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Frackquakes – Californians as guinea pigs

By Jhon Arbelaez

April 22, 2014

Does fracking cause earthquakes? California regulators won’t answer the question. The subject is currently not studied in the Golden State, and for years, the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), has refused to look into it.

Fortunately, other states, scientists , and organizations have studied this.

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Tagged with: fracking, california, earthquakes, sb1132


Colombia moves to protect wilderness rapidly threatened by mining

By Shreema Mehta

April 17, 2014

Here's some good news: Colombia recently announced the quadrupling in size of a protected wilderness area, the Santurban Regional National Park.  The expansion is intended to protect the unique high-altitude páramo ecosystem from large-scale mining and other extractive development. Home to both the Amazon and the páramos, Colombia is a country rich in biodiversity.

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Tagged with: mining, protected areas, colombia, santurban, paramo


Rep. Dave Camp Takes Step Toward Ending Fossil Fuel and Mining Tax Breaks

By Aaron Mintzes

April 15, 2014

Today is tax day! And just in time for the Spring Congressional recess, House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) has submitted a comprehensive tax reform proposal with a little something for everyone to dislike.

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Tagged with: mining reform, percentage depletion allowance, taxes


Earthworks thanks Rio Tinto for its decision to pull out of Pebble Mine

By Bonnie Gestring

April 15, 2014

Today, I’m in London to thank the British mining giant, Rio Tinto, for its recent decision to pull out of the Pebble Mine.

In another major blow to what would be (if built) North America’s largest mine built on top of the world’s largest wild sockeye salmon fishery, Rio Tinto announced last week it was divesting from the project and donating its shares to two Alaska charities.  The company held 19.1% of Northern Dynasty - the sole owner of the Pebble Project. 

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Tagged with: mining, alaska, pebble, rio tinto, pebble limited partnership


A Proposed Scar on Alaska’s Brooks Range – The Road to Ambler

By Jill Yordy

April 14, 2014

If Alaskan Governor Sean Parnell gets his way, an industrial road through Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve is in our future. Parnell has called for “Roads to Resources” in his efforts to subsidize corporate development in Alaska. These mega-projects have recently been shown to be fiscally irresponsible in the third edition of Easy to Start: Impossible to Finish by Lois Epstein with The Wilderness Society. Rural villages in the region have spoken out against the road with six individual communities and the Tanana Chief’s Conference passing resolutions opposing the Road to Ambler over the past year.

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Tagged with: mining, alaska, ambler


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