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Newmont planning to advance Akyem mine project in Ghana Forest Reserve

By Scott Cardiff

March 24, 2011

Colorado-based Newmont Mining announced today that they have approved funding to develop the Akyem gold mine project in Eastern Ghana. This destructive mine project would create an open-pit in a Forest Reserve, threaten water sources, and displace around nine thousand people from their homes, lands, or livelihoods.

Communities in Ghana have expressed great concern about the Akyem project, and their concerns have already stalled the mine project several times. WACAM and other community groups have protested over the company's plan to mine in a Forest Reserve, potential impacts on water supply, loss of access to land, and inadequate compensation plans for displaced communities. Newmont has already displaced some community members. In total, over a thousand people would lose their lands and homes, and thousands more would lose their agricultural lands. The mine would destroy approximately 340 acres (140 ha) of tropical forest and a quarter of the forest left in the Ajenjua Bepo Forest Reserve. In 2009, the project gained notoriety when it caused Newmont to receive the Public Eye Award for irresponsible practices.

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Tagged with: newmont, ghana, forest reserve, displacement, akyem


Change.org teams up with the No Dirty Gold campaign!

By Payal Sampat

March 24, 2011

In recent months, tens of thousands of activists from Change.org, the world's fastest growing platform for social change, have lent their voices to the No Dirty Gold campaign's efforts to clean up irresponsible mining and are calling on jewelry retailers to provide alternatives to dirty gold.

Here s what Ben Rattray, Founder and CEO of Change.org had to say about US mega retailer Target s decision to sign on to the Golden Rules:

It's been incredible working with Earthworks, Target, and the over 20,000 Change.org members who have supported this commitment to responsible gold. This victory speaks to the power of collective consumer demand for ethically-produced goods. We expect this grassroots momentum to continue to other jewelry retailers who will pledge to follow the 'Golden Rules'.

All of us at the No Dirty Gold campaign extend our thanks to Change.org members for supporting our efforts and we re looking forward to continuing to collaborate in the months to come.

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Tagged with: no dirty gold, golden rules, target, change.org


Regulations for life

By Nadia Steinzor

March 24, 2011

In the world of dirty energy, things often go awry. In just the last few weeks, there s been ongoing news of the nuclear power plant disaster in Japan, yet another in a never-ending series of oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico, and natural gas-related fires in Pennsylvania and Minnesota.

And what do many policymakers choose to do about such problems? Attack the very regulatory systems designed to protect people and the environment, for example through anti-Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) bills and calls for less federal meddling in the gas industry.

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Tagged with: epa, regulation, natural gas, dirty energy, fossil fuels


Texas hydraulic fracturing disclosure bill is inadequate

By Sharon Wilson

March 24, 2011

State Rep. Jim Keffer of Eastland, chair of the Texas House Committee on Energy Resources, last week introduced a bill to require limited disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing of natural gas wells. Since Texas currently has no disclosure requirements, we d like to be able to say HB 3328 is a step forward but we can t.

Why? Because, as Jim Hightower says, The water won t clear up until we get the hogs out of the creek.

The hogs in this instance are the oil and gas industry, which helped write the bill. Unsurprisingly, it does little to protect Texans right to know about chemicals that may contaminate their drinking water, but bends over backwards to protect the industry s interest in keeping its fracking formulas secret. The bill appears to be written largely from the perspective of industry and without much consideration for the landowners whose problems it is ostensibly trying to solve.

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Tagged with: regulation, texas, disclosure, legislature


Target says NO to dirty gold

By Alan Septoff

March 24, 2011

The third-largest retail chain in the US, Target, has signed on to the No Dirty Gold campaign s "Golden Rules" for more responsible metals mining.

In doing so, Target send a clear message to its consumers and suppliers that it wants nothing to do with dirty gold.

Target is proud to be part of the No Dirty Gold campaign, said Tim Mantel, president, Target Sourcing Services.

Target is one the top 10 retailers of jewelry in the country, and its support could provide a huge boost in the effort to clean up gold mining. More than 70 other jewelry retailers with combined US sales of more than $13.5 billion - nearly a quarter of the US market - have signed on to the campaign thus far.

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Tagged with: dirty gold, jewelry retailers, golden rules, target, conflict gold


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