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The Haile Gold Mine, the Loopholes, the Permitting, and the Push Eastward

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By Aaron Mintzes

January 17, 2013

The Haile Mine near Kershaw, South Carolina first struck gold in 1827. Back then, the Carolinas lead the nation in gold mining until California’s 1849 Gold Rush drove our Manifest Destiny westward. Since then, most hardrock mining has occurred in the Mountain West where large tracts of public land allow mining companies to remove America’s precious metals for free under the 1872 mining law.

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Tagged with: mining reform, clean water act, loopholes, permitting, 1872, haile


Seven Attorneys General Call on EPA to Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Fracking

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By Aaron Mintzes

December 12, 2012

Yesterday, New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that he will lead a seven state coalition intending to sue the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for not following through on its obligations under the Clean Air Act. The Attorneys General from New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont take issue with the EPA’s new air rules on hydraulic fracturing in large measure because they do not do enough to curb climate change.

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Tagged with: fracking, hydraulic fracturing, methane, attorney general, epa air rules


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