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A New Coat of Paint for the Exploding Pepsi Cans on Wheels: New Rule on Oil Trains Disappoints

By Aaron Mintzes

May 12, 2015

On May 1, the Department of Transportation (DOT) released their proposed rule to improve safety for high hazard flammable trains carrying crude oil. The proposal falls far short of what we hoped. Just last week, another train exploded in North Dakota signaling how urgently communities need protections to keep them safe. Instead, what we see from the DOT is a long-term plan that gradually phases in a series of simple changes designed to accommodate sending more rolling dangers through our towns.

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Tagged with: oil trains, crude by rail, phmsa, dot


Support Mothers Fighting Dirty Gold Mining!

By Payal Sampat

May 8, 2015

Happy Mother’s Day! 

Large scale, industrial mining disproportionately impacts women.

So they’re often on the frontlines, fighting dirty mining projects and demanding responsible behavior from mining companies. Perhaps because they’re fighting for their children’s future, these women are often moms.

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Tagged with: mining, conga, mothers day, maxima


From Cajamarca to Wilmington: Why we went to Newmont’s Shareholder Meeting

By Shreema Mehta

May 5, 2015

Mirtha Vasquez, an attorney based in Cajamarca, Peru, has two young kids and a full caseload protecting communities from irresponsible mining activity in the mineral-rich Andean region. Yet she made the long trip to Wilmington, DE to join Earthrights International and Earthworks to attend Newmont’s Mining Company’s annual shareholders’ meeting. Together, we called on CEO Gary Goldberg to address the armed repression of protesters, untreated pollution, threats to water availability and other issues of concern to communities in the area.

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Tagged with: gold, newmont, peru, conga, yanacocha, cajamarca


An unwelcome web of gas infrastructure

By Nadia Steinzor

April 28, 2015

Whenever I see a spiderweb in the woods, I’m awestruck by the careful, diligent work it took and the ability of a small insect to adjust its design to the surrounding trees or bushes. Unfortunately, the opposite is true when it comes to the expanding web of gas pipelines and compressor stations being planned nationwide, which would take years to build, affect large areas, and have impacts that last for decades. 

No wonder communities in the path of development refuse to be ensnared.

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Tagged with: fracking, pipelines, infrastructure


Xeni Gwet’in Mining Activist Wins Goldman Environmental Prize

By Payal Sampat

April 20, 2015

We are thrilled to join the Goldman Environmental Prize, the world's largest prize for grassroots environmental activism, in honoring Xeni Gwet’in leader Marilyn Baptiste of British Columbia, Canada for her work to stop Taseko Mines' proposed Prosperity gold and copper mine.

We are thrilled to join the Goldman Environmental Prize, the world's largest award for grassroots environmental activism, in honoring Xeni Gwet’in leader Marilyn Baptiste of British Columbia, Canada for her work to stop Taseko Mines' proposed Prosperity gold and copper mine.

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Tagged with: mining, indigenous, canada, goldman prize, fish lake, marilyn baptiste, first nations


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