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Fracking and the Safe Drinking Water Act reauthorization

By Lauren Pagel

May 26, 2010

The issue of hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells is at the forefront of the Safe Drinking Water Act reauthorization bill, which is being debated in the House Energy and Commerce Committee this morning. EARTHWORKS, along with our partners, is urging members of the Committee to support an amendment that may be offered by Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) that would require natural gas producers to disclose the chemicals used in during the process of hydraulic fracturing.

Disclosure of chemicals used in this process is the first step on the road to protecting public health and drinking water in the 34 states that are impacted by oil and gas drilling. EARTHWORKS also supports the passage of the FRAC Act (S. 1215 and H.R. 2677), which would close the current loophole that exempts hydraulic fracturing from the Safe Drinking Water Act. 

Stay tuned.

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Tagged with: fracking, hydraulic fracturing, disclosure, safe drinking water act, diana degette, amendment


Uranium-impacted citizens fly to D.C.

By Lauren Pagel

May 18, 2010

This week fifteen residents and experts from uranium-impacted communities flew into DC to discuss the hot-topic issues affecting the places where uranium is mined.

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Tagged with: mining reform, uranium


Another birthday for the 1872 Mining Law

By Lauren Pagel

May 12, 2010

Over the 20+ year EARTHWORKS history, we ve celebrated a lot of 1872 Mining Law birthdays. Every year on the 10th of May, our thoughts turn to the law that should have gone the way of the dodo long ago.

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Tagged with: 1872 mining law, stewart udall


Mother's don't want dirty gold for Mother's Day -- and 70 jewelry companies know it

By Scott Cardiff

May 6, 2010

I'm probably not the only one to have been scrambling to figure out what to do for my mother for Mother's Day. You want to give her something nice and ethical -- not jewelry made from gold mining that has poisoned communities and destroyed livelihoods.

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Tagged with: no dirty gold, golden rules, jewelry


Educating Nadia -- EARTHWORKS' new Marcellus organizer

By Nadia Steinzor

April 22, 2010

The bottle boasted water from "Endless Mountain," a place far away from "the contaminants of air and surface pollution." This should have made me feel good about drinking it except that it was given to me by a Dimock, PA resident whose tap water was contaminated after natural gas drilling came to town. For that, and the resulting weekly delivery of bottled water, she has Cabot Oil & Gas to thank.

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Tagged with: dimock


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