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Walmart should drop "Love, Earth" jewelry label -- it's dirty gold

By Scott Cardiff

February 25, 2011

A coalition of civil society groups today called on Walmart to suspend its "Love, Earth" jewelry label following further revelations that the line of jewelry is harmful greenwash.

An investigation in the Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times showed that Walmart's "Love, Earth" jewelry line comes at the cost of workers' rights, health, and safety, and at the cost of communities and the environment around the mines. The jewelry line claims to be from responsible sources but is made under oppressive labor conditions and with gold and silver from polluting mines in Nevada and Utah.

The Western Shoshone Defense Project and Great Basin Resource Watch joined EARTHWORKS in sending a letter to Walmart. The letter calls on Walmart to drop the Love, Earth label until the jewelry line has independent, third party verification that it complies with the Golden Rules for responsible sourcing, and has properly consulted with affected communities and civil society about responsible sourcing.

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Tagged with: gold, dirty gold, newmont, rio tinto, mercury, bingham canyon, love earth, great basin resource watch, walmart, labor


A temporary reprieve for New Mexico's common sense drilling rules

By Gwen Lachelt

February 25, 2011

New Mexico s Pit Rule got a reprieve yesterday as State District Court Judge Barbara Vigil is considering sending industry s appeal up to the State Court of Appeals. Due to substantial public interest in the Pit Rule (the importance of oil and gas to New Mexico s economy, the Oil Conservation Commission considering extensive technical evidence and hundreds of hours of conservation, legal and industry time committed and expended in the process of developing the Pit Rule) sending the case to the higher court may be a logical next step because of the statewide importance of oil and gas.

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Tagged with: fracking, new mexico, pit rule, new mexico environmental law center, governor susana martinez, rollbacks


PBS reminds us: the price of hydraulic fracturing [VIDEO]

By Alan Septoff

February 22, 2011

PBS updates the report they published last year with ProPublica:

Watch the full episode. See more Need To Know.

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Tagged with: fracking, hydraulic fracturing, pbs


Hollywood comes to Washington to talk fracking

By Lauren Pagel

February 18, 2011

Today, Oscar nominees Josh Fox and Mark Ruffalo were on Capitol Hill to talk to members of Congress about the destructive impacts of natural gas drilling.

Mark Ruffalo, Josh Fox, Maurice Hinchey speaking before the Capitol dome

Both live in the Catskills region of New York/Pennsylvania, where gas drilling in the Marcellus shale has sparked a huge controversy and left some communities, like Dimock, PA, permanently scarred.

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Tagged with: fracking, hydraulic fracturing, gasland, hinchey, holt, polis, josh fox, mark ruffalo


First ever federal oversight of mercury air pollution from gold mining

By Bonnie Gestring

February 18, 2011

Today, at long last, the first ever federal regulations go into effect that create emission limits for mercury air pollution from gold mining.

Bass FishingWe became aware of the need for these regulations thanks to the Environmental Protection Agency's Toxics Release Inventory, which requires large polluters to publicly and annually report their pollution.

When the issue was initially identified in 1998, gold mining was the 2nd largest mercury air polluter after coal power plants. (Metal mining was and still is the largest total mercury polluter -- by far -- when you count land and water releases in addition to air.)

This is an important issue because mercury air pollution is very toxic. Children of women exposed to relatively high levels of methylmercury during pregnancy show delayed onset of walking and talking, reduced neurological test scores, and delays and deficits in learning ability.

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Tagged with: epa, regulation, mercury, tri, donlin creek


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