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DC Officials take a stand against fracking the GW Forest

By Dusty Horwitt

January 30, 2014

More local government officials in Washington, DC have taken a stand against horizontal drilling and fracking for shale gas in the George Washington National Forest.  Commissioners of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2A, who represent the neighborhood that includes the White House, voted on December 18 to pass a resolution opposing the drilling practice in the forest.  The commissioners joined three DC-area water providers, DC Water, Fairfax Water and the Army Corps of Engineers’ Washington Aqueduct, that have also opposed horizontal drilling and fracking in the forest.  Earthworks provided testimony in support of the commission’s resolution.

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Tagged with: fracking, water, forest service, george washington national forest, dc


Selling Opposition to a Gold Mine to Santa Fe, New Mexico

By Marc Choyt

January 29, 2014

When I learned last July of a proposed gold mine just south of my home in Santa Fe, I brought a group together and started a campaign. Earthworks offered support early; and last week, we published a study, Public Risk, Private Reward: an analysis of the Ortiz Gold Mine proposal. This report was part of a broader strategy—it followed my editorial in our local paper in September and the Stop Santa Fe Gold Facebook page. We needed to frame how public risk outweighs economic benefit.

I also made sure people knew I am a real Santa Fe jeweler and business man, a winner of sustainability awards. The selling of the opposition to a gold mine had to be rational, focused mainly on human impact, and tied to the bottom line. In a drought stricken region, the mine may consume the annual water supply of up to 7,000 homes, drain acid into the groundwater for generations and [Ortiz_map] create a massive tailing heap.

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Tagged with: mining, gold, no dirty gold, jewelers


An unfortunate lesson in insensitivity

By Jennifer Krill

January 29, 2014

Last weekend, we carelessly posted an image on Twitter that promoted classism and transphobia. It was wrong for us to have posted this image, and we apologize to our community.

We want to say a little bit of background about how this happened, because we think that there is little point in learning a lesson if you can't articulate the lesson you learned.

We are writing this post for public consumption, because the initial offensive image was posted publicly.

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Tagged with: welfare queen, insensitivity, transphobia, classism, twitter


Final EPA study on Pebble Mine is out!  What’s next?

By Bonnie Gestring

January 29, 2014

Last week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final study on the impacts of large-scale mining, including the proposed Pebble Mine, on Alaska’s Bristol Bay.  

This is big news!  Alaska’s Bristol Bay supports the world’s largest wild salmon fishery, and the fate of this fishery now rests in the hands of the EPA and Obama Administration.

The science is complete, and it’s definitive. There’s simply no way to avoid severe impacts.  Even under routine operation,

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Tagged with: mining, epa, our bristol bay, salmon


State of the Union: On clean energy & climate change, President Obama is his own worst enemy

By Jennifer Krill

January 28, 2014

As President Obama prepares to deliver his State of the Union address, he must explain why his administration’s policies on clean energy, climate and environmental goals have not lived up to his own standards. The President declares it is his policy to:

“Build the foundation for a clean energy economy, tackle the issue of climate change, and protect our environment.”

But his actions speak otherwise. In doing so, he is ignoring his own administration’s best available science on energy and the environment.

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Tagged with: fracking, pavillion, president obama, state of the union, dimock, exports, clean energy, weatherford


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