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Reform 142 Years in the Making

By Aaron Mintzes

July 11, 2014

Yesterday, House Natural Resources Committee Members Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Raul Grijalva (D-AR) introduced the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2014. The purpose of this bill is to reform the 1872 Mining Law, which after 142 years still governs mining of precious metals on public lands. And “governs” is meant loosely.

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Tagged with: 1872 mining law, 1872, abandoned mine lands


Global Freedom, Independence, and Fossil Fuel Giveaways: The Week in House Energy Policy

By Aaron Mintzes

June 30, 2014

It's Energy Week in the House! The House of Representatives passed three bills last week in a retread of some familiar old themes in newer packaging.

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Tagged with: pipeline, lng, keystone, hr6, hr3301, hr4899


Updated fracking regulations in California leave much to be desired

By Jhon Arbelaez

June 27, 2014

In keeping up with the tradition of waiting until the public is not paying attention, the California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), released their latest draft regulations for fracking, and other unconventional well stimulation on Friday, June 13, at 4:00PM local time – right before the weekend.

As required by SB4, DOGGR updated the proposed permanent regulations, which were released in November 2013, right before Thanksgiving. Earthworks, along with our partner organizations in California, submitted extensive comments that would enhance the regulations, and truly protect Californians' health and the environment.

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Tagged with: fracking, california, earthquakes, moratorium, doggr, sb4


Workers, Rivers, Mines: Mt Lyell in Tasmania

By Shreema Mehta

June 23, 2014

The Mt Lyell mine in Tasmania, Australia, with its controversial track record of worker fatalities and river pollution, plans to restart operations at the end of June 2014.

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Tagged with: mining, water pollution, copper, australia, worker safety


Arlington County, VA Opposes Fracking in National Forest

By Dusty Horwitt

June 19, 2014

Arlington County, Virginia joined a growing number of local governments, elected officials and major water providers in unanimously passing a resolution opposing horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the George Washington National Forest.

By passing the resolution June 17, Arlington became the first jurisdiction in politically powerful Northern Virginia to oppose horizontal drilling in the forest, though several elected officials from the region have already taken the same stance including U.S. Reps. Jim Moran and Gerald E. Connolly and State Delegate Patrick Hope.  Former Virginia Lieutenant Governor, Don Beyer, who recently won the Democratic primary to replace Moran, who is retiring, has also opposed horizontal drilling and fracking in the forest.

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Tagged with: fracking, forest service, george washington national forest, virginia


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