapses in how DEP works with drillers who have caused water pollution; communicates investigation results to residents; registers citizen complaints; conducts inspections of gas sites; and tracks waste. 

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Tagged with: fracking, pennsylvania, pennsylvania department of environmental protection, water contamination


Coming Soon: A New Standard for More Responsible Mining

By Shreema Mehta

July 22, 2014

Earthworks is part of a multistakeholder group working to develop the world's first certification system for more responsible mining. Today, the group releases the first draft of the standards for public comment. Here's a message from the committee about these groundbreaking standards.

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Tagged with: certification, irma, standards


In Solidarity with Argentina

By Jhon Arbelaez

July 21, 2014

A recent report by Accenture named Argentina as the best placed country, outside of North America, to develop its shale resources.

Why? Argentina holds some of the largest natural gas reserves in the world - 200 trillion cubic feet more than the United States.

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Tagged with: fracking, international, argentina


EPA Takes Crucial Step Towards Protecting Alaska’s Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine

By Bonnie Gestring

July 18, 2014

Today, the EPA released its long-awaited plan for restricting mine waste disposal in Alaska's Bristol Bay watershed - a crucial step towards protecting the world's most proflific wild salmon fishery and the 14,000 hardworking fishermen who depend on it.  Alaska Native Tribes and commercial fishermen petitioned the EPA to use its authority to protect the fishery in 2010.

"It's been a long time coming," said Luki Akelkok, chairman of Nunamta Aulukestai, an association of ten Native Tribes and corporations, in a press release today.

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Tagged with: mining, bristol bay, alaska, pebble mine, 404c


Muddying the Waters: House Committee Guts Clean Water Act Protections

By Aaron Mintzes

July 17, 2014

Today, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a mark up on the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act (HR 5078) and the Regulatory Certainty Act (HR4854). Key to understanding the intent of these bills is knowing the language of Washington DC pretext. “Overreach” is the favored buzzword used by some to describe anything the Administration wants to do to protect public health and the environment. “Certainty” means allowing the polluters to do anything they want while absolving them from regulation.

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Tagged with: bristol bay, clean water act, 404c, transportation and infrastructure, wotus


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