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New Amnesty International report details violence at Porgera gold mine in Papua New Guinea

By Morey Burnham

February 4, 2010

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Amnesty International has released a report urging the Papua New Guinean Government to investigate forced evictions and police violence associated with the Porgera gold mine in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.

Amnesty's report, Undermining Rights: Forced evictions and police brutality around the Porgera gold mine, Papua New Guinea, details the raids on villages that occurred between April- July of 2009, in which at least 130 buildings were burned down and families were forced out of their homes.

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Tagged with: barrick, irma, amnesty international, porgera


Tales from the Barnett Shale: the Ruggiero's story

By Alan Septoff

February 4, 2010

TXSharon over at Bluedaze just posted a series of aerial photos showing how one family, the Ruggieros, has been impacted by irresponsible gas drilling.

Since the day Aruba Petroleum invaded the Ruggieros, they have been subjected to overpowering diesel fumes, destruction of their property, a drilling waste spill, noise, another drilling waste spill, fugitive emission fumes, endless lies and much more.

Currently, the emissions from Aruba's wells are constantly pumping horrible smelling gas into the air. Christine suffers from headaches and blurry vision. Nine year-old Reilly sometimes feels as if she can't inhale fully. Tim has headaches, numbness in his extremities and sometimes looses his balance.

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Tagged with: barnett shale, shale gas, aruba petroleum, spills, ruggiero


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, closed-loop, pitless, 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


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