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Fracking threatens the Chaco Canyon World Heritage Site

By Pete Dronkers

June 11, 2014

Most people think that National Parks and UNESCO World Heritage sites would be buffered from industrial extraction like fracking for oil. But during the last two weeks of May, we all began to think again.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is writing a new management plan for a multi-million acre swatch of public lands in northwestern New Mexico.  Contained within this area is the treasured Chaco Canyon National Historic Park.  One of less than a dozen UNESCO sites in the western states, it includes the ruins of what were the largest buildings in North America 1,000 years ago.

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Tagged with: fracking, new mexico, indigenous, blm, sacred sites, chaco canyon


Bring Justice to the Cajamarcan Mining Protesters

By Shreema Mehta

June 11, 2014

Last week, I joined other civil society representatives to deliver an important letter to the Peruvian embassy, which is a short walk from the Earthworks office in Washington, DC.

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Tagged with: newmont, peru, conga, cajamarca


Regulation by Rubber Stamp: Exporting Fracked Gas from Cove Point

By Aaron Mintzes

June 6, 2014

When John Smith first sailed the Chesapeake Bay, he reported a resource teeming with oysters, crabs, and waters so clear one could see all the way to the bottom. The Bay is the world’s largest estuary. Generations of watermen- Maryland’s analog to cowboys- have shaped the very tradition and character of the region by harvesting the Bay’s bounty, driving the region’s economy, and filling the bellies of hungry crab cake aficionados.

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Tagged with: maryland, lng exports, cove point, ferc


EPA Clean Power rule a step in the right direction

By Lauren Pagel

June 3, 2014

Yesterday, the Obama administration announced the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing U.S. power plants. This groundbreaking regulation is an important first step towards addressing the largest source of climate-warming pollutants, and a small step on the way towards an energy future based largely on renewable energy.

The rule allows each state to choose from a broad menu of carbon-cutting options, including energy efficiency improvements, clean energy sources, implementing a carbon tax, or instituting or joining a cap-and-trade system. Overall, the new rule will cut carbon pollution from power plants by 25% by 2020, and 30% by 2030, using 2005 emissions levels as a starting point.

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Tagged with: epa, climate change, pollution, air rules


The oily fireball waiting to happen in your backyard

By Hilary Lewis

June 2, 2014

Ever since the tragic 2013 Lac-Mégantic, Quebec crude oil rail explosion killed 47 people I have been particularly aware of rail accidents. Or have I?

More crude oil was spilled by rail in 2013 than in the nearly four previous decades, more than 1.15 million gallons.

So maybe it's just that in 2014 they've been hard to avoid. Here are a few:

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Tagged with: fracking, explosion, train wreck, rail transport


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