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Protests, resignations, and flawed EIS plague Newmont’s Conga gold mine in Peru

By Nick Magel

November 29, 2011

Opposition is stacking up higher and higher against Newmont’s $4.8 billion mega gold project in Peru. Here is a quick run down of things that are beginning to impact whether this project is longer feasible, or not.

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Today the Deputy Minister of the Environment, Jose de Echave, resigned in protest. Echave said that the Humala government "lacks an adequate strategy for dealing with social conflict." He also raised concerns about the weakening on the Ministry Environment after being restructured to defer to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers

La Republica: Jose de Echave renuncio al viceministerio del ambiente
Washington Post / AP: Peru environment official resigns amid protests by peasants who fear mines will harm water

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Tagged with: mining, no dirty gold, water pollution, newmont, international, peru, conga, yanacocha


Giving thanks to those who stand up and speak out

By Nadia Steinzor

November 26, 2011

It’s almost Thanksgiving, and I'd like to give a tremendous thanks for people and events this week in the Marcellus Shale region.

The Delaware River Basin Commission postponed a vote on gas drilling regulations. Organizations, activists, and concerned citizens said loudly and clearly (through thousands of phone calls and letters) that elected officials must put the protection of natural areas, drinking water, and communities first. The celebration at a rally in Trenton ushered in the next stage of the fight to save the Delaware—and hopefully other regions—from the mad rush to drill.

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Tagged with: natural gas, marcellus shale, communities, delaware river


New Mexico delivers big fat nothing on fracking chemical disclosure

By Gwen Lachelt

November 18, 2011

It's back to your granddaddy's oil and gas days in the Land of Enchantment. The state's oil and gas regulator is once again cozy with industry.

And when it comes to requiring the disclosure of the chemicals used in fracking, New Mexico is the laughing stock of America's oil and gas producing states.

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Tagged with: fracking, hydraulic fracturing, regulation, new mexico, disclosure


Tracing Water Contamination to Fracking

By Aaron Mintzes

November 17, 2011

Yesterday, I attend a hearing hosted by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment. The hearing allowed members of Congress and government bureaucrats to discuss concerns about the potential for water contamination from fracking and the right regulatory regime to prevent it.

The specter of contamination arises out of a concern that the high- pressure injection of a mixture of water, sand, and toxic chemicals might migrate in to underground sources of drinking water.

For this reason, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is undertaking a study of this issue due out in 2014.

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Tagged with: fracking, epa, water contamination, hydraulic fracking, transportation and infrastructure, tracers


Tell Kay and Jared Jewelers (owned by Signet) to say no to dirty gold from Pebble Mine

By Bonnie Gestring

November 17, 2011

The world's greatest wild salmon fishery - in Alaska's Bristol Bay - is at risk!  And, you can help.

Alaskans are asking Signet, the world's largest jewelry corporation to promise not to use gold from the proposed Pebble Mine - a massive copper gold mine that threatens the world's most valuable wild salmon fishery. Over fifty major jewelers have already promised.

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Tagged with: bristol bay, jewelry retailers, bristol bay pledge, signet jewelers, jared jewelers, kay jewelers


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