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Letter to Deputy Assistant Secretary Fulton

Letter to Deputy Assistant Secretary Fulton

PUBLICATION DATE: August 2, 2002

SUMMARY:

Because of regional variances and differences in governing legislation, to be credible, the task force must hold meetings with interested environmental and community groups working on coal, oil and gas, and hard rock minerals. It is critical that the task force have meetings on each issue in different regions of the country.

Testimony of Jim Kuipers, Consulting Mining Engineer, Center for Science in Public Participation

Testimony of Jim Kuipers, Consulting Mining Engineer, Center for Science in Public Participation

PUBLICATION DATE: July 23, 2002

SUMMARY:

The solution involves not weakening protections against corporate irresponsibility. Instead, the government should work with the industry and other stakeholders to ensure that adequate financial guarantees are in place so that the industry is able to pay for mine pollution clean-up and spare taxpayers the cost.

MPC News—summer 2002

MPC News—summer 2002

PUBLICATION DATE: July 1, 2002

Letter to Lowe’s about Ironite Fertilizer

Letter to Lowe’s about Ironite Fertilizer

PUBLICATION DATE: June 11, 2002

SUMMARY:

We request that you act to protect human health and consumers’ right to know by discontinuing the sale of Ironite at Lowe’s stores nationwide.

Letter to Home Depot about Ironite Fertilizer

Letter to Home Depot about Ironite Fertilizer

PUBLICATION DATE: June 11, 2002

SUMMARY:

We request that you act to protect human health and consumers’ right to know by discontinuing the sale of Ironite at Home Depot stores nationwide.

Decoding Cyanide

Decoding Cyanide

PUBLICATION DATE: February 22, 2002

AUTHOR: Robert E. Moran

SUMMARY: A Submission to the European Union and the United Nations Environmental Programme

Environmentalists’ Letter to Norton

Environmentalists’ Letter to Norton

PUBLICATION DATE: February 19, 2002

SUMMARY: Secretary Norton, you have the opportunity to benefit communities throughout the West and around the country by making lasting and important improvements to mining on public lands, according to these principles. The environmentally sustainable and fiscally prudent principles we offer are consistent with every other use of public lands. Thank you for the opportunity to share our principles of meaningful reform of the 1872 Mining Law.

Norton Reform Letter

Norton Reform Letter

PUBLICATION DATE: February 19, 2002

SUMMARY: Secretary Norton, you have the opportunity to benefit communities throughout the West and around the country by making lasting and important improvements to mining on public lands, according to these principles. The environmentally sustainable and fiscally prudent principles we offer are consistent with every other use of public lands. Thank you for the opportunity to share our principles of meaningful reform of the 1872 Mining Law.

Hydraulic Fracturing of Coalbed Methane Wells:  A Threat to Drinking Water

Hydraulic Fracturing of Coalbed Methane Wells:  A Threat to Drinking Water

PUBLICATION DATE: January 1, 2002

AUTHOR: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

SUMMARY: A report by the Natural Resources Defense Council outlining the threats to drinking water posed by hydraulic fracturing; and legislative solutions to minimize the threat.

Preserving our Public Lands

Preserving our Public Lands

PUBLICATION DATE: January 1, 2002

AUTHOR: Thomas Darin and Travis Stills

SUMMARY: This guide provides concerned citizens and activists with the tools they need to influence key public land decisions concerning oil and gas development on our national forests and on Bureau of Land Management lands.

Norton Mining Rule

Norton Mining Rule

PUBLICATION DATE: December 1, 2001

SUMMARY: On Thursday, October 25th, Secretary of Interior Gale Norton announced that the Bureau of Land Management would revoke the strong 3809 environmental mining rule first published in November 2000, and replace it with much weaker regulations. On Tuesday, October 30th, 2001, the BLM published the new, weak rule in the Federal Register. In doing so, Secretary Norton ignored 97% of public comments, turning her back on Western communities and the environment.

Una Mirada Alternativa a la Propuesta de Miner a en Tambogrande, Per

Una Mirada Alternativa a la Propuesta de Miner a en Tambogrande, Per

PUBLICATION DATE: August 15, 2001

AUTHOR: Robert E. Moran, Ph.D.

SUMMARY: Los impactos que se proyectan por la explotaci n de la mina son graves. La construcci n de la mina requerir la reubicaci n de aproximadamente 8.000 habitantes de una poblaci n de entre 14.000 a 16.000 personas y la desviaci n del cauce de un r o.

An Alternative Look at a Proposed Mine In Tambogrande, Peru

An Alternative Look at a Proposed Mine In Tambogrande, Peru

PUBLICATION DATE: August 15, 2001

AUTHOR: Robert E. Moran, Ph.D.

SUMMARY: Projected impacts of the mine could be severe. Construction of the mine would require the relocation of an estimated 8,000 inhabitants of a total population of between 14,000 and 16,000 people and the diversion of a local river.

MPC News—summer 2001

MPC News—summer 2001

PUBLICATION DATE: July 1, 2001

Millsite Claims

Millsite Claims

PUBLICATION DATE: February 1, 2001

SUMMARY: The 1872 Mining Law is an antiquated relic of a law that does not adequately protect taxpayers or the environment from the impacts associated with mining, especially modern mining.

The New 3809 Regulations

The New 3809 Regulations

PUBLICATION DATE: February 1, 2001

SUMMARY: On November 21st, 2000, the Bureau of Land Management published updated surface mining regulations that govern hardrock mining, and its environmental impacts, on the publicly owned lands managed by BLM. At 12 AM on January 20th, 2001, hours before George W. Bush was inaugurated, the rule went into effect. Efforts by the Bush administration to obstruct last minute regulations did not block the mining rule.

MPC Issue Paper #3: More Cyanide Uncertainties

MPC Issue Paper #3: More Cyanide Uncertainties

PUBLICATION DATE: January 1, 2001

AUTHOR: Robert Moran, Ph.D.

SUMMARY: Cyanide is a chemical lethal to humans in small quantities; a teaspoon of 2% cyanide solution can cause death. Due to a string of spills and accidents, this method of mining using large quantities cyanide to remove microscopic specs of gold from vast amounts of ore or crushed rock is creating more and more controversy.

Cyanide in Mining

Cyanide in Mining

PUBLICATION DATE: November 4, 2000

AUTHOR: Robert Moran, Ph.D.

SUMMARY: The use of cyanide (CN) compounds by the mining industry raises many conflicting and confusing issues.

Cyanide Heap Leach Packet

Cyanide Heap Leach Packet

PUBLICATION DATE: August 1, 2000

AUTHOR: EARTHWORKS

SUMMARY: A compilation of articles and graphics explaining the use of cyanide in heap leach mining -- and its effects.

MPC News—spring 2000

MPC News—spring 2000

PUBLICATION DATE: April 1, 2000

The Last American Dinosaur: The 1872 Mining Law

The Last American Dinosaur: The 1872 Mining Law

PUBLICATION DATE: March 24, 2000

Hardrock Reclamation Bonding Practices in the Western United States

Hardrock Reclamation Bonding Practices in the Western United States

PUBLICATION DATE: February 1, 2000

AUTHOR: James R. Kuipers, PE

SUMMARY: The total, potential reclamation bonding liability of all the western states presently exceeds one billion dollars.

Gold At What Price

Gold At What Price

PUBLICATION DATE: February 1, 2000

SUMMARY: Since the U.S. holds the largest reserve of gold in the world, the U.S. stands to lose the most if other governments sell first.

TRI Toolkit

TRI Toolkit

PUBLICATION DATE: January 1, 2000

SUMMARY: Mineral Policy Center Citizen's Guide

MPC News—winter 2000

MPC News—winter 2000

PUBLICATION DATE: January 1, 2000

AUTHOR: EARTHWORKS staff

Six Mines, Six Mishaps

Six Mines, Six Mishaps

PUBLICATION DATE: September 1, 1999

SUMMARY: SIX MINES, SIX MISHAPS, demonstrates that there are still too many loopholes and gaps in BLM mining regulations. The results are troubling because today's mines are massive operations thatuse dangerous processing chemicals, and have the potential to become major pollution problems. When something goes wrong at one of these mines, it is the public's land, water, and wildlife resources that are impacted.

14 Steps to Sustainability

14 Steps to Sustainability

PUBLICATION DATE: July 1, 1999

AUTHOR: Krista Dahlberg

MPC News—winter 1999

MPC News—winter 1999

PUBLICATION DATE: January 1, 1999

Cyanide Uncertainties

Cyanide Uncertainties

PUBLICATION DATE: January 1, 1998

AUTHOR: Robert Moran, PhD

Millsite Opinion - Leshy

PUBLICATION DATE: November 7, 1997

AUTHOR: John Leshy

SUMMARY: Explains that the 1872 Mining Law does not provide unlimited public land for ancillary mining uses (i.e. waste dumping).

Golden Patents, Empty Pockets

Golden Patents, Empty Pockets

PUBLICATION DATE: June 1, 1994

AUTHOR: Thomas Hilliard

SUMMARY: Golden Patents, Empty Pockets reports the full scope and dimension of the patenting boondoggle and its origins in an outmoded Civil War-era statute -- the 1872 Mining Law.

Burden of Gilt

Burden of Gilt

PUBLICATION DATE: June 1, 1993

AUTHOR: James Lyon, T. Hilliard, T. Bethell

SUMMARY: The legacy of environmental damage from abandoned mines, and what America should do about it.

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