Charm City Versus Crude by Rail

By Aaron Mintzes

March 4, 2015

From underneath the Howard Street Bridge, I often hear the squeak of CSX trains traveling underground on my light rail ride home. In Baltimore, we expect increases in the volume of petroleum-by-rail destined for the port terminal. The oil industry desires Baltimore as a destination so they can ship crude oil by tanker to refineries along the East Coast. And, if Congress lifts the oil export ban, these shipments will go worldwide. Targa Resources, a Texas-based company, recently filed a permit to construct a crude oil shipping facility at the Fairfield peninsula in South Baltimore.

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Tagged with: maryland, infrastructure, oil trains, baltimore

Stand with the Woman who Stood Up to Mining Industry Bullying

By Shreema Mehta

February 12, 2015

Just  over a week ago, on February 3rd, police and security officers backed by Newmont invaded the Máxima Acuña Chaupe's  home to prevent her from making repairs to her house. Officers even destroyed parts of her home.  This was the third such invasion of her land in 2015 itself. We ask you to take action against Newmont and for sanctioning this violence.

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Tagged with: newmont, peru, conga, ifc, yanacocha, maxima acuna de chaupe

Update: Peruvian farmer harassed after lawsuit win against Newmont

By Shreema Mehta

February 4, 2015

After being beaten, robbed and sentenced to prison for fighting to protect her property, Maxima finally got justice against mining behemoth Newmont two months ago. But despite the victory, police harassment, backed by the mining company, has not stopped.

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Tagged with: newmont, peru, conga, lawsuit, yanacocha, cajamarca, property rights, land rights, maxima

Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is:  The President’s FY ’16 Budget

By Aaron Mintzes

February 2, 2015

Yesterday, the President delivered to Congress his FY 2016 budget. In the Federal Government, Congress controls the purse strings of our budget process. However, President Obama does get a crack at making the case for what is important to him. And there is no better way to know any politician’s priorities than following where our money goes and who pays for it to get there.

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Tagged with: mining, abandoned mines, royalty, aml fee, budget, aml, fy2016

Amid Keystone chaos Congress is voting on one of the worst fracking loopholes

By Lauren Pagel

January 28, 2015

Today, the Senate is voting on amendments to the Keystone XL Pipeline Act. The bill itself, bill number S. 1, is a bad piece of legislation. It pushes the Keystone XL pipeline through – a pipeline that will harm our climate, threaten aquifers and harm nearby communities.  Luckily, President Obama has already threatened to veto this ill-conceived bill. 

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Tagged with: congress, halliburton loophole, nokxl, vote

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