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Obama Administration Finalizes Million Acre Ban on Mining Near Grand Canyon

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By Lauren Pagel

January 9, 2012

Today I sat in an auditorium in the National Geographic building here in DC and watched Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar sign an administrative withdrawal to protect over 1 million acres of public lands around the Grand Canyon from new mining for 20 years. This action is the culmination of nearly 4 years of effort by a broad coalition to protect this sensitive ecosystem from uranium mining.

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Tagged with: 1872 mining law, uranium mining, grand canyon, arizona, obama, secretary salazar


Energy Department Shale Gas Advisory Panel: Miles to go to clean up natural gas development

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By Lauren Pagel

November 10, 2011

Today the Shale Gas Subcommittee of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board – formed at the request of President Obama – issued its final draft report. The report focuses on the implementation of the many positive recommendations made by the subcommittee in its previous report that came out in August.

When the initial report was released, I had hoped that it would be a wake up call to the Obama administration, moving them on a path towards more responsible oversight of gas drilling. While some positive steps have been taken to protect our air, land and water from the impacts of drilling, it’s clear from this new report that we still have a long way to go.

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Tagged with: epa, natural gas, water, obama, doi, shale gas subcommittee, air, doe


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