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Drilling industry ignores history, tries to overturn toxic pit rule

By Alan Septoff

January 28, 2010

Yesterday, New Mexico state legislator Thomas Taylor -- acting on behalf of the oil & gas drilling industry -- introduced a bill that would rescind the hard-won regulations protecting water and public health from toxic oil and gas waste pits.

The 2008 rules require lining all oil & gas waste pits.  They also prohibit waste pits entirely when groundwater is within 50 feet of the surface.

"Closed-loop" or "pitless" systems actually save drillers money -- on the order of 3% per well -- according to testimony before the New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission.

Hopefully the New Mexico legislature hasn't forgotten its responsibility to its citizens and their health, or the drilling industry's history of contaminated groundwater.

If not, this bill will die and quick and well-deserved death.

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Tagged with: new mexico, pit rule, pitless, closed-loop, hb192, taylor


Target yanks farmed salmon, will only sell wild Alaska salmon

By Alan Septoff

January 27, 2010

This is great news for Bristol Bay, and the fisherfolk and communities that rely upon it.

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Tagged with: no dirty gold, bristol bay, pebble, golden rules, salmon, target


Big court victory for Canadians, Canada's environment

By Alan Septoff

January 22, 2010

Canada's Supreme Court rules that federal government, industry can't avoid rigorous environmental analysis of mine proposals through administrative chicanery.

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Tagged with: canada, miningwatch canada, nepa, eis


Mountaintop removal on the Colbert Report

By Alan Septoff

January 19, 2010

"That's why when I go to the dentist, I have him remove my teeth through the top of my head."
(video after the jump)

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Tagged with: coal, mountaintop removal


Gwen Lachelt talks fracking on NPR's Science Friday

By Alan Septoff

January 8, 2010

Today on NPR's Science Friday our Gwen Lachelt and industry's Kathleen Sgamma discussed hydraulic fracturing with Ira Flatow.

You can download the audio file here.

 

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Tagged with: fracking, hydraulic fracturing, ira flatow, science friday


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