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Pebble Mine: another bad example!

By Bonnie Gestring

November 7, 2011

The Pebble Limited Partnership profiled the Flambeau mine as a reclamation success story in its latest newsletter article.

What they don't mention about the mine is its on-going copper pollution.  But, it's all over the recent news.  "In the most recent tests, state records show that copper and zinc levels have exceeded state toxicity standards for surface waters, potentially threatening fish and other aquatic life."

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Tagged with: bristol bay, pebble mine, pebble limited partnership


Supercommittee: Follow the Money

By Aaron Mintzes

November 4, 2011

There are tons of ideas out there to help out the Supercommittee decide which services to cut and revenues to raise. Their report is due on November 23 when we expect that Congress will get to have an up or down vote (that is, no amendments allowed) on their recommendations.

Some of the ideas are better than others. The better ones look at the low hanging fruit: government subsidies of incredibly successful industries-especially the oil, gas, and mining companies. Here are a couple of the good ones.

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Tagged with: subsidies, markey, tax expenditures, supercommittee, tax


House Majority seeks to Mine the Grand Canyon

By Aaron Mintzes

November 3, 2011

Today, I attended a hearing of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands. The subcommittee was considering four bills. Three of them had to do with establishing national monuments.

The fourth (HR 3155), ironically, had to do with opening up one million acres of lands surrounding the Grand Canyon to uranium mining. Obviously, EARTHWORKS opposes mining around the Grand Canyon and we encourage you to join us.

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Tagged with: uranium mining, grand canyon, representative raul grijalva


Deals with the Devil, Pennsylvania style

By Nadia Steinzor

November 1, 2011

Over the weekend, I blogged on efforts in the Pennsylvania Senate to make a devil's bargain through a bill that would establish an impact fee on gas drillers--but greatly restrict the rights of municipalities to take measures (like zoning) to protect communities from the damage caused by drilling. Thanks to widespread push-back, including from the PA Campaign for Clean Water, the Senate has postponed the vote.

But today, the House declared its own willingness to sell the souls of Pennsylvania's communties for some quick revenue--introducing a bill that would strip local governments of any say over any aspect of drilling.

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Tagged with: marcellus shale, pennsylvania, local ordinances, gas development


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


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