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Zales and Other Jewelry Retailers Say No to Pebble

By Scott Cardiff

April 13, 2010

The retail giant Zales and a number of other jewelry companies have added to the growing opposition to mining in the Bristol Bay watershed and the planned Pebble mine.  They have signed the Bristol Bay Protection Pledge and so stated their opposition to the copper-gold mine that would threaten one of the best salmon fisheries in the world.  The local communities in Alaska don't want the Pebble mine, and these jewelers are supporting the rights of the communities to protect their livelihoods.

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Tagged with: no dirty gold, pebble, jewelry


Jewelry report card update: more jewelers get a higher grade

By Alan Septoff

April 2, 2010

Last month, we told you about the release of Tarnished Gold: assessing the jewelry industry's progress on ethical sourcing of metalsIn essence, Tarnished Gold is a report card that evaluates the progress jewelers have made in pursuit of cleaner sources of precious metals.

Some jewelers saw the first report and realized they needed to do more, and tell us more about what they were already doing. So they sent us additional information and assurance about their efforts.

Yesterday we issued an updated report, which notes further advances by four large jewelers and a dozen smaller companies. Eleven small jewelry companies now deserve an "A" rating for their efforts.

For more information:

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Tagged with: no dirty gold, jewelry retailers


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


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