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

Public Meeting: Fracking Risks to Drinking Water for Arlington, Fairfax, DC Metro Area

By Dusty Horwitt

January 17, 2014

Major D.C. area water providers, local governments and conservation organizations have warned that an impending U.S. Forest Service decision on whether to allow fracking and horizontal drilling for natural gas in the George Washington National Forest could threaten a range of resources – including the headwaters of the Potomac River, the D.C. area’s major drinking water source. The Forest Service could make a decision to allow the practice in the coming weeks.

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

EPA Says Pebble Mine Could Devastate Bristol Bay Salmon Fishery

By Bonnie Gestring

January 16, 2014

Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency released its final study of the impacts of large-scale mining, including the proposed Pebble Mine, on Alaska’s Bristol Bay. The science is clear. Mining the Pebble deposit will have severe and lasting consequences for the world’s largest wild salmon fishery.

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

Intel Goes Conflict Free

By Shreema Mehta

January 15, 2014

Intel, the company that essentially makes the world run with its microprocessors, recently made a game-changing announcement at a Las Vegas electronics convention: this year, it would phase out all "conflict minerals"  from its microprocessors.

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Tagged with: mining, dirty gold, conflict minerals, congo, dodd-frank

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