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A Tale of Two Nature Reserves

By Shreema Mehta

July 15, 2014

There are several mines, including Goldcorp's Penasquito, that are currently operating in in the desert state of Zacatecas that serves as the destination for the migratory monarch butterfly. The mines threaten not only the butterfly's habitat, but other plants and animals and critical water resources for local people.

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Tagged with: mining, mexico, baja california


Reform 142 Years in the Making

By Aaron Mintzes

July 11, 2014

Yesterday, House Natural Resources Committee Members Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Raul Grijalva (D-AR) introduced the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2014. The purpose of this bill is to reform the 1872 Mining Law, which after 142 years still governs mining of precious metals on public lands. And “governs” is meant loosely.

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Tagged with: 1872 mining law, 1872, abandoned mine lands


Global Freedom, Independence, and Fossil Fuel Giveaways: The Week in House Energy Policy

By Aaron Mintzes

June 30, 2014

It's Energy Week in the House! The House of Representatives passed three bills last week in a retread of some familiar old themes in newer packaging.

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Tagged with: pipeline, lng, hr4899, keystone, hr6, hr3301


Updated fracking regulations in California leave much to be desired

By Jhon Arbelaez

June 27, 2014

In keeping up with the tradition of waiting until the public is not paying attention, the California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), released their latest draft regulations for fracking, and other unconventional well stimulation on Friday, June 13, at 4:00PM local time – right before the weekend.

As required by SB4, DOGGR updated the proposed permanent regulations, which were released in November 2013, right before Thanksgiving. Earthworks, along with our partner organizations in California, submitted extensive comments that would enhance the regulations, and truly protect Californians' health and the environment.

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Tagged with: fracking, california, earthquakes, moratorium, doggr, sb4


Workers, Rivers, Mines: Mt Lyell in Tasmania

By Shreema Mehta

June 23, 2014

The Mt Lyell mine in Tasmania, Australia, with its controversial track record of worker fatalities and river pollution, plans to restart operations at the end of June 2014.

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Tagged with: mining, water pollution, copper, australia, worker safety


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