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Dirty Gold Videos: customers start to send in video messages to Costco

By Nick Magel

October 31, 2011

Costco has tried to avoid any controversy when it comes to their gold products, but their customers won't let them. They refused to answer the over 1000 customer posts on their Facebook page. Then, when customers called the company directly, Costco failed to return a single call. Costco executives turned off their phones and sent customers directly to voicemails.

Costco is making two things clear: they do not feel accountable to their customers (many who make up the over 25,000 calling on Costco), and they are not moved by the thought of human rights abuses, environmental destruction, and unfair labor being associated with the gold they sell to you at their stores.

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Tagged with: no dirty gold, golden rules, costco, video, take action, ndg


Bill that would destroy sacred sites, campground, passes House of Representatives

By Lauren Pagel

October 31, 2011

Last week, the House passed HR 1904, the Southeastern Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act, by a vote of 235 to 186. The bill would take a campground and sites sacred to area tribes out of public hands and turn it over foreign-owned mining companies.

A subsidiary of Rio Tinto and BHP - Billiton is proposing to mine a rich copper vein on public and private lands east of Superior, Arizona. Because the proposed mine would most likely destroy the area in question, the company, called Resolution Copper, is pushing for legislation to privatize the Oak Flat Campground, which has been withdrawn from mining since the 1950’s, and surrounding public lands in the Tonto National Forest.

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Tagged with: public lands, oak flat, arizona, hr 1904, congressman grijalva


PA Politics: Bargaining away community protections

By Nadia Steinzor

October 29, 2011

It’s often said that getting anything done in government requires compromise. But in their continued give-and-take over Senate Bill 1100, Pennsylvania legislators are poised to go too far and sell out communities.

Amendments were made to the bill this week that could result in some much-needed improvements to the state's outdated Oil and Gas Act, but it still rests on a faulty and unjust premise: forcing cash-strapped municipalities to give up their zoning rights in exchange for revenues from an “impact fee” charged to gas drillers. And linking these two issues now makes any legislator who wants to improve protections from damaging drilling party to the gutting of local control.

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Tagged with: natural gas, marcellus shale, pennsylvania, mpact fee


Another step towards Grand Canyon protection

By Lauren Pagel

October 26, 2011

Today, the Obama administration took another important step towards protecting the Grand Canyon from uranium mining. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the Northern Arizona Proposed Withdrawal Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for public review, and the Obama administration once again reiterated its support for a withdrawal of the full 1 million acres. This action initiates a 30-day review period after which the Secretary of Interior can make and issue a final decision.

The Grand Canyon is currently threatened by over 1000 uranium mining claims near its borders.

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Tagged with: 1872 mining law, uranium mining, grand canyon, arizona, obama, department of interior, secretary salazar


US Court: Communities can sue Rio Tinto for genocide and war crimes

By Nick Magel

October 26, 2011

Yesterday, communities in Papua New Guinea (PNG) received big news from the US Appeals Court. The court released a decision that will allow PNG communities to sue mining giant Rio Tinto for genocide and war crimes becasue of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to reverse a lower courts dismissal, that was in favor of Rio Tinto.

This development comes only months after the company had publicly expressed intent to reopen the controversial mine.

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Tagged with: human rights, international, rio tinto, lawsuit, papua new guinea, bougainville, genocide


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