Retailers for Responsible Mining: Toby Pomeroy

By Shreema Mehta

January 28, 2014

Earthworks' No Dirty Gold campaign is encouraged by growing consumer awareness of the importance of responsibly mined gold. We also appreciate the many retailers who are steadily building a market for ethical jewelry.

We continue our series interviewing NDG retailers, with Toby Pomeroy, who started jewelry making in college and built a business committed to ethical sourcing.

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

Congress Funds a Government Complete with Mining Policy Riders

By Aaron Mintzes

January 24, 2014

If you really want to know the priorities our elected officials have, look how they spend money. Last week, Congress passed the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Bill to fund the Federal Government through September 30- the end of the fiscal year. Now, appropriators can fund the programs and agencies that help protect our communities and precious resources. A welcome improvement I think, since not too long ago, Congress shutdown the government and raised the specter of a debt default.

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Tagged with: clean water act, loopholes, budget, appropriations, fill, riders, bokan

We made the ground shake in Austin!

By Sharon Wilson

January 24, 2014

A bus load of Texans made the ground shake in Austin this week.

And I’m still shaking! Their dedication to helping others and protecting our communities, homes and children is truly inspiring.

More than 50 Texans from North Texas (the area around Azle) took time off from work and school, woke up at 3am and sat on a bus for eight hours to tell our government officials we need immediate action to stop fracking related earthquakes.

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Tagged with: fracking, texas, earthquakes, railroad commission

Mongolian Mining Activist Imprisoned

By Shreema Mehta

January 23, 2014

Last November, I wrote about T.S. Munkhbayar, a community leader in Mongolia whose efforts to protect his country from an explosion in mining helped spur the long-overdue regulation of mining companies. Munkhbayar was arrested then during a protest to proposed amendments to repeal these regulations.

Recently we heard the sad news that Munkhbayar and his fellow protesters have been sentenced to 21 years each for the accidental (the arresting officer is on record as acknowledging this) discharge of a weapon and the possession of guns (which is not unusual in Mongolia) at the protest, under the charge of terrorism.

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Tagged with: mining, dirty gold, mongolia

Complaints about mining’s burdensome regulations are unfounded

By Jennifer Krill

January 18, 2014

In his Jan. 10 op-ed (Threats to US mining exemplified in Rosemont Copper delays), Dan McGroarty ridiculously complains about the mining industry’s regulatory burden in general, and the Rosemont mine proposal’s specifically. To boot, he claims my organization epitomizes mining obstructionism.

Mr. McGroarty’s complaints are outrageous because federal law requires the U.S. Forest Service to approve the Rosemont mine.

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Tagged with: mining, 1872 mining law, rosemont

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