Rep. Dave Camp Takes Step Toward Ending Fossil Fuel and Mining Tax Breaks

By Aaron Mintzes

April 15, 2014

Today is tax day! And just in time for the Spring Congressional recess, House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) has submitted a comprehensive tax reform proposal with a little something for everyone to dislike.

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Tagged with: mining reform, percentage depletion allowance, taxes

Earthworks thanks Rio Tinto for its decision to pull out of Pebble Mine

By Bonnie Gestring

April 15, 2014

Today, I’m in London to thank the British mining giant, Rio Tinto, for its recent decision to pull out of the Pebble Mine.

In another major blow to what would be (if built) North America’s largest mine built on top of the world’s largest wild sockeye salmon fishery, Rio Tinto announced last week it was divesting from the project and donating its shares to two Alaska charities.  The company held 19.1% of Northern Dynasty - the sole owner of the Pebble Project. 

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Tagged with: mining, alaska, pebble, rio tinto, pebble limited partnership

A Proposed Scar on Alaska’s Brooks Range – The Road to Ambler

By Jill Yordy

April 14, 2014

If Alaskan Governor Sean Parnell gets his way, an industrial road through Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve is in our future. Parnell has called for “Roads to Resources” in his efforts to subsidize corporate development in Alaska. These mega-projects have recently been shown to be fiscally irresponsible in the third edition of Easy to Start: Impossible to Finish by Lois Epstein with The Wilderness Society. Rural villages in the region have spoken out against the road with six individual communities and the Tanana Chief’s Conference passing resolutions opposing the Road to Ambler over the past year.

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Tagged with: mining, alaska, ambler

How California Achieves Independence from Oil

By Jennifer Krill

April 11, 2014

Last week the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Minerals held a hearing entitled, “Energy Independence: Domestic Opportunities to Reverse California’s Growing Dependence on Foreign Oil”. This hearing was a thinly-veiled promotional exercise for increasing oil drilling and fracking in the Golden State.

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Tagged with: fracking, california, oil, lng, exports, energy independence

CA Fracking Moratorium Bill Advances Out of Committee

By Jhon Arbelaez

April 9, 2014

Yesterday, SB1132, a bill introduced by Senators Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) to the California Legislature, advanced out of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee. The bill, which calls for a moratorium on fracking and other types of unconventional well stimulation until the full effects of these techniques are studied, passed with strong support on a 5-2 vote, with 2 abstentions.  

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Tagged with: fracking, california, moratorium, sb1132

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