EARTHblog » Jennifer Krill
November 3, 2010
A great victory for Indigenous Rights and the environment emerged in Canada this week when the government declined to authorize the Prosperity open-pit gold mine.
Widely criticized for its plan to fill Fish Lake (Teztan Biny) with toxic tailings, the Prosperity Mine has become a symbol of conflict between Canada's free-entry system for mining companies and its commitment to negotiate in good faith with First Nations.
Congratulations to the Tsilhqot'in Nation, whose release is after the jump:
June 25, 2010
Gasland opens when Filmmaker Josh Fox is offered $100,000 for the drilling rights to the gas under his land in Pennsylvania near the New York border. Many people have signed on the dotted line and regretted it. But not Fox. He took off on a cross-country investigation of America to understand what it would mean to open the door to natural gas drilling on his family s land.
The film that resulted, Gasland, follows Josh as he exposes the environmental effects of drilling and hydraulic fracturing. What he uncovers is nothing new to OGAP members but horrifying to those unfamiliar with what it takes to turn on a light switch or light their stove top: homes with tap water so contaminated you can set it on fire; people with similar chronic illnesses and symptoms in drilling areas across the country; and toxic waste pits that kill livestock and wildlife.
From Dimock, Pennsylvania, to Wyoming s Powder River Basin to DISH, Texas and Aztec, New Mexico, Fox documents the dark side of America s energy policy: an oil and gas industry that is exempt from nearly every one of our federal environmental laws the Clean Air Act, National Environmental Policy Act and the Clean Water Act, to name a few. In 2005, Congress, thanks to former Vice-President Dick Cheney and Halliburton, exempted hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking") from the Safe Drinking Water Act.