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Victory for First Nations and Fish Lake, Prosperity Gold Mine is denied approval

By Jennifer Krill

November 3, 2010

A great victory for Indigenous Rights and the environment emerged in Canada this week when the government declined to authorize the Prosperity open-pit gold mine.

Widely criticized for its plan to fill Fish Lake (Teztan Biny) with toxic tailings, the Prosperity Mine has become a symbol of conflict between Canada's free-entry system for mining companies and its commitment to negotiate in good faith with First Nations.

Congratulations to the Tsilhqot'in Nation, whose release is after the jump:

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Tagged with: mining, gold mining, mining reform, miningwatch canada


50 Leading Jewellers Oppose Anglo American s Alaskan Gold Mine

By Bill Walker

November 2, 2010

LONDON, Nov. 2 Fifty of the world s leading jewellers, with more than $5.75 billion in annual sales, say they won t use gold from Anglo American PLC s proposed Pebble Mine, which threatens the world s most important fishing grounds for wild sockeye salmon in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

At a news conference today in Bond Street, heart of London's luxury jewelry trade, Nunamta Aulukestai (Caretakers of our Land), an association of nine Alaska Native village corporations in Bristol Bay, and Earthworks announced the latest jewelers to pledge not to use gold from Pebble Mine. The latest signatories include Fraser Hart, a leading UK independent jewellery retailer; Boucheron, a supplier of jewels to the British royal family; and Ingle & Rhode, a custom jeweler specializing in ethically sourced materials. They join Tiffany & Co, Goldsmiths, Mappin and Webb, Beaverbrooks and other leading retailers and designers representing thousands of stores in the UK and worldwide opposed to the project.

In some areas, mining of precious metals presents too great a risk to communities and the environment. Bristol Bay is such an area, said Noel Coyle, CEO of Fraser Hart. We support protection of Bristol Bay from large-scale mining, and will not source gold that comes at the expense of the communities and salmon fisheries of Bristol Bay.

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Tagged with: no dirty gold, bristol bay, anglo american, pebble


Perhaps now Newmont can afford a real royalty?

By Alan Septoff

November 2, 2010

Today Newmont, the largest U.S. based gold mining company and second largest in the world, announced record third quarter results: $2.6 billion in revenue and $534 million in net income.

Amount Newmont has ever paid U.S. taxpayers for mining public minerals from publicly owned lands: ZERO.

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Tagged with: 1872 mining law, newmont, mining reform, royalty


Halliburton lies of omission re Gulf Spill uncovered. Should we be trusting these guys on fracking?

By Gwen Lachelt

October 29, 2010

The presidential commission investigating the BP disaster says Halliburton knew -- before the explosion -- that its drilling cement was faulty. 

But they went said nothing -- raising grave doubts about whether the company is being honest about the danger of hydraulic fracturing of natural gas wells.<--break->

As many of you know, hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is Halliburton's patented process for injecting huge volumes of chemical-laced fluid into natural gas wells to force deposits to the surface. In 2005, the drilling services company's lobbying opened the Halliburton Loophole in the Safe Drinking Water Act, exempting fracking from federal regulation.

Of course, Halliburton assured Congress and the EPA that fracking is safe, but that has not been the experience of people who live near natural gas wells in Colorado, Wyoming, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio and other states.

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Tagged with: fracking, hydraulic fracturing, halliburton, gulf oil spill


Hunger strikers challenge Costa Rica mine decree

By Scott Cardiff

October 26, 2010

Defenders of the communities in Costa Rica threatened by Infinito Gold's Crucitas mine have been on a hunger strike for over two weeks to urge the government to revoke the mine's special decree.

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Tagged with: gold, costa rica, bellavista, infinito gold, forest, crucitas, road, macaw, river, trial


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