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This is why I’m here

By Jhon Arbelaez

April 30, 2014

Many people have asked me: “Jhon, why did you choose the career you are in? Why do you do what you do?”

I have often wondered the same thing. Environmentalists are not famous. We don’t make a lot of money. And we often find ourselves on the losing end of long battles against powerful companies with endless amounts of resources. It is not rare to get a phone call or email informing us of some terrible accident that has just spilled millions of gallons of oil into a pristine ecosystem, or to hear that an indigenous community is being pushed out of their ancestral home because a mining consortium wants to extract minerals under their feet.

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Tagged with: fracking, public health, wyoming, community


Standing with communities: New York attorney wins Goldman Environmental Prize for fracking work

By Nadia Steinzor

April 28, 2014

That people are willing to work hard to save the places they know and love has long been a pillar of the conservation movement. So it’s no wonder that this principle also applies to efforts to prevent the damage caused by oil and gas development—and one of this year’s winners of the venerable Goldman Environmental Prize, attorney Helen Holden Slottje, has been saying it since the Marcellus shale boom began.

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Tagged with: fracking, new york, zoning, goldman prize, 2014, helen slottje


Over 80 groups sign statement opposing intimidation and forced displacement of mining protesters in Peru

By Payal Sampat

April 24, 2014

This week, Newmont Mining Co. held its annual shareholders’ meeting.

As it has done for the past several years, the event took place at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware, more than a thousand miles from its headquarters in Colorado, and far from the protesters and media attention that typified its meetings when they were held in downtown Denver. 

But despite keeping its shareholder meeting under wraps, Newmont has not escaped either controversy or protesters.

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Tagged with: gold mining, human rights, newmont, peru, water, fpic, conga, cajamarca


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


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