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EPA Acts to Protect Appalachia from Mining Waste - now we Need the EPA to Protect the rest of America Too!

By Jennifer Krill

April 1, 2010

In a stunning development today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued new guidance designed to protect Appalachian streams from mountaintop removal mining, by taking an important step to prevent the removed mountaintops from being dumped into streams and valleys. This is great news for Appalachia, and EARTHWORKS congratulates our allies for their hard work in bringing this issue to the forefront of the EPA s attention, and we also applaud Lisa Jackson and her team at the EPA for recognizing the importance of protecting clean water.

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Tagged with: mining, gold mining, jennifer krill, lisa jackson, coal


No Fooling: Obama continues Bush-era mining giveaways

By Lauren Pagel

April 1, 2010

The Obama administration defending bad Bush-era mining policies? I wish that I could add an "April Fools!" after that statement, but unfortunately, it's true.

In addition to opening up vast areas of our coastline to offshore oil drilling yesterday, the Obama administration also decided to allow unlimited amounts of our nation's public lands to be used as waste dumps for the mining industry.

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Tagged with: 1872 mining law, obama, lawsuit, millsite


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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Tagged with: hydraulic fracturing, gasland, josh fox, now


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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