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GASLAND on NOW.

By Alan Septoff

March 31, 2010

GASLAND, the documentary, is getting the attention it deserves for revealing the risks involved with hydraulic fracturing.  Last week Josh Fox, GASLAND's creator, was on the PBS news show NOW.  View the show after the jump.

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Remembering Stewart Udall

By Jennifer Krill

March 26, 2010

This is a sad week in the history of conservation: this past Saturday Stewart Udall, in my view our nation s greatest Secretary of the Interior, died at age 90.

We at EARTHWORKS are proud to have worked with Secretary Udall. In 1988, he helped found our organization, and served as the chairman of our board of directors for a decade, providing guidance and leadership in our efforts to protect communities and the environment from the destructive impacts of mineral development in the U.S. and worldwide.

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Stewart Udall was a conservation giant, and a builder

By Jim Lyon

March 26, 2010

Jim Lyon was EARTHWORKS (then Mineral Policy Center) Vice President for Policy in the early 1990's -- the closest we've come to comprehensive hardrock mining reform in 137 years and counting. He is currently the Vice President for Conservation Policy at the National Wildlife Federation. He writes:

I had the honor of working closely with Stewart in the early 1990s when I was with Mineral Policy Center, and 1872 Mining Law reform legislation was on the national stage. And what could be better than the opportunity of working with a conservation legend. Stewart took Mining Law reform personally.  He would repeatedly say to us that he felt it was unfinished family business for he and his brother Mo. In 1993, he wrote:

"Thirty-three years ago, in The Quiet Crisis, I wrote -- America today stands poised on a pinnacle of wealth and power, yet we live in a land of vanishing beauty, of increasing ugliness, of shrinking open space, and an of an overall environment that is diminished daily by pollution and noise and blight --  As for hardrock mining, however, I could have written those same words this morning. ...There can be no justification for permitting the hardrock mining industry to continue exempting itself from environmental standards applicable to most other industries."

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Stewart Udall knew first-hand the dangers of reckless mining

By Phil Hocker

March 26, 2010

Phil Hocker cofounded EARTHWORKS (as Mineral Policy Center), along with Stewart Udall and Michael McCloskey. Phil served as Mineral Policy Center s first executive director from its founding in 1988 through 1997. He writes:

I mourn the loss of Stewart Lee Udall. 

From 1954 to 1960, Stewart Udall served as Congressman from a mining-dominated region of Arizona. He knew first-hand the reckless damage the mining industry causes. He knew that the 1872 Mining Law still gives mining corporations vast power to overwhelm other values on public lands. He strove to fix it.

In January 1969, when he stepped down after eight years as Secretary of the Interior, Stewart wrote:

"...after eight years in this office, I have come to the conclusion that the most important piece of unfinished business on the nation's resource agenda is the complete replacement of the Mining Law of 1872."

When EARTHWORKS (then known as Mineral Policy Center) was formed in 1988, Stewart Udall volunteered to be Chairman of our Board of Directors. He lent his prestige and his knowledge to the campaign to reform the 1872  Mining Law. Stewart testified in person at an early Reform hearing in the Senate. He and I went door-to-door in the offices of Congress, meeting with Representatives and Senators to explain the need for 1872 Reform. He wrote letters and op-ed pieces to help spread the word. 

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Udall was unique in marrying vision to action

By Stephen D'Esposito

March 26, 2010

Stephen D Esposito was Phil Hocker s successor, and served as EARTHWORKS second president and executive director from 1997 through 2008. He is now the President of RESOLVE. He writes:

Stewart had a unique capacity to match a global conversation vision with actions that made a difference to the people and the places that we all love. 

EARTHWORKS had the good fortune to be guided by this vision and pragmatism from the outset.  The Udall spirit and drive to find solutions to environmental challenges lives on in organizations like EARTHWORKS, the Udall Foundation and the foundation's support for the U.S. Institute of Environmental Conflict Resolution.

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